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Atalanta vs Bologna - La Dea’s European hopes set to receive a boost

Free scoring Atalanta to serve up goals against relegation threatened Bologna
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Atalanta are backed to claim crucial win over Bologna (Getty Images)

Atalanta vs Bologna Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Atalanta are expected to be too strong for Bologna in an Italian Serie A fixture at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. The hosts have won three of their last four Serie A matches and are tipped to beat their troubled visitors at 1.50. The Bergamo club are also predicted to edge an outcome of over 2.5 goals at 2.20 as they are among the leading scorers in Serie A this season.

Atalanta BC Form & Team News


Atalanta are coming off a 3-1 victory at Parma in their previous Serie A outing. They fought back from a goal down, Mario Pasalic pulling them level before Duvan Zapata sealed the win with a second half brace.

La Dea remain in contention for a Champions League slot as they sit sixth on the table, three points behind AC Milan in fourth position. Gian Piero Gasperini's men are unbeaten in their last five matches, claiming three wins in that run and are valued at 1.50 to emerge victorious on Thursday.

Zapata remains the standout player for Atalanta this season with 19 goals, including nine in his last 10 matches. The striker is expected to start alongside Josip Ilicic who has three goals in his last seven matches. 

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Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta have won three of their last four matches (Getty Images)

Bologna FC 1909 Form & Team News


Bologna earned a 2-1 victory at home against Sassuolo last time out in Serie A. Mattia Destro struck a dramatic winner in the sixth minute of added time after the visitors had cancelled out Eric Pulgar's opener.

The victory lifted them out of the relegation zone as they are now two points above Empoli in 18th. Roberto de Zerbi's men remain one of the poorest teams this season with just six Serie A wins and victory in Bergamo is priced at 7.00 while a draw is value at 4.00.

Bologna have alternated their strikers this season in a bid to find some consistency in attack. Top scorer Federico Santander could return to the starting lineup after sitting out the victory over Sassuolo.

Atalanta vs Bologna Head-to-Head


Atalanta have 15 wins and nine draws while Bologna have triumphed seven times in 31 previous matches. La Dea have won the last six meetings, including a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

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Atalanta have won the last six matches against Bologna (Getty Images)

Atalanta vs Bologna Match Up


Atalanta will be banking on Zapata to provide the spark in attack having scored nine goals in his last 10 Serie A matches. The Colombian striker's combination with Ilicic has been pivotal for the hosts and both men are tipped to get the better of the visitors.

Bologna's constant rotation in attack makes it difficult for any of the strikers to get a rhythm going. The likes of Santander and Destro have been inconsistent throughout the season and are likely to struggle in Bergamo.

Atalanta vs Bologna Key Statistics 


  • Atalanta have won 3 of their last 4 matches (Serie A).
  • Atalanta have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches (Serie A).
  • Atalanta's Duvan Zapata has scored 21 goals in his last 19 matches in all competitions.
  • Bologna have lost their last 6 matches against Atalanta (all competitions).
  • Bologna have scored at least 1 goal in their last 6 away matches (all competitions).

Verdict


Atalanta can claim the win here with their superior attack tipped to outscore a poor Bologna. Duvan Zapata has been sensational this season so am sticking with the striker in the goalscorer markets. 

Best Bet: Atalanta Win @ 1.50 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Atalanta Win & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.20 at bet365 - 2 Units
Score & Win Double Tip: Duvan Zapata & Atalanta Win @ 2.30 at paddypower - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Duvan Zapata @ 3.75 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Atalanta Win 3-1 @ 12.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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