Spal vs Atalanta: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Alex Campean

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:11 AM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 10:11 AM UTC

Atalanta are determined to kick-off their Serie A season with an away win

<div><h2>Spal vs Atalanta</h2><p><strong>Sunday, August 25, at Stadio Paolo Mazza (Ferrara)</strong></p><p>Atalanta were the surprise package last season finishing 3rd in the standings after Juventus and Napoli but above Inter, AC Milan, AS Roma, earning a Champions League group stage spot. Not just that but they were the best attacking squad in the Italian top-flight league with 77 goals scored last term and one of the most exciting teams to watch if you are a neutral fan and enjoy the attacking approach. We don’t expect them to repeat the same results, but we expect them to win their matches against smaller sides like Spal. The visitors finished 14th last season just 4 points above the red zone and their main objective once again is to avoid relegation and play for at least 1 more season in Serie A.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Atalanta did well this summer to keep their core of players. Their top striker Duvan Zapata, who enjoyed a brilliant season and most important their experienced captain and brain of the team Papu Gomez. They were very active this summer signing Luis Muriel for €13m from Sevilla, a talented striker who became their most expensive transfer. Their coach Gian Piero Gasperini has now the option to play Zapata or Muriel as they are competing in 2 difficult competitions in the same time, Serie A and Champions League. They also transferred Ruslan Malinovskyi from Genk and Marco Varnier from Cittadella, a central midfielder and a centre-back. On the other side, Spal’s most notable acquisition is Andrea Petagna from Atalanta, whom they made a permanent transfer after his loan ended in the summer.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>We expect an offensive approach from Atalanta, the same style they used last term. The visitors struggle in the pre-season friendly matches but that’s not relevant as both teams are yet to play a competitive match this term. Atalanta should sign more quality players if they want to achieve great results this season. Their bench is poor, and they will have problems to compete at their highest level in both Champions League and Serie A. But there’s still time before the UCL group stages kick off so Atalanta should have enough to kick-off their domestic campaign in style with an away win over Spal. We don’t expect an easy win from the visitors because Spal are a stubborn and tough side to play against most of all when they are at home but Atalanta’s quality and attacking firepower should prevail.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Serie A Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best tip for the match: Atalanta to win at 1.83 with Bet365.</strong></em></a></p></div>
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