Denzel Dumfries’ debut season at Inter
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Inter vs Atalanta: Line-ups
Expect Goals in This One
Inter must resume Serie A duty on Sunday, having gone unbeaten in 12 consecutive top-flight games, after a triumph 2-1 over Lazio last week helped them stay a point clear of city rivals Milan at the top of the table. Maximum points were secured at the expense of Inzaghi’s former club, as a powerful Milan Skriniar header decided a close contest in Inter’s favour – gaining a measure of revenge for their only league loss of the campaign to the Aquile back in October.
As they now make the short trip to Bergamo, they will be seeking to score in a 40th straight Serie A fixture, which would be just the third time any team have done so in the competition’s long history.
Indeed, the Nerazzurri are one of only two teams to have scored in each of their league games across the top five European leagues this term, along with Bayern Munich. Two of their 51-goal haul so far – arriving at an average of over 2.5 per game – came in a 2-2 draw in their most recent meeting with this week’s opponents: September’s reverse fixture at San Siro.
Despite claiming a point from their latest tussle with their more illustrious neighbours, Atalanta are without a win in the clubs’ last six Serie A encounters – drawing four and losing two. For a side associated with free-scoring football, they have surprisingly been held goalless on three of those occasions, and are now looking for their first league victory in this all-Lombardy affair since November 2018.
Fifth-placed Juve are just three points behind them heading into the weekend’s action, so the pressure to perform remains intense, even after winning their last league match 6-2 away to Udinese. Following the cancellation of their opening fixture versus Torino, the Orobici began 2022 in fine style thanks to an opening strike from Mario Pasalic and Luis Muriel’s double, among others.
Atalanta rarely sit back against the top sides, and Inter have opened the scoring more often than any other team in Serie A this season – on 16 occasions – so this enticing encounter could be explosive right from the kickoff. Therefore, a repeat of the scoreline the pair produced in a thunderous first meeting of the season a few months ago is in prospect – with a score draw the likeliest result.