Atalanta and Spezia do battle in the Coppa Italia on Thursday afternoon, with a quarter-final clash against Inter Milan the reward for the victor.
La Dea have been in free-scoring form of late and might well have too much quality for Spezia at the Gewiss Stadium in this cup clash.
Despite drawing 2-2 as recently as January 4, Atalanta are the firm favourites going into this encounter at 4/11 for the win inside 90 minutes, with a draw at 4/1 and a shock Spezia victory on the road at 7/1.
Atalanta vs Spezia Betting Tips
- #PickYourPunt – Atalanta win, both teams to score and over 7.5 total corners @ 5/2
- Ademola Lookman anytime goalscorer @ 11/10
Atalanta have a big Serie A game on Sunday to come against Juventus, so boss Gian Piero Gasperini might well make several changes for the arrival of Spezia.
The good news for Gasperini is that he has a largely healthy squad to choose from, as only Luis Muriel is an injury doubt for the clash on Thursday.
Midfielder Teun Koopmeiners is suspended for league action but can feature in the Coppa Italia against Spezia and is likely to start the match.
As for the visitors, goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet is unavailable, so Bartlomiej Dragowski is set to continue between the sticks for Luca Gotti’s side.
Like Koopmeiners for Atalanta, Dimitrios Nikolaou is suspended for Spezia’s Serie A game at the weekend against Roma so is expected to get the nod here.
#PickYourPunt – Atalanta win, both teams to score and over 7.5 total corners @ 5/2
Sat in sixth place in the Serie A table and on the back of an 8-2 thrashing of Salernitana last time out, Atalanta will be full of confidence going into this one.
While Gasperini’s side have looked going forward, they have also had their issues at the back.
Failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six Serie A games, it would be little surprise for Spezia to get on the scoresheet at the Gewiss Stadium.
With Atalanta having the quality and strength in depth to win this encounter in the 90, but possibly allowing Spezia at least a goal, there’s more value to be added to the #PickYourPunt selection via the total corner market.
Atalanta’s 18 Serie A games this season have averaged 7.67 total goals, while Spezia’s have averaged 9.94.
With that under consideration, over 7.5 total corners has been added to the selection to boost the #PickYourPunt odds to 5/2.
Ademola Lookman anytime goalscorer @ 11/10
Ademola Lookman bagged a brace last time out against Salernitana to take his tally for the Serie A season up to nine in 17 appearances.
Lookman could well be involved in some capacity on Thursday afternoon and, on current form, looks to be good value at 11/10 to get on the scoresheet in the 90 minutes.
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