As the Italian Serie A continues this weekend, Verona welcomes Atalanta on Sunday, March 18th, 2018, at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona in one of the most interesting games of this round, as the hosts are fighting to survive in the first tier, while the visitors are still searching for the UEFA Europa League spot. The bookmakers favor Atalanta at -195 to win the match, while the markets on the Over/Under 2.5 Goals are set at -125/+105, so let’s see what can we look for in this clash.
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VERONA has earned six points in the last five rounds of the Italian Serie A, winning two matches in a row against Torino (2-1) on the road, and Chievo (1-0) in front of the home fans, while they were beaten by Lazio, Sampdoria, and AS Roma without scoring a single goal. The Mastiffs are sitting at the next-to-last spot of the Italian Serie A table at the moment with 22 points, a 6-4-17 record and a 25:51 goal difference, two points behind Sassuolo in the safe 17th spot.
At home, Verona has a 4-1-9 record with a 12:25 goal difference, winning two out of the last five matches along with three defeats, while they’ve managed to find the net in seven out of their previous ten games on the home soil. The Mastiffs have beaten Atalanta in the last three head-to-head meetings at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, as two out of these three tilts had more than two goals in the total, while for the next duel, the manager Fabio Pecchia can count on all his important first team players.
On the other side, ATALANTA has won only one out of their last seven matches in all competitions along with three stalemates and three losses, keeping their net intact once in the process. In the last five Serie A rounds, the Goddess has earned eight points, recording two victories, two draws, and one defeat with a 4:4 goal difference, while Atalanta is currently in the eight spot of the Serie A table with 41 points, an 11-8-8 record, and a 38:31 goal difference, six points behind AC Milan in the sixth, and three points behind Sampdoria in the seventh spot.
In 14 Serie A matches on the road, the Goddess has a 5-4-5 record with a 17:18 goal difference, winning three out of the previous five away games along with one draw and one defeat and scoring in each but one out of their last eight encounters on the road. For the clash against Verona, the manager Gian Piero Gasperini can field his best eleven, as all players are healthy and ready to go.
Betting Odds on the Total at BetDSI Sportsbook
Over 2.5 Goals @ -125
Under 2.5 Goals @ +105
Why Bet on the Under?
Both Verona and Atalanta are playing pretty tightly in the last few weeks as just one out of their last ten games in the Serie A had more than two goals in the total, while eight out of 14 Atalanta’s away matches were ended in the under, including the previous three games against Juventus (2-0 loss), Bologna (1-0 win), and Crotone (1-1 draw). On the other side, two out of the last three Verona’s home matches were finished in the under.
Why Bet on the Over?
Verona has finished the majority of their Serie A matches in the over, as 17 out of their 27 encounters had at least three goals in the total. Likewise, nine out of 14 Verona’s home games had more than two goals in the total. Likewise, if you like to bet against the streak, this clash is a perfect choice, as both teams desperately need a win, so we can expect to see some attacking football this Sunday at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.
Verona vs. Atalanta Over/Under Betting Pick
The weight of this clash is huge, so I believe we’ll see at least a goal on both sides (the market on both teams to score is set at -110), despite the visitors are big favorites to win the match. After some tight matches in the recent past, I think we could easily see a bunch of goals in this one, so I will go with the over, while you can check out the remaining lines and odds on BetDSI Sportsbook.
MY PICK: Over 2.5 Goals (-125)