Atalanta vs Sassuolo Prediction, 1/3/2021 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atalanta vs Sassuolo
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Atalanta (-161) Sassuolo (+310)
Gewiss Stadium is the venue where Luis Muriel and Atalanta (6-4-3, 7th in Serie A) will play Sassuolo (7-5-2, 4th in Serie A) on Sunday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Marco Sportiello for Atalanta and Andrea Consigli for Sassuolo. The moneyline on this matchup has Atalanta priced at -161 and Sassuolo are at +310. The total has been set at 3.5.
Atalanta played Bologna in their most recent match and wrapped up with a draw by a score of 2-2. Atalanta attempted 17 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 9 of those tries for a percentage of 52.9%. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 84.8% rate by connecting on 508 out of their 599 passing targets last game. In terms of shooting accuracy, Atalanta walked away from the pitch at a 45.5% rate by hitting 5 shots on target out of 11 total shots. Atalanta averages 2.15 g/90 (28 goals in total) and have tallied 19 assists in all matches this year.
Luis Muriel is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Atalanta. He has 30 assists while accumulating 28 yellow card warnings in his career. Muriel has had a starting assignment in 163 outings in his career and he tallies 0.49 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Colombia has accumulated 82 goals in 15,148 mins. Another player who should impact this match is Duvan Zapata, the forward representing Colombia. Zapata has accumulated 13,699 mins during 155 career starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 20 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 27 times so far in his career while he has scored 84 goals. He is averaging 0.55 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Atalanta will be Marco Sportiello. Sportiello (52-43-74 record during his soccer career) has accumulated 46 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 27.1% clean sheet rate. The goalie from Italy has seen 735 shots tried at him in 170 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.42 (241 goals surrendered) and his save percentage is .684. Sportiello has played for a total of 15,272 minutes and has 499 stops during his career.
For their last match, Sassuolo went home victorious with a score of 3-2 against Sampdoria. Sassuolo finished the match with a 56.0% successful dribble rate by converting 14 out of the 25 dribbles they attempted. They finished the contest by connecting on 404 out of their 473 passes they tried for a rate of 85.4%. Sassuolo had 8 shots attempted out of the team's 14 shots attempted which had them at a 57.1% rate when they last took the field. With a total of 25 goals and 14 assists in all their games, Sassuolo averages 1.79 goals and 1.00 assist per 90.
Francesco Caputo will be someone to watch for Sassuolo. The forward hailing from Italy has played 30,485 mins and he has scored 161 goals. He has totaled 45 yellow cards in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 46 times. He currently averages 0.48 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 336 contests so far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Domenico Berardi, the forward who is from Italy. Berardi has been given 67 yellow card warnings in 19,882 mins played (233 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.39. He has earned 87 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 57 times.
Andrea Consigli is expected to look after the goal for Sassuolo. Consigli has accumulated 128 shutouts and has seen 1,959 shots attempted against him in 40,506 mins throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of .706 and his clean sheet rate sits at 28.2%. He has allowed 1.32 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 165-118-165. Thus far in his career, Consigli has surrendered 595 goals and has accounted for 1,384 saves in 454 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atalanta (-161)
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