Bologna vs Atalanta Prediction, 12/23/2020 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Bologna vs Atalanta
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Bologna (+285) Atalanta (-145)
Stadio Renato Dall'Ara is the venue where Rodrigo Palacio and Bologna (4-2-7, 13th in Serie A) will play Atalanta (6-3-3, 7th in Serie A) on Wednesday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Angelo Da Costa for Bologna and Marco Sportiello for Atalanta. The Goddess are at at -145 while Bologna are at +285. The over/under opens at 3.
Bologna faced Torino in their last matchup and finished with a draw with a score of 1-1. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 87.3% passes received rate by connecting on 344 out of their 394 passing attempts last contest. Bologna attempted 20 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 10 of the attempts for a rate of 50.0%. In relation to shooting accuracy, Bologna ended this match at a 37.5% rate by putting 6 shots on target of 16 total shots. Bologna averages 1.31 goals per 90 min (17 goals in total) and have racked up 13 assists in all matches for the season.
Rodrigo Palacio is a player who can be a difference maker for Bologna. Palacio has been a starter in 273 contests so far in his career and he accounts for 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Argentina has accumulated 89 goals scored in 24,379 minutes. He has accounted for 54 assists while earning 51 yellow card warnings in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Musa Barrow, the forward born in Gambia. He has helped on a goal 9 times so far in his career while scoring 16 total goals. Barrow has played 3,630 mins in 38 career starts and has been given a total of 1 yellow card caution. He is averaging 0.40 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The guy protecting the net for Bologna will be Angelo Da Costa. Da Costa (53-40-69 mark in his career) has tallied 34 shutouts, which leaves him with a 21.4% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Brazil has had 775 shots tried at him in 159 career starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.36 (219 goals surrendered) and his save % is .723. Da Costa has seen the field for 14,458 mins and has accumulated 557 stops in his career.
In their last game, Atalanta went home victorious with a score of 4-1 against AS Roma. Atalanta finished with a 80.8% successful dribble rate by converting 21 of the 26 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 490 of the 515 attempted passes for a percentage of 95.1%. Atalanta converted 8 shots tried out of their 15 shots tried earning them a 53.3% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 26 goals and 19 assists in all their contests, Atalanta averages 2.17 goals and 1.58 assists per 90 min.
Luis Muriel should provide a spark for Atalanta. The forward representing Colombia has played 15,084 mins while scoring 80 goals. He has totaled 28 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 30 times. He averages 0.48 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 162 games during his career. You should also watch out for Duvan Zapata, the forward representing Colombia. He has tallied 84 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 27 times. Zapata has earned himself 20 yellow card warnings in 13,673 minutes played (155 career starts). His goals per 90 min average thus far in his career is 0.55.
Marco Sportiello will look after the net for Atalanta. Sportiello has racked up 46 shutouts while seeing 735 shots tried against him in 15,272 minutes throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of .684 and his shutout rate is 27.1%. He has surrendered 1.42 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 52-43-74. Thus far in his career, Sportiello has given up 241 goals and has racked up 499 stops in 170 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atalanta (-145)
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