Both Atalanta and AC Milan kicked their seasons into gear in positive fashion last weekend, courtesy of respective downings of Sampdoria and Udinese.
In turn, it should come as little surprise to hear of little separating the two clubs when it comes to odds, ahead of their imminent Sunday clash.
It is Milan, though, who have emerged as slight favourites, and probably for good reason.
The Rossoneri were superb on the road en route to clinching the Scudetto in 2021/22, and got the better of their upcoming opponents in both Lombardy and Bergamo.
Opting for Stefano Pioli’s troops as eventual winners at odds of 2.45 could therefore prove shrewd business.
Should AC Milan ultimately go on to emerge triumphant over Atalanta, one man who will no doubt have proven key as to why comes in the form of Rafael Leao.
The reigning Serie A Player of the Year is fresh off an 11-goal haul in the Italian top-flight last time out, and will no doubt fancy his chances of opening his account for the new term at the Gewiss Stadium.
Bet365 are currently offering odds of +750 for Leao to open the scoring in Bergamo this weekend.
Atalanta and AC Milan are set to go head to head in this Serie A showdown on Sunday evening.
As alluded to above, the two sides will head into proceedings having enjoyed solid starts to their respective seasons.
It was Milan, though, who looked the more impressive, in putting four goals past Udinese. Atalanta, on the other hand, whilst ultimately emerging on the right side of what looked a comfortable 2-0 scoreline, were 2nd best for much of their meeting with Sampdoria.
Add to this the champions’ six points from six at Atalanta’s expense last season, and it is Milan, just, who should be viewed as favourites here.
Turning attentions towards the personnel front, Sunday’s visitors will again be forced to make do without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Rade Krunic having too been added to the injury list at Milanello this week.
On a more positive note, though, Sandro Tonali is expected to return to the fray, with summer arrival Charles De Ketelaere pushing for a first-ever start in Rossoneri colours.
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini, meanwhile, will be unable to call on any of Merih Demiral, Ederson, Davide Zappacosta, Simone Muratore, Marco Carnesecchi, or Jose Luis Palomino.
Recent signing Ademola Lookman, like the aforementioned De Ketelaere, though, is pushing for a starting berth, after finding the net off the bench on opening weekend.