Europa League Champions Atalanta Host Torino

Atalanta vs Torino Betting Preview: Torino Fighting for European Spot

Atalanta Coming off First European Trophy Win

On Wednesday, Ademola Lookman scored the first-ever hat trick in a Europa League Final as Atalanta took down Bayer Leverkusen 3-0. La Dea ended Bayer Leverkusen’s 51-game unbeaten streak and won their first European trophy on the club’s best-ever night. Atalanta has two more games on their Serie A schedule left, though, and will take on Torino on Sunday. Il Toro is coming off a massive win over AC Milan and they’re fighting for a European spot. We’ll cover the odds, team news, and UEFA qualification scenarios in our Atalanta vs Torino betting preview.

ATA Atalanta vs Torino TOR

Records: Atalanta (20-6-10), Torino (13-14-10)
Day/Time: SLocation: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo
Stream: Paramount+

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Former Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata scored twice against his former club as Torino defeated La Dea 3-0 back in December. Atalanta vs Torino betting previews mention it was Torino’s first win over Atalanta in the Italian Serie A since 2019. Still, Torino have avoided defeat on four of their last five trips to Bergamo. Last season, Atalanta did defeat Torino 3-1 at the Gewiss Stadium, though.

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Lookman Powers Atalanta to UEL Win

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta executed the perfect gameplan on Wednesday vs. previously unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen. La Dea relentlessly pressed Leverkusen and gave them very little time on the ball. Lookman had the game of his life as he executed three incredible finishes for the first hat trick in the Final of a UEFA competition since 1975.

Atalanta had already qualified for the Champions League through Serie A and now they can rest easy, with their first major European trophy. There is speculation that longtime manager Gasperini may be joining Napoli in the Summer so the remaining Serie A matches could be his last with the club. Atalanta can finish no lower than fifth place in the Serie A table and no higher than third. Atalanta have won their last five Serie A games and are just two points behind both Bologna and Juventus.

Charles de Ketelaere has scored three goals in his last two Serie A matches for La Dea. Gianluca Scamacca has also been in good form and he should be the one leading the line for Italy at Euro 2024 this Summer. Marten de Roon is injured and Hans Hateboer is suspended for Atalanta on Sunday but expect Gasperini to rotate his squad.

Torino’s European Hopes Still Alive

Torino’s hopes of finishing in the European places are very much still alive. A lot will depend on the Fiorentina standings and the Viola’s performance in the UEFA Europa Conference League Final but Torino can do themselves a world of good by winning their final match of the season on Sunday. There are a few scenarios in which Torino can qualify for European competitions.

If Torino finishes in eighth place, they’re guaranteed a spot in at least the Conference League. Currently, Torino is in ninth, one point behind Fiorentina, who have two more games to play. If Atalanta finishes in fifth and Fiorentina wins the Conference League Final but finishes outside the top seven, Torino can qualify for the Conference League in ninth. All of this amounts to Torino needing to win on Sunday, with Napoli just one point back.

Il Toro has played quite well recently and is coming off a 3-1 win over AC Milan. Duvan Zapata and Ivan Ilic scored headers while Ricardo Rodriguez scored a screamer for his first-ever goal with the club. Torino have won their last two matches and three of their last six have finished in scoreless draws. This season, Torino matches have averaged just 1.86 goals per game, by far the lowest figure in Serie A.

Atalanta vs Torino Odds

The Atalanta vs Torino betting odds are certainly taking La Dea’s Europa League victory and subsequent championship hangover into account. Torino, despite playing on the road, are +110 favorites for their season finale on Sunday. Atalanta are +250 underdogs and they’ll have no particular impetus to win this match with a Champions League place already confirmed.

Sure, Atalanta can finish in third place with two more wins but don’t expect them to be at their best after winning a first European trophy just four days earlier. Still, Atalanta +0.5 comes in at -125 odds, and bettors can back a draw at +265.

Torino is just 5-5-8 on the road this season and they haven’t beaten a top-half team away from home. Zapata has been the key man for Torino this season, with 12 of their 36 Serie A goals. Note that Torino has failed to score in four of their last six matches, though.

For Serie A predictions, odds analysis, and more, visit Point Spreads Sports Magazine.


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