Inter is closer to the victory.
First of all, they have the home advantage and we can’t underestimate that fact. The home fans will give a big support to their players at Giuseppe Meazza.
The atmosphere in Inter squad has improved after the last match. The Nerazzurri managed to win 2:0 against Sampdoria on Wednesday. I am sure that victory will have a positive impact to the players, as well as for the fans. Inter is currently fifth, one point behind Fiorentina. Having on mind that Fiorentina have a hard game against Milan, this is an opportunity for Inter to overtake the fourth position. I believe the players will be motivated to win. Inter have a good schedule in the remaining rounds, only the match with Napoli is against a side higher than them on the table.
Both coaches have missing players. Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni will be without Rodrigo Palacio. His absence is a big handicap, particularly knowing that Diego Milito is also injured. It is expected Antonio Cassano and Tommaso Rocchi to lead the attack. Both are good and experienced strikers. In addition, Dejan Stankovic is out injured, just as long-term absentees Gaby Mudingayi, Luca Castellazzi and Joel Obi.
Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono will be without some key players. The defender Stefano Lucchini and goalkeeper Andrea Consigli are suspended, while Gianpaolo Bellini and Guido Marilungo are out injured. The striker Marko Livaja has missed last weekend draw with Sampdoria due to disciplinary reasons. Livaja is available for this match, but don’t forget he is loaned exactly by Inter. I am not sure how “motivated” Livaja will be against his parent club.
At this point I will mention that Atalanta is not in good form at the moment. They have no win in the last two matches. Atalanta played a goalless draw with Sampdoria and lost from Napoli.
Finally, Inter have an excellent home record against Atalanta. The Nerazzurri have seven wins and one draw on the last eight meetings at Giuseppe Meazza. I believe the tradition will continue.