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Competition: Coppa Italy
Market: Luis Muriel will score at any time
Possibilities: 4/6 @ 888sport
Looking to extend their Coppa Italia adventure on Thursday night, a high-flying Atalanta will welcome Cagliari to Gewiss Stadium midweek.
Starting with the hosts, setting up another hitting scoreboard over the weekend, Atalanta should find the mood in their red-hot camp. Last seen scoring a riotous 4-1 win against Benevento on the road, La Dea has won each of his three Serie A matches since returning from the holiday break. Maintaining his usual reputation for his displays of free goals in the final third, offensive MVP Luis Muriel is certainly worth keeping an eye on. Enjoying what has been a veritable purple spot for the past month, the 29-year-old was back on the roster over the weekend. At the helm of an Atalanta team that has already racked up 12 goals since the New Year opened, Muriel has found the net in her last five rebounding appearances, recording six goals.
As for the visitors, while Atalanta could find itself enjoying a real purple New Year’s stain, Cagliari is enduring what is a worrying routine. Freefalling the Serie A table and now looking firmly over his shoulder at the drop zone, the Islanders were last seen over the weekend when they were hit with a 1-0 loss at Fiorentina. In addition to heading into Italy’s holiday break last month with a dramatic 3-2 loss to Roma, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have now lost their last four straight meetings against Serie A rivals. Without a win to their name from the end of November, Cagliari should also be concerned about their most recent meeting against the hosts during the week. On the trip to Gewiss Stadium in October, Gli Isolani was hit with a 5-2 loss and we are backing a similar result Thursday night.
Bet: Luis Muriel 4/6 to score anytime against Cagliari in Thursday’s Coppa Italia showdown @ 888 sport