Monday’s match between Atalanta and Hellas Verona at the Gewiss Stadium will serve to bring down the curtain on matchday 33 of Serie A. La Dea Look destined to finish outside the top 4 for the first time since the 2017/18 season.
Atalanta start this clash after a 2-0 home defeat by RB Leipzig that brought their upside-down European season to a halt. They can now turn their attention to Serie A, where they are currently five points adrift of the last European qualifying spot. Gian Piero Gasperini’s team can’t afford another slip-up.
On the other hand, Verona suffered a comfortable 2-0 defeat by reigning champions Inter last time out, but they are all but ready for another place in midfield. Actually the gialloblu could book consecutive tenths unless there are major developments at the final track of the season.
Gasperini’s men have won their last two Serie A games by a aggregate score of 5-2, both times conceding an opener within half an hour of play. In fact, the form wasn’t kind too La Dea most recently with just one win from the previous five league games (D1, N3) and has scored under 1.5 goals in each game in that sequence.
But there is a bright spot for the Bergamo outfit here. Under Gasperini’s guidance, Atalanta have recorded five wins in their seven Serie A clashes against Verona (D1, L1). That’s probably the only positive thing for the hosts at this point.
Atalanta are without a win in their last three home games in all competitions (D1, L2) and failed to score twice. While they have been by far the most productive team in Serie A over the last couple of seasons, La Dea have underperformed this season.
Suffice it to say that Verona (56) has scored more league goals than Atalanta (53) this season to understand the magnitude of the home team’s struggle.
Verona’s mediocre form in the league has seen them win just once in their last five Serie A games (U2, U2). Low score was a common theme throughout this five game sequence. In fact, in four of those games, fewer than 2.5 goals were scored, largely due to Hellas’ scoring chances.
Igor Tudor’s men have scored at most one goal in their last five games in Serie A, having previously scored more than two goals in three consecutive league games. Verona can’t console themselves defensively either, having conceded at least once away from home in their last 20 league games.
Leaving aside those sides currently stuck in the relegation zone, only Cagliari (33) have conceded more away goals in Serie A than Verona (29) this season. That gialloblu The tide is unlikely to turn if they open, as evidenced by their 87.5% winless rate in such away competitions (S1, D3, L4).
Atalanta will be under pressure to deliver in front of the home fans in attendance but Verona are likely to give them some competition. We support both sides to score. In terms of the market, we expect Gasperini’s team to take all three points.