Can Salernitana Boost Survival Hopes at Atalanta?

The high-flying Salernitana travel to Bergamo to take on the out-of-form Atalanta in Monday’s competitive Serie A game that will conclude Matchday 35. Both sides are in desperate need of points, albeit for different reasons.

Atalanta bounced back from a two-goal deficit to hold off a thrilling 4-4 ​​home draw with Torino in Serie A midweek in Serie A, keeping faint hopes of a sixth straight season in UEFA competition alive . Four points behind sixth-placed Lazio La Dea can hardly afford to lose more points against relegation strugglers Salernitana.

Davide Nicola’s men were written off after losing a lead to Roma four rounds ago and many saw them as surefire relegation boys at the start of the year. Little did anyone know grenade would bounce back and win three straight Serie A games, including a 2-1 home win over Fiorentina last time out.

What seemed impossible a few months ago seems more than feasible for the newly promoted Salernitana, who are entering the tournament as the best team in Serie A.

The road to survival now looks a little more achievable and Salernitana has the strength and mental toughness to pull off one of the most sensational second-half comebacks in recent Serie A history.

Nicola’s side welcomed this matchday as the only side to win their last three league games. Although those three victories resulted in a single goal lead, Salernitana have every reason to be optimistic as they are set to face an out-of-form Atalanta side.

With just one win in five Serie A (U1, N3) games, Atalanta are close to missing out on European qualification for the first time since 2015/16. A scary game against leaders Milan is yet to come, which will put even more pressure on Gian Piero Gasperini’s stuttering side.

Below-average performances against the midfield teams Torino, Sassuolo and Hellas Verona (D1, L2) have been shown La Dea are much more vulnerable than in some previous seasons. Atalanta, prone to silly defensive mistakes, could have immense problems against Salernitana tank Milan Djuric, who is in excellent form in this game.

Arguably the most dominant header in Serie A, he opened the scoring against Fiorentina last time out, ending a four-game goal drought. Back from suspension against La ViolaDjuric was a constant header threat in Pietro Terracciano’s penalty area, which should be the case at the Gewiss Stadion.

Given Salernitana’s recent results, nobody can trust them to spoil Atalanta’s top six bid.

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