PREVIEW & PREDICTION – Napoli vs Atalanta 26/01/2018

PREVIEW & PREDICTION – Napoli vs Atalanta 26/01/2018

Napoli ranks first in Serie A, with 48 points in 19 championship games. The hosts have a very good time, with 4 consecutive successes in all competitions. After victory at the home side with Sampdoria (score 3-2), the Napoletans defeated Crotone last round away, with a score of 1-0. Belgian D. Mertens is the team’s top scorer in the championship, managing to score 10 times so far. As a first-tier team, Napoli was forced to evolve only in the finals of the Italian Cup final, where it defeated Udinese on the ground with a score of 1-0. Napoli is currently evolving in Europe, qualifying in the spring of the UEFA Europa League, in a group with Manchester City, Sahtior Donetk and Feyenoord.

On the other side, Atalanta is ranked 9th in the league’s first league in Italy, the team managing to gather 27 points after 19 stages. The guests traveled very well in the championship, with 7 points accumulated in 3 games. The previous stage, however, for Atalanta came a surprising defeat on the ground, 1-2 in front of Cagliari. Slovenian J. Ilicic is the best marker of the team in the championship, with the 7 goals scored so far. Just like their opponents, the guests did not have to fight but one match in the Italian Cup, won 2-1 on their own in front of Sassuolo. Atalanta will continue to evolve in Europe after winning the Europa League Group E, the group that included Lyon, Everton and Apollon.

The two teams met in August in the championship tour, when Napoli was on its own ground with a score of 3-1. Atalanta managed in February last year to win San Paolo in the championship, with a score of 2-0. The game is very interesting and the bet is a good place for the Italian Cup. I expect a beautiful, spectacular game, considering the enthusiastic game of both bands. Taking these things into account, I opt for a goal-based prognosis.

PREDICTION: Over 2,5 goals @ 2.00