VERONA VS ATALANTA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Hellas Verona seemed to be buried already, but an unexpected revival has revived the dream of survival. On Sunday, the team will have the chance to book the third victory in a row against Atalanta Bergamo.
A small month ago Hellas Verona was pretty desolate. The formation of Fabio Pecchia was well above Benevento, but a place above the line seemed to be a utopia. Two victories later, the team from Verona is a lot better. The six points have ensured that the connection with clubs like SPAL, Crotone and Sassuolo is again found and every win can be enough to say goodbye to the bottom three places, a luxury that the team has not known for a long time. Hellas Verona scored only six victories this season, but two of them were booked in the last two matches, and with that, the men of Pecchia seem to peak at the right moment. Incidentally, progress will still have to be made to really start the dance because it is not just gold that shines. For example, the goal balance currently stands at -27 goals and that shows that the team from Verona is extremely vulnerable defensively.
The last two games resulted in a success as said. It all started with the home game against Torino. That showdown initially seemed to be heading for a 1-1 draw, but towards the end of the game it was Mattia Valoti who tied the final score to 2-1 with his second goal of the game. This resulted in some new confidence and that took the team to the last match against fellow cityman Chievo Verona, a nice derby. This time the home team had to thank Antonio Caracciolo for taking the three points. He produced the only goal of the match just after the break.
Pecchia does not have to take a long injury list into account for the match with Atalanta Bergamo. However, there are still questions about the names of Valoti and Moise Kean. Both players are not completely fit.
Atalanta Bergamo qualified for European football last season and that resulted in a very heavy schedule, partly due to the fact that the semi-final of the Coppa Italia was also achieved. In the last few weeks, Atalanta Bergamo has had trouble scoring and winning matches, which makes it difficult for the men of Gian Piero Gasperini to make another move to a new European ticket. The team of Gasperini has meanwhile to say goodbye to the Europa League and the Coppa Italia and because of this the visor can now be focused on the competition. Recently, the form in Italy has been fairly moderate. Atalanta Bergamo won two of the last five games and only four goals were scored in that series. The last victory against Bologna was also difficult to achieve. Marten de Roon made the verdict by making the only goal of the match at the end of the match.
Midweeks Atalanta Bergamo got a new chance to show the qualities in the make-up match with Juventus. The team from Turin played earlier this season against Atalanta, but then followed two 1-0 victories in the Coppa Italia. On Wednesday-evening, Atalanta did not manage to score against the Old Lady for the third time in a row. The hosts scored before and after the break and that proved to be more than enough for them to keep the three points in their own home: 2-0.
In the last game against Juventus, Gianluca Mancini was sent off the field by the end of the game. The central defender is thus suspended for the meeting with Hellas Verona, but the question is how far this will affect the performances of the visitors. Mancini appeared only four times in the base so far.
PREDICTION: Atalanta to win @ 1.52