On Saturday evening, 21 May, Atalanta take on Empoli in the final round of Matchday 38 of the Italian Serie A. Will those who need it most win? Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app download for android.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have been unstable in Serie A. “Atalanta have won only 4 of their last 16 league games (7 defeats and 5 draws). Now the Bianconeri are sitting in eighth place in the standings, with 59 points after 37 games played. The team have scored 65 goals and conceded 47. Last weekend, the Bergamo side lost 2-0 to AC Milan at the San Siro, before losing 1-3 away to Spezia.
After being relegated from the Europa League quarter-finals, there is now only one way for the hosts to qualify for the European competitions – via their domestic league, and that means overtaking Fiorentina and Roma (who have the same number of points, but an advantage in their friendlies). Slovenian Josip Ilicic, defenders Gezepe Peseglia and Rafael Toloy are all out of the injured reserve list.
The visitors are tucked away in the middle of the table, sitting in 14th place. In 37 games, they have scored 38 points, scored 49 goals and conceded 70. The season is, in fact, already over for the Blues, as there are no tournament goals left. We managed to keep our place in the elite for next year, and that’s the most important thing. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s side had a decent autumn, after which they went on a monstrous 17-game unbeaten streak. And they managed to break it unexpectedly – 3 weeks ago, a motivated Napoli came to Carlo Castellani, and sensationally lost 3-2.
Since then, however, the mid-table side have been at it again, suffering two defeats in quick succession and last weekend’s 1-1 draw with league underdog Salernitana. Visiting defender Riccardo Marchizza and forward Federico Di Francesco are both out injured.
The teams have already met each other in the first round of the current national championship and then Bergamo defeated their opponents on the field with a score of 1:4.
Atalanta vs Empoli
The hosts have no margin for error, because only a win can guarantee their club a place in the European competitions next season. The experienced Gasperini’s side are unlikely to be defeated in such an important moment with the support of their fans. Attacking leader Duwan Zapata is back in action after a minor injury. “Empoli are without a win since December, barring a miraculous defeat to Napoli. The players are no longer motivated and are in no danger of relegation. We’re betting on the favourite to win with a -1.5 handicap.