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There is Coppa Italia action on Thursday when Atalanta meet Cagliari.
Our Atalanta v Cagliari predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Atalanta will be looking for a repeat result of the 1-4 Serie A triumph vs Benevento.
In that match, Atalanta managed 59% possession and 27 shots on goal with 12 on target. For Atalanta, the goalscorers were Josip Iličić (30'), Rafael Tolói (69'), Duván Zapata (71') and Luis Muriel (86'). Benevento got 5 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Marco Sau (50') scored for Benevento.
Atalanta haven’t had any problems with scoring, hitting the target every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 games.
They have hit an aggregate of 19 during that time while also conceding a total of 6. Nevertheless, we’ll just have to find out whether such a trend might be replicated in this game.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Fiorentina in Serie A competition, Cagliari and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Cagliari managed 49% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Fiorentina got 14 shots on goal with 4 on target. Dušan Vlahović (72') was the scorer for Fiorentina.
The stats don’t lie, and Cagliari have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 11 goals overall. At the back, Casteddu / Rossoblu could really do with shoring things up.
Head to head
A review of their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 02/09/2018 shows that Atalanta have won 4 of these games & Cagliari 2, with the number of drawn results being 0.
A sum of 14 goals were scored between them in these games, with 9 for La Dea and 5 coming from Casteddu / Rossoblu. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.33.
The last league clash between these sides was Serie A match day 3 on 04/10/2020 when it ended Atalanta 5-2 Cagliari.
In that match, Atalanta had 58% possession and 21 attempts on goal with 12 of them on target. The scorers were Luis Muriel (7'), Alejandro Gómez (29'), Mario Pašalić (37'), Duván Zapata (42') and Sam Lammers (81').
For their opponents, Cagliari got 12 shots on goal with 3 on target. Diego Godín (24') and João Pedro (52') scored.
The referee was Fabrizio Pasqua.
Team News: Atalanta
Mario Pasalic (Pubalgia) and Marco Tumminello (Fitness) are not available for Atalanta boss Gian Gasperini.
Team News: Cagliari
Cagliari boss Eusebio Di Francesco has multiple availability issues to deal with. Ragnar Klavan (Corona virus), Zito Luvumbo (Hamstring Injury), Adam Ounas (Adductor problems), Paolo Faragò (Thigh Problems), Andrea Carboni (Corona virus) and Marko Rog (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) can’t be considered.
We’re of the opinion that Atalanta should stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
At the other end, Cagliari could well struggle to break down their defence although we do think that they will probably end up converting at least once here.
We’re tipping a 3-1 victory for Atalanta by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gewiss Stadium (25,000)
Captain: Alejandro Gómez
Chairman: Antonio Percassi
Manager: Gian Gasperini
Competitions: Serie A position 7, Coppa Italia (5th Round), Champions League (Last 16)
🔑 Key Man: Duván Zapata
Normally deployed in the Striker position, Duván Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia. After making a first senior appearance for Estudiantes de La Plata in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in the Serie A 2020 - 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 16 appearances.