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The Serie A tie at Stadio Carlo Castellani on Sunday sees home team Empoli welcome Atalanta.
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Empoli will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 2-0 Serie A defeat last time out to Roma.
In that match, Empoli had 36% possession and 11 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Roma had 18 shots at goal with 7 on target. Lorenzo Pellegrini (42') and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (48') scored for Roma.
Aurelio Andreazzoli's Empoli have managed to score a sum total of 8 times in their preceding half-dozen outings. The tally of goals that they have conceded in those games is 9.
Coming into this fixture, Empoli have not been beaten in the league by Atalanta in their previous 2 matches.
Since a loss in their previous game against AC Milan in Serie A competition, Atalanta will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Atalanta had 56% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. For Atalanta, goals were scored by Duván Zapata (86') and Mario Pašalić (94'). AC Milan had 13 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Davide Calabria (1'), Sandro Tonali (43') and Rafael Leão (78') scored for AC Milan.
Over the course of their previous 6 clashes, Atalanta have helped themselves to a total of 10 goals. Atalanta have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. During that period, their defenders have had 8 goals go into their own net.
Coming into this contest, Atalanta are undefeated in their last 9 league matches away from home. Travelling very well.
Head to head
A look at their past head-to-head meetings going back to 24/09/2015 shows us that Empoli have won 1 of these games & Atalanta 3, with the tally of drawn games standing at 2.
A sum of 10 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 4 from Azzurri and 6 being from La Dea. That is an average goals per game value of 1.67.
The last league match featuring the two was Serie A match day 32 on 15/04/2019 when it ended Atalanta 0-0 Empoli.
On that day, Atalanta managed 61% possession and 47 attempts on goal with 18 on target.
Empoli had 3 attempts at goal with 1 on target.
The referee was Gianluca Manganiello.
Team News: Empoli
Regarding absentees, there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Empoli boss Aurelio Andreazzoli to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Riccardo Fiamozzi (Thigh Problems) misses out.
Team News: Atalanta
Atalanta boss Gian Gasperini has some current player fitness concerns. Hans Hateboer (Foot Injury), Berat Djimsiti (Fractured Arm), Matteo Pessina (Disrupted Calf Muscle) and Robin Gosens (Hamstring Injury) are not able to play. Federico Mattiello is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We’ve got the feeling that Atalanta have the ability to dominate possession and create several successful chances.
At the other end, Empoli won’t find it easy scoring- but, we do see them being dangerous for periods.
We’re therefore expecting to see a 1-3 margin for Atalanta at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani (16,800)
Captain: Simone Romagnoli
Chairman: Fabrizio Corsi
Manager: Aurelio Andreazzoli
Competitions: Serie A position 10, Coppa Italia (2nd Round)
⭐ Star Man: Nedim Bajrami
Generally used in the Centre Midfield position, Nedim Bajrami was born in Tetovo, Macedonia. Having made his senior debut playing for Grasshopper Club Zürich in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Midfielder has accumulated 2 league goals in the Serie A 2021 - 2022 season so far from a total of 7 appearances.