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Atalanta will be the visitors at Stadio Alberto Picco on Sunday for the Serie A tie with hosts Spezia.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Spezia v Atalanta are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Spezia will be looking for an improved result here after the 3-4 Serie A defeat in their last game at the hands of Lazio.
In that game, Spezia had 29% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. For Spezia, goals were scored by Kelvin Amian (9'), Kevin Agudelo (35'), Ivan Provedel (54' Own goal) and Petko Hristov (56'). Lazio had 22 attempts at goal with 9 on target. Ciro Immobile (33'), Sergej Milinković-Savić (68') and Francesco Acerbi (90') scored for Lazio.
Matches with Spezia have usually been entertaining encounters lately with a lot of goalmouth action anticipated. Over their past 6 games alone, a grand total of 20 goals have gone in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 7 of these coming from Spezia. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether that trend might persist in this next match.
Heading into this contest, Spezia haven’t won at home in the past 2 league games.
Previously, Atalanta drew 1-1 in the Serie A tie with Salernitana.
In that game, Atalanta had 63% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Atalanta was Mario Pašalić (88'). Salernitana got 11 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. Éderson (27') was the scorer for Salernitana.
Atalanta have been good when going forward in their most recent fixtures, having scored 10 goals in their previous 6 matches. While their manager Gian Gasperini will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Atalanta can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same matches.
Head to head
The last league fixture between the two was Serie A match day 13 on 20/11/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Atalanta 5-2 Spezia.
That time, Atalanta managed 51% possession and 18 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. The goals were scored by Mario Pašalić (18', 41'), Duván Zapata (38'), Luis Muriel (83') and Ruslan Malinovskyi (89').
For their opponents, Spezia got 10 attempts at goal with 5 on target. M'Bala Nzola (11', 91') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Rosario Abisso.
Team News: Spezia
Ebrima Colley (Unknown Injury) and Léo Sena (Unknown Injury) will be missing for Spezia boss Thiago Motta.
It seems likely that Spezia look set to employ a 4-2-3-1 system, handing starts to Ivan Provedel, Kelvin Amian, Martin Erlic, Dimitrios Nikolaou, Arkadiusz Reca, Giulio Maggiore, Jakub Kiwior, Daniele Verde, Kevin Agudelo, E. Quartsin Gyasi and Rey Manaj.
Team News: Atalanta
Atalanta manager Gian Gasperini has not got a full squad to pick from. Josip Ilicic (Depression), Bryan Cabezas (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Rafael Tolói (Unknown Injury) and Giuseppe Pezzella (Tear in the abductor muscle) will miss out on this game.
There’s a good chance that La Dea seem most likely to play in a 3-4-2-1 system, starting Juan Musso, Berat Djimsiti, Merih Demiral, Jose Luis Palomino, Hans Hateboer, Marten de Roon, Remo Freuler, Davide Zappacosta, Luis Muriel, Mario Pasalic and Duvan Zapata.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Spezia should have enough to breach the defence of this Atalanta team, although one goal probably won’t quite be as many as they’ll concede.
Our tip is for a narrow 1-2 winning margin for Atalanta at the end of the 90 minutes. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Alberto Picco (11,512)
Captain: Giulio Maggiore
Chairman: Philip Raymond Platek Jr
Manager: Thiago Motta
Competitions: Serie A position 16
⭐ Star Man: Daniele Verde
Normally taking up the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Daniele Verde was born in Napoli, Italy. After making a first senior appearance for Roma in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Midfielder has contributed 6 league goals in this Serie A 2021 - 2022 season so far in a total of 30 appearances.