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Spezia are the guests at Gewiss Stadium on Saturday for the Serie A meeting with home side Atalanta.
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Atalanta will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 1-2 Serie A victory vs Cagliari.
In that game, Atalanta had 63% possession and 21 shots on goal with 8 on target. For Atalanta, the goals were scored by Mario Pašalić (6') and Duván Zapata (43'). Cagliari got 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target. João Pedro (27') was the scorer for Cagliari.
At least three goals per match have been seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Atalanta have been involved. Their opponents scored 10 of them in this period whereas Atalanta managed a tally of 12. That kind of trend might not be carried forward into this next game, however.
Taking a look at their past results, Atalanta:
- are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
- haven’t won at home in the past 3 league games.
Spezia will go into this match following on from a 1-0 Serie A win with the defeat of Torino in their last game.
In that match, Spezia managed 40% possession and 7 shots on goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Spezia was Jacopo Sala (58'). On the other side, Torino got 9 shots at goal with 1 on target.
Looking at their form, and Spezia have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 11 goals in all. In defence, Spezia have some weaknesses to address.
Coming into this contest, Spezia have not won away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
The last league fixture featuring the two was Serie A match day 27 on 12/03/2021 when the final score was Atalanta 3-1 Spezia.
In that game, Atalanta had 47% possession and 14 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. The goalscorers were Mario Pašalić (53', 72') and Luis Muriel (55').
For their opponents, Spezia got 7 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Roberto Piccoli (81') scored.
The referee was Valerio Marini.
Team News: Atalanta
The Atalanta manager Gian Gasperini will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this match with a completely healthy squad to choose from.
Team News: Spezia
Thanks to a completely injury-free group ready to go, the Spezia manager Thiago Motta doesn’t have any fitness worries to report coming into this match.
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.
In contrast, Spezia won’t find it easy finding the net themselves although we do think that they will probably end up being dangerous at times.
We reckon that it will be a 3-1 winning margin for Atalanta at the conclusion of the game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gewiss Stadium (26,562)
Captain: Rafael Tolói
Chairman: Antonio Percassi
Manager: Gian Gasperini
Competitions: Serie A position 4, Champions League (Group F)
🔑 Star Player: Duván Zapata
Normally taking to the field in the Striker position, Duván Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia. After having played his first senior match for Estudiantes de La Plata in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in this Serie A 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 10 appearances.