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Atalanta to continue top four push

03 April 2019 | Serie A | Preview
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Atalanta to continue top four push
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Thursday night’s Serie A clash between Atalanta and Bologna is a tale of two clubs pushing for very different goals.

Atalanta are fighting for a Champions League place with just four points separating them from AC Milan. Bologna are 17th in Serie A and just two points above the bottom three. Both clubs go into the midweek match in good form and a lot to play for in Bergamo.

Atalanta Bergamo are undefeated in four consecutive matches. Three of those fixtures ended in victory for La Dea. Atalanta have outscored their opponents 9-4 during their four-match unbeaten run. Their most recent win, a 3-1 victory over Parma, saw star striker Duvan Zapata score twice. The striker is third on the Serie A goalscoring chart with 19 goals. Zapata has tallied 32 percent of all of Atalanta’s goals.

Bologna have been on an impressive run of their own lately. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s team has caught fire winning three straight matches and improving their chances of Serie A survival. Mihajlovic took over as manager of Bologna on January 29th and his impact has led to three wins in four matches in charge. Bologna have outscored their opponents 7-3 during their three-match winning streak. The Rossoblu do not score a lot of goals, just 27 this term, and Mihajlovic’s change in approach as worked wonders.

Atalanta have won six consecutive matches against Bologna. Four of those six matches ended in clean sheet wins for La Dea. Atalanta have outscored Bologna 11-3 during their last six meetings in Serie A.

Coach Gian Piero Gasperini doesn’t have many injuries to worry about with Bologna headed to town. Rafael Toloi is set to miss out due to ankle injury, but Josip Ilicic should be able to overcome a sore knee to play on Thursday night.

Bologna FC striker Mattia Destro is sidelined with a thigh injury. The Italian hitman injured himself during a goal celebration and is now expected to miss three weeks of action. Federico Santander is expected to play after recovering from a shoulder sprain. However, Federico Mattiello is out with a hip muscle strain.

Atalanta are third in Serie A in goal difference at +20. La Dea are flying high and can reach the Champions League qualification places. Their recent history against Bologna has been good and they will continue to push for the top four on Thursday night. Atalanta will pick up their seventh straight win over Bologna in a game that sees over 2.5 goals scored in Bergamo.

Predictions for Serie A

Home team - Away team Forebet
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LazioBologna FC
20/05/2019 19:30
1
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Udinese CalcioSPAL 1907
18/05/2019 14:00
X
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GenoaCagliari Calcio
18/05/2019 17:00
1
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Sassuolo CalcioAS Roma
18/05/2019 19:30
X

Italy Serie A - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Juventus FC 90 37 28 6 3 70 28 42
2. SSC Napoli 79 37 24 7 6 72 33 39
3. Atalanta Bergamo 66 37 19 9 9 74 45 29
4. Inter Milano 66 37 19 9 9 55 32 23
5. AC Milan 65 37 18 11 8 52 34 18
6. AS Roma 63 37 17 12 8 64 47 17
7. Torino FC 60 37 15 15 7 49 36 13
8. Lazio 58 36 17 7 12 52 40 12
9. Sampdoria 50 37 14 8 15 58 51 7
10. Sassuolo Calcio 43 37 9 16 12 52 57 -5
11. SPAL 1907 42 37 11 9 17 42 53 -11
12. Parma FC 41 37 10 11 16 40 59 -19
13. Cagliari Calcio 41 37 10 11 16 35 52 -17
14. Fiorentina 40 37 8 16 13 47 45 2
15. Udinese Calcio 40 37 10 10 17 37 52 -15
16. Bologna FC 40 36 10 10 16 42 51 -9
17. Empoli FC 38 37 10 8 19 50 68 -18
18. Genoa 37 37 8 13 16 39 57 -18
19. Frosinone 24 37 5 9 23 29 69 -40
20. Chievo 16 37 2 13 22 25 75 -50

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