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Interesting Twist in Serie A Top Four Race

24 May 2019 | Serie A | Preview
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Interesting Twist in Serie A Top Four Race

There is all to play for on the final day of the Serie A season as teams look to cement their place in the Champions League.  The top four teams qualify for the 2019/20 Champions League and both Juventus and Napoli have sealed their place in the group stages.

There are still two places up for grabs and currently, Atalanta sit in third place and a know a win over Sassuolo on Sunday will guarantee them Champions League football. Sassuolo are safe in mid-table and have only pride to play for in this match.

However, due to Atalanta having work done on their stadium, this match will actually be played at the home of Sassuolo, the MAPEI Stadium.  Atalanta have played at this venue before as the home team but it is still an interesting twist to the game.

Atalanta come into this game having picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Juventus.  Atalanta led the match 1-0 and while it was disappointing to concede an equaliser, it was a decent point.

Trends show Atalanta have been on a good run in Serie A and they are undefeated in their last twelve games. They have won four of their last five league matches including wins over Udinese and Genoa at home plus Napoli and Lazio away.

Atalanta have scored 2 or more goals in four of their last five Serie A games but have kept just one clean sheet.

Sassuolo held Roma to a 0-0 draw at home last time out, which was a good point.  However, the result does not tell the whole story and Roma created numerous chances to score but the ball would not go in the back of the net.

Nonetheless, that result means Sassuolo have lost only one of their last eight Serie A games.  They have won two of those eight matches with the wins coming at home against Chievo Verona and away to Fiorentina.

Trends show Sassuolo have won only three of their last twenty-one Serie A games, so victories have not been easy to come by this season. Away form shows just one win in their last ten away matches but it is worth remembering they will be playing at their own stadium, where they have drawn three and won one of the last four.

Team news and Atalanta can welcome back José Palomino from suspension but have lost Hans Hateboer for the same reason.  Rafael Tolói is the only injury concern.

Sassuolo will be without the trio of Giangiacomo Magnani, Federico Peluso and Stefano Sensi who are injured.  Filip Djuricic is expected to start in attack.

Despite this game being moved from their home venue, Atalanta will remain confident they can get the job done.  They are in good form and should score at least 2 goals on their way to victory and the Champions League.

Predictions for Serie A

Home team - Away team Forebet
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FrosinoneChievo
25/05/2019 17:00
2
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Bologna FCSSC Napoli
25/05/2019 19:30
2
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Torino FCLazio
26/05/2019 14:00
X
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SampdoriaJuventus FC
26/05/2019 17:00
2

Italy Serie A - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Juventus FC 90 38 28 6 4 70 30 40
2. SSC Napoli 79 38 24 7 7 74 36 38
3. Atalanta Bergamo 69 38 20 9 9 77 46 31
4. Inter Milano 69 38 20 9 9 57 33 24
5. AC Milan 68 38 19 11 8 55 36 19
6. AS Roma 66 38 18 12 8 66 48 18
7. Torino FC 63 38 16 15 7 52 37 15
8. Lazio 59 38 17 8 13 56 46 10
9. Sampdoria 53 38 15 8 15 60 51 9
10. Bologna FC 44 38 11 11 16 48 56 -8
11. Sassuolo Calcio 43 38 9 16 13 53 60 -7
12. Udinese Calcio 43 38 11 10 17 39 53 -14
13. SPAL 1907 42 38 11 9 18 44 56 -12
14. Parma FC 41 38 10 11 17 41 61 -20
15. Cagliari Calcio 41 38 10 11 17 36 54 -18
16. Fiorentina 41 38 8 17 13 47 45 2
17. Genoa 38 38 8 14 16 39 57 -18
18. Empoli FC 38 38 10 8 20 51 70 -19
19. Frosinone 25 38 5 10 23 29 69 -40
20. Chievo 17 38 2 14 22 25 75 -50

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