Atalanta welcome relegation candidates Brescia to Bergamo on Tuesday evening, and will want to replicate their eventful showing against Juventus last time out.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Tuesday July 14th
Venue: Gewiss Stadium
Atalanta’s 2-2 draw away to league leaders Juve will have hurt much, particularly with La Dea having led twice in a game in which they were clearly the dominant force.
Ruslan Malinovskiy’s thunderous 81st-minute effort to put Atalanta 2-1 up was worthy of winning any game, but Gian Piero Gasperini’s men succumbed to a second Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick in the dying embers of the match in Turin.
The result meant they still sit nine points adrift of Juve with six games left to
play, but can cut that gap to six should they earn an important victory against Brescia here. It is likely they will pull it off, having won their last five on home soil and only failed to find the back of the net on one occasion there all season.
Brescia on their part, shipped three against Roma last time, and their chances of topflight safety is fast slipping away from them.
Le Rondinelle have now picked up just one win in their last 17 games in the Italian top flight, so it will be interesting to see how they react here against a side enjoying a totally different fortune to theirs.
Thankfully, they still have bottom-of-the-table crunch matches against SPAL and Lecce to contend with, though staying nine points adrift of safety with six games left to play could appear a very big deficit to reel in at this stage of the season.
Apart from Robin Gosens who was forced to withdraw from the Atalanta starting XI that drew Juve with a suspected hamstring injury in the warmup, Gasperini have a fully-fit squad to choose from here.
Dimitri Bisoli remains on the treatment table, while Andrea Cistana will be evaluated closer to kick-off here.
Head to Head
In 14 competitive meetings between these two clubs, Atalanta have earned five wins while Brescia have four to their name. Five game have been drawn.
Atalanta’s last five competitive games: WWWWD
Brescia last five competitive games: DLWLL
Atalanta are inching closer to an
unprecedented 100-goal haul for the season, and they are now facing a Brescia side with the second worst defensive record in the division. They are also, all but sure of Champions League participation for next season and are clear favourites for this match. Thus, it is hard to see past a comfortable home win for Gasperini’s team, which is priced 1/6 by BetClever.