Atalanta vs Udinese Preview
Atalanta will look to continue their push for a top-four finish when they host Udinese in the Serie A at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Monday night.
The Lombardy outfit are currently 6th in the league table, with 56 points from 33 games. They are level on points and games played with AC Milan in 5th, who are ahead due to superior head-to-head record. The Roma are the ones occupying the fourth spot at the moment with 58 points from 34 games.
Thus, La Dea have a genuine chance of finding themselves in the 4th spot if Milan fail to win their game on Sunday. After finishing 7th in the Serie A last season, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have improved this year.
Further, Atalanta have already reached the final of the Coppa Italia for the first time in 1996 and will face Lazio in May. That run to the final included a 3-0 thrashing of Juventus, highlighting the quality and resolve in the side.
Coming to their opponents, Udinese are in a different battle of their own. They are currently 17th in the league table, with 33 points from 33 games. I Bianconeri are 4 points clear of Empoli in 18th place, who have played a game more as well.
However, stranger things have happened in football and Udinese would prefer to pick up points until they are mathematically safe.
Gasperini will be without Rafael Toloi who is likely to miss out with a sprained ankle. Midfielder Josip Ilicic is expected to be fine after coming off midweek in the game against Fiorentina.
Meanwhile, Udinese are expected to be without several players. Midfielders Valon Behrami and Antonin Barak are going to be a miss for Igor Tudor’s side. Further, defender William Troost-Ekong and midfielder Seko Fofana are a doubt for the game as well.
Atalanta vs Udinese Prediction
Atalanta are clear favorites to emerge victorious. The home side are unbeaten in their last eight league games which extends to 10 for all competitions. Further, La Dea are undefeated in 11 of their previous 12 meetings with Udinese at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Meanwhile, the visitors have only picked up a single point in their last three games and have failed to win any of their previous 12 league games on the road. That run includes six losses in their last seven away games in the league.
Furthermore, Atalanta’s Colombian forward has 21 Serie A goals this season and scored a hattrick in the reverse fixture. He is ably supported by Ilicic who has scored four goals in the last four home games.
Thus, different forms are a sure sign of how things will likely turn out and Atalanta are firm favorites to emerge comfortable winners in this match-up.
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Predicted Atalanta XI: Gollini; Palomino, Mancini, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Ilicic, Gomez; Zapata
Predicted Udinese XI: Musso; De Maio, Nuytinck, Samir; Larsen, Mandragora, Sandro, De Paul, Zeegelaar; Pussetto, Lasagna
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