Atalanta can confirm their place in next season’s Champions League when they face Sassuolo on Sunday in the Serie A.
Atalanta have impressed hugely in Italy this season. Under Gian Piero Gasperini, they have played great attacking football. Atalanta have scored 74 goals in the league this season, which is the highest. Even champions Juventus have mustered less than that this term. They are in third place, which would hand them Champions League football next season. But they need to win their last game to make sure of finishing there.
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Inter are level on points with them, but in fourth place due to the head to head record. Milan and Roma are in fifth and sixth respectively. Both of them also have some hope of getting into the top four. This means that Atalanta can’t afford to slip up. Their recent form is encouraging. Despite dropping points last week against Juventus, they have won four out of the previous five league games.Embed from Getty Images
They have defeated the likes of Lazio and Napoli in that time. Lazio beat them in the Coppa Italia, but they bounced back with an excellent performance against Juventus. Josip Ilicic gave them the lead, but Mario Mandzukic scored a late equalizer for the champions. Duvan Zapata has been their main man in front of goal, and he has scored 22 times in the Serie A this season. Only Fabio Quagliarella has scored more. Alejandro Gomez has been the creative influence, and he has six goals and ten assists to his name.
As for Sassuolo, their season is all but over. They are in 10th place in the table, and the lack of motivation has crept into their recent form. Sassuolo have won just once in their last six games. That was a 1-0 win over Fiorentina in April. Last week they played Roma, and the game ended in a goalless draw. That result was their 16th draw this season. No other team in the Serie A has drawn more games.
Sassuolo can finish in the top half if they win their last game of the season. That is far from sure, as the likes of SPAL and Bologna are breathing down their necks. They can’t finish higher than 10th, as Sampdoria in 9th are 7 points ahead. Sassuolo’s defense has let them down at times. They have conceded 57 league goals this season.Embed from Getty Images
Up front, Domenico Berardi is their top scorer with seven goals. In terms of head to head records, there is only one winner here. Atalanta have won the last four meetings between these two sides. The reverse fixture ended 6-2 in favor of Atalanta.
They will be the favorites again this time. A comprehensive win is highly likely for Atalanta. They should continue their form, and more than 2.5 goals should be seen in this game. Sassuolo are out of form, and a clean sheet is also likely for Atalanta. They should get the win to confirm a third place in the Serie A.