Atalanta take on the visitors Empoli in the round 38 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Saturday, May 21th at Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo).
Atalanta failed in Serie A in comparison to previous years. There was also a rather early departure from Coppa Italia, and in the Champions League everything ended this time in 3rd place in the group. This, however, allowed us to get a new chance to fix the season, through the Europa League. But even there, having passed Olympiacos and Bayer, RB Leipzig eliminated them. Then it became obvious that there would be no next place in the Champions League. But there are still chances to play in some less rated European Cup. The chances of this increased after a 4-match unbeaten streak in Calcio. But nothing happened with Milan last weekend: 0-2 in favor of the main contender for the Scudetto. However, there is still a chance to get ahead of Fiorentina, and even Roma.
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Empoli had a clear task: simply to avoid relegation from Calcio. Well, with this clear, but not so simple goal, the Blues coped more than well. Even now, their average exceeds the coveted mark of “1.0 per match” (38 out of 37). As a rule, in Italy this is enough to keep the «registration». And even more so in this draw, when Cagliari, the best of the three outsiders, has only 29 points. It is not surprising that the newcomer has been playing frankly mediocre for a long time. Since mid-December, Empoli was able to win the championship only once (and how, they literally snatched the victory from Napoli, although they down by 2 goals). And in the last 3 rounds, there was only 1 point gained due to a draw with Salernitana, with a defeat not only to Inter, but also to Torino.
Empoli has only won one head-to-head in the last decade. At the same time, Atalanta won 4 out of 9 matches, including 4-1 on the road. Atalanta lost Cabezas and Pezzella, while Ilicic and Tola remain in question. At Empoli, Markizza and Haas may not play Di Francesco and Tonelli in the infirmary. Bookmakers are confident in Atalanta’s victory. But they are still frankly unstable, so it is better to choose a neutral offer with «total over 3.5 goals»