Atalanta hope to boost its top-four chances with a win over Empoli on Friday. La Dea have been below their best, but hosting a significantly weaker side could see them bounce back. Empoli aim to discontinue its woes and survive relegation. A defeat to Atalanta could see them further drop into relegation danger.
The Serie A match will be held at the Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo, Italy, this Friday, 17th March, for a crucial Serie A fixture. Kick-off time is slated for 7:45 PM (UTC).
Atalanta are in sixth place with just three wins in its last ten games. The hosts have had many uncharacteristically low-scoring matches this season, hitting over two goals just once in its last eight games.
Empoli are worse, with just two wins in ten games and three consecutive losses. Its last win was a miraculous victory over Inter Milan. However, the club’s drought seems to continue. And a win against Atalanta will take another miracle.
Teun Koopmeiners is out of the game with a hamstring strain, while his teammate, Hans Hateboer, is ruled out with a cruciate ligament injury. Both teams suffer two absentees, with Nicolo Cambiaghi and Mattia Destro missing the tie through muscle and calf injuries, respectively.
Atalanta vs Empoli has the likeness of a match with only a handful of goals. The two teams have been poor recently, and this form extends to their goal-scoring abilities. We predict less than three goals in the game. The Under 2.5 goals are set at 2.21 (121 American; 121/100 Fractional).
Reason: Three goals have been scored in an Atalanta game just once in its last five games, while Empoli have also been barren, playing more than three goals only twice in five matches. Also, the previous two head-to-head fixtures between the sides have ended below three goals scored.
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