Atalanta recovered from a slow start last term to finish in a Europa League spot. However, they will be looking to make a more reliable start to the new campaign this season, beginning with a trip to Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.
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Credit must be given to Atalanta for the manner in which they dragged themselves back up the league standings after a slow start to the previous campaign. However, they are unlikely to play a role in the race for a Champions League spot this term if they make a similar start in 2023-24.
The Italian side have spent big in order to improve this term, with the standout signings coming in the forms of Charles De Ketelaere, El Bilal Toure, and Giancluca Scamacca. No side has lost on matchday one in Serie A more frequently than Atalanta, as they have recorded 27 defeats. However, they have won their opening match in each of the previous five seasons. Over that period, they have scored a Serie A-high of 15 goals, which is a joint record alongside Napoli.
Sassuolo’s season petered out in the end last term, as they weren’t able to find the consistency to challenge for a top half finish. However, they would have been likely appeased with their finish in 13th place overall. But, they will need to address defensive issues this term, as they allowed a staggering 61 goals in the competition in 2022-23.
In five campaigns when Sassuolo have started the season with a home match, they have recorded just two wins. However, they haven’t suffered a defeat in their last five opening home matches of the season, with the remaining fixtures ending in draws.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta Head to Head
Sassuolo have a fine recent record in this fixture, as they have won two of the previous three encounters. They completed the double over Atalanta last season. That is a huge turnaround in form against this weekend’s rivals after previously landing just one home win in eight matches.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta Prediction
Atalanta will be looking to get off to a bright start on the road this season against Sassuolo this weekend. They look good value to achieve that, as they have a fine recent record on matchday one in Serie A. For that reason, we will be siding with the visitors to land maximum points on Sunday.
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