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Atalanta vs Sampdoria Prediction & Betting tips
Atalanta Bergamo and Sampdoria are to date the clubs that can follow the trail of the big names of Italian football. Both teams are hoping for a place in the top six this season and that’s why Sunday’s game is an interesting one.
Atalanta Bergamo was the revelation of the Serie A last season. The good performance of the team of trainer Gian Piero Gasperini resulted in a ticket for the Europa League. This season it is all a bit less, but that is certainly no shame given the budget and the qualities of the competitors. In the meantime Atalanta Bergamo has had to say goodbye to the Europa League due to Borussia Dortmund and last week the men of Gasperini did not manage to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. Juventus turned out to be just too strong. The Series A is currently running reasonably well. Atalanta is four games unbeaten and finishes in eighth place, but those figures give a somewhat distorted picture. The last five games in the various competitions yielded three draws and two defeats.
Midweeks Atalanta got the chance to reach the final of the Coppa Italia, but it was clear beforehand that something special had to happen to make that mission a success. Juventus had already booked a 0-1 win at Atalanta and therefore the formation of Gasperini had to win on Wednesday to eliminate the Old Lady. The visitors were long hoping for a stunt in Turin, but by the end of the game it was Miralem Pjanic who decided the game by shooting a questionable penalty. The 1-0 loss was not really surprising, but Atalanta will now have to win another race to restore self-confidence.
The showdown with Sampdoria is a nice test in that respect. A victory would reduce the gap with the team from Genoa to three points and that is why profit is just needed. For Gasperini it is nice that he can have a large group of players on Sunday. Luca Rizzo has to leave this game because of an injury, but that will not affect the performance of the hosts since he only took action once this season. The question now is how fit the selection is. The program of the last few weeks has undoubtedly cost some power.
The route that Atalanta Bergamo last season covered has Sampdoria this year in mind. The team of coach Marco Giampaolo started the season quite well and to this day the Genoa formation has succeeded in retaining the shape. The current sixth place will take care of satisfied faces, but Sampdoria is now at a crucial split. The gap with the top five is six points, while the gap with number eight Atalanta Bergamo is also six points. Sampdoria and AC Milan hover between them and for these clubs the moment of starting or stopping has arrived. In that respect, Sampdoria can not afford a loss against Atalanta Bergamo if a place in the top five is the goal. The current form is also pretty good. Of the last seven games, Sampdoria lost only one, but that was another 1-0 loss against direct competitor AC Milan.
Sampdoria recovered last week from the loss in Milan by treating Udinese in Genoa on a defeat. It was a pretty decent match from the hosts. Matias Silvestre put Sampdoria in a 1-0 lead and in the 83rd minute it was Daniël Zapata who then threw the game into the slot. In the 95th minute, Silvestre made his own goal, but that did not spoil the fun, the thirteenth victory of the season was a fact.
Before the game against Atalanta Bergamo, Giampaolo can use a solid potential. Jacopo Sala is on the side because of an injury, but his absence will not be a problem for the visitors as he only appeared seven times in the base this season. It remains to be seen whether Valerio Verre will come into action. The midfielder missed the game last week because of a slight injury and therefore there is still a question mark behind his name. Again this is an alternate player. Far is almost always a substitute within the lines.
Atalanta vs Sampdoria head to head matches
15.10.17 SA Sampdoria Atalanta 3 : 1
22.01.17 SA Atalanta Sampdoria 1 : 0
28.08.16 SA Sampdoria Atalanta 2 : 1
14.02.16 SA Sampdoria Atalanta 0 : 0
28.09.15 SA Atalanta Sampdoria 2 : 1