Atalanta vs Napoli: Another Potential Seesaw Game
Atalanta have been involved in two seesaw matches since the restart and both ended well with their victory, over Lazio and Udinese. Their next match in Serie A this midweek against Napoli is likely to have same result, even with the possible goal galore. The fact that Gasperini’s men have been the most offensive team this season by scoring 80 goals so far, plus Il Partenopei’s tendency of employing fluid attack, which is quite non conservative for the nation known for its defensive system, makes this clash even more exciting to see.
Alejandro Gomez and Co once again entertained their fans with a goal galore last week. This time they thumped Udinese 3-2. Duvan Zapata took the lead first but Kevin Lasagna equalised. At the second half, it was his Colombian fellow, Luis Muriel, who got the turn to score a brace, both by long range strikes before Kevin Lasagna made his brace before the final whistle.
Napoli endured their positive form last week after crushing Spal 3-1. Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Amin Younes scored the winning goals. They only conceded once as Andrea Petagna found the back of the net.
Missing players and probable lineups
Gian Piero Gasperini has always been in favour of three-defender system such as 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1. He relies on the Slovenian Josip Illicic and the Colombian internationals Luis Muriel or Duvan Zapata as the dynamic duo upfront with Papu Gomez behind them. Gasperini’s best starting IX would not be affected even if Ruslan Malinovsky is suspended as he has more than enough versatile midfielders in the squad.
Atalanta: Pierluigi Gollini; Berat Djimsiti, Jose Palomino, Rafael Toloi ; Hans Hateboer, Remo Freuler, Mario Pasalic, Robin Gosens; Alejandro Gomez; Josip Illicic, Luis Muriel.
Meanwhile, Gennaro Gattusso will stick to his 4-3-3 formation but he might be rotating his squads considering the fact that there are plenty of young talents waiting to be given more chance on the pitch such as Hirving Lozano or Amin Younes. The former one might be opted for the starting IX along with Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. On the injury table, only Kevin Malcut is sidelined.
Napoli: David Ospinna; Kalidou Koulibaly, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nemanja Maksimovic, Mario Rui ; Diego Demme, Fabian Ruiz, Pietr Zielinski; Lorenzo Insigne, Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens.
In the head-to-head encounters, neither side has big dominance. Napoli managed to win three times and had one draw while Atalanta has won twice in the last six meetings. Such indicates that this match will be even.
Atalantas progress in the past few years has been incredible. Now, they even become the team with the biggest goal aggregate and have scored the most goals in Serie A. The duel of Gasperini’s powerful offensive football against Napoli’s attractive offence would surely offer a thrilling and seesaw encounter. Nevertheless, they both will have to share one point in the end.
Where to watch
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