Atalanta vs Empoli
Italian Serie A – Season 2016/17
Date: Tuesday, 20th December 2016
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia (Bergamo).
Atalanta are on a roller-coaster ride this season and have picked up some massive results on the way. The team under Gian Piero Gasperini were defeated in 4 of their first 5 matches this season. After that they produced an eccentric run of 9 matches unbeaten picking 8 wins and a draw. The likes of Napoli, AS Roma and Inter Milan were all brushed aside during the time.
However, they are win-less in the last 3, with back-to-back defeats against Juventus and Udinese, but there will be some confidence restored after a 0-0 draw against AC Milan on the weekend. Atalanta are sixth in the league table and there is a 4 point gap with AC Milan on 5th, the final Europa League qualification spot.
Empoli are a favourite relegation candidate for the bookies and are currently 1 space above the danger zone with a 5 point gap. They been only able to win three out of the 17 Serie A matches so far and the worst scoring team in the league with 9 goals. The fans can be hopeful after their performances in the last two matches. Empoli defeated Cagliari 2-0 at home last weekend before earning a 0-0 draw at Bologna the previous week. The results are a welcome confidence boosters, especially with the back-to-back clean sheets they have achieved.
Atalanta vs Empoli: Head-to-head stats
The three of the last four matches between Atalanta and Empoli are draws, with Atalanta winning one which was away at Empoli last season.
Atalanta haven’t won in their last three home matches against Empoli, with the latest two being draws above a defeat. Also, 5 of the 8 home matches between them at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri are stalemates. Atalanta have won 2 of them.
Down the lane, 8 of the last 16 clashes between the two are draws with the teams sharing 4 wins each.
Atalanta vs Empoli: Prediction
As we have seen from the head-to-head comparison, draw is the most dominant result in the matches between these two sides. At the same time, Atalanta are a far better side as compared with previous seasons. Especially their home record this season is impressive and 4 of their last 5 at home are wins.
Empoli have struggled away from home this season and managed only one win from the 7 games so far. And they have failed to score in 6 of those matches during the period. This will be more than enough to conclude that Atalanta can be confidently back for a comfortable win here.
- Predicted Correct Full-Time Score: 2-0 in favour of Atalanta at the odds of 13/2 (7.50).
Atalanta vs Empoli: Bet Tips
Atalanta to win at 5/8 (1.62)
Under 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10).