Atalanta vs Frosinone
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Monday, 20 August 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK,
Venue: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia (Bergamo).
The latest edition of Serie A has finally commenced, and Atalanta will be hoping to commence it on the right footing as La Dea take on newly promoted Frosinone in front of their home fans on Monday.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have lost a couple of key players during the summer’s transfer window, with Leonardo Spinazzola leaving for Juventus, Mattia Caldara departing for AC Milan, and Bryan Cristante instead being sent out for a one year loan deal at Roma.
Atalanta come into this game featured in two sets of Europa League qualified where they cruised to very comfortable wins over Balkan outfit Sarajevo (10-2 on aggregate) and Israeli side Hapoel Haifa (6-1 on aggregate) to set up a two-legged play-off against Danish opponents Copenhagen.
So, opening up their Serie A campaign against Frosinone, a team who were last in Serie A in 2015 when they secured a historic first ever promotion is hardly the worst-ever way to begin their domestic campaign.
As for Frosinone, well, it’s their second ever season in the top flight after making a cameo during the 2015/2016 term, during which they ended up finishing in 19th spot. The Canarini will be naturally hoping that second time around will bring them better fortunes as they made some interesting moves this summer.
One was securing the services of none other than Joel Campbell. If that name does not ring a bell, well, the name Arsenal certainly will. Yes, it’s the same Joel Campbell who not too long ago was on the books for the Gunners and was a key member of the Costa Rica squad which made that impressive run to the quarter-finals at the 2014 World Cup as well as the quarter-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the semis of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Will that help the minnows enjoy a better sophomore term in Italian football’s top flight? Time will tell, but first they will face a tough test against Atalanta on Monday to wrap up matchday one.
Atalanta vs Frosinone: Head-to-head statistics
- Frosinone have failed to score in any of their last four meetings with Atalanta (across Serie B and Serie A)
- This will be the Canarini’s second attempt at the Italian football top flight
- Their first appearance was in the 2015/2016 season
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Atalanta’s last 3 Serie A games
Atalanta vs Frosinone: Prediction
After four comfortable wins in Europe, Atalanta will be brimming with confidence, and young striker Musa Barrow was especially bright over the course of the team’s Europa League campaign, netting four goals, including a hat-trick against Sarajevo. He’ll be one to keep an eye on as he aims to open his Serie A account against Frosinone who will certainly park the bus to keep things as controlled as possible.
Atalanta vs Frosinone: Betting tips
Atalanta – WIN at 4/11 (1.36)
Under 2.5 goals at Evens (2.00).