Fiorentina vs Atalanta
Italy – Coppa Italia
Date: Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
This tie has all the ingredients for a classic. Both teams are in great form and take on each other in the final four of the Italian domestic cup. The main attraction for all four that remains in the tournament, is that Juventus has been eliminated, and right now the title is up for grabs, which was not the case for the last several years.
It’s thanks Atalanta for throwing out the Old Lady from the Coppa. No one really expected them to do that, but at home, they put Juve to shame with a 3-0 scoreline. Fiorentina, on the other hand, decimated Roma with a 7-1 scorecard.
Either looks determined to go all the way and will at no cost concede an inch to the other.
Fiorentina vs Atalanta Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last five games in a row had under 2.5 goals.
- Two of the last five encounters were goalless draws.
- The last three meetings at the Stadio Artemio Franchi failed to have three or more goals.
- Atalanta failed to score in three of their last four visits to this venue.
Fiorentina vs Atalanta Prediction
The absence of four-time defending champion Juventus will be the selling point of this year’s Coppa Italia. The remaining four will fight tooth and nail for this once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity. And as such, it could be definitely said that, neither Fiorentina nor Atalanta will risk going after the other, and that too in the first leg.
Both will resort to slow build-up and will try to feel out their opponents. In typical Italian fashion, the game will be centered around the defenses, and goals will come, if it does at all, through mistakes.
Both teams are going through a great spell of form. Fiorentina is unbeaten in their last nine matches and avoided defeat in 17 of their last 19. At home, they were unvanquished in 14 of their last 16 attempts. On top of that, they destroyed Roma in their Quarter Final fixture. Coming to Atalanta, the team went unbeaten in eight of their last ten fixtures and won seven of their last ten on the road.
While it may be bothersome that they haven’t fared well against Fiorentina in past h2h ties, they come into this tie with the confidence of having beaten Juventus. Also, most recent face-to-face meetings have shown that both are almost on the same level, with four of the five overall games ending in draws, and two of the last three at this venue, as well.
And finally, goals have been really scarce in these above-mentioned recent match-ups. The last five overall and the last three at this venue had under 2.5 goals. Additionally, two of the last five meetings were completely goalless as well.
Keeping in line with this trend, we can expect the teams to dole out a goalless first half, in this highly competitive fixture.
Fiorentina vs Atalanta Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Draw @ 2.20 (6/5)
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 @ 2.75 (7/4).