Fiorentina vs Atalanta
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 30 September 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
Fiorentina will be determined to get back on track after losing 2-1 to Inter midweek, but Atalanta will be hoping to finally earn an away win as they have not won on the road all season.
The Viola have had a pretty solid start so far and sit in fifth place as they aim to secure at least a European football place. The same can’t be said about Atalanta, who failed to secure a Europa League spot after crashing out at the playoffs stage by losing to Copenhagen and they have not impressed in league play thus far.
Stefano Pioli’s side have not had the easiest games on their menu, having to already play Napoli and Inter and thus ended up dropping points, but have picked up wins against the likes of Chievo as well as SPAL and also beat Udinese which are solid points to add to the board, but at the same time they have not really been tested just yet on home turf.
Atalanta, then, could represent their first serious test. La Dea come into this game having earned a draw with Torino and clawed their way back to secure a 2-2 stalemate with AC Milan, but all in all they sit in the bottom half of the table having picked up just six points from their first six games.
However, they did come from behind twice against Milan to earn a draw, which shows some fighting spirit. Will they be able to finally grind out a positive result on the road for the first time all season?
Fiorentina vs Atalanta: Head-to-head statistics
- Atalanta have not won an away fixture all season
- Fiorentina have drawn their last 4 matches against Atalanta in all competitions
- Fiorentina have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Atalanta across all competitions
Fiorentina vs Atalanta: Prediction
Although Fiorentina are in better form at the moment, both meetings between the two sides last term finished as draws. Furthermore, Fiorentina have not really been tested at home against a stronger side – they have played teams like Chievo and SPAL.
In addition, the Viola only beat one of the top seven sides on home turf last season, showing that they tend to beat up on smaller teams but struggle when it comes to facing bigger sides, and this could be a tougher game than expected for the Viola.