Atalanta’s Struggles and European Aspirations

Atalanta’s recent performance has been marred by a morale-damaging 2-1 defeat against relegation-threatened Cagliari. This loss has left them clinging onto a place in the top six as they enter the next round of matches. With just one win in their last six league matches, their bid to secure a place in European competition next season via the league has been significantly hampered.

It seems that Atalanta’s recent success in cup competitions, such as their impressive 3-0 victory at Anfield against Liverpool in the Europa League, may have diverted their focus from Serie A matters. While these cup competitions offer a potential route back into continental action, they need to refocus their attention on the league if they want to secure a European spot for next season.

Atalanta’s Home Advantage and Impressive Goal-Scoring Record

After a run of four competitive away matches, Atalanta finally returns to the Gewiss Stadium. Their home ground has been a fortress for them, with nine wins in their last ten matches there. In fact, they have scored at least three goals in six of those victories, showcasing their attacking prowess.

Boosting their confidence further is the fact that Atalanta has won all eight of their home matches against teams in the bottom half of the table. Not only have they been victorious, but they have also managed to keep a clean sheet in seven of those matches. This impressive record against lower-ranked teams should give them the belief that they can secure a positive result against Hellas Verona.

Hellas Verona’s Relegation Battle and Poor Away Form

Hellas Verona finds themselves in a precarious position, with only a single-point cushion over the relegation zone. Their recent form has been concerning, with just two wins in their last 11 matches. This slump in form couldn’t have come at a worse time as the season’s relegation battle reaches its climax.

Verona’s away form has been particularly dismal, with only one win in their last 16 away matches. Although they have managed to win two of their last three head-to-head matches at Atalanta, their overall away form against the league’s better sides has been disappointing. They are winless on the road against the current top 12 sides, with eight losses and two draws.

Players to Watch

Gianluca Scamacca has been in fine form for Atalanta, scoring twice against Liverpool in the Europa League. Six of his last eight goals for the team have come before the break, making him a player to watch in the first half of the match.

Federico Bonazzoli has also been impressing for Verona, scoring in back-to-back games. Two of his three Serie A goals this season have come in the first half, highlighting his ability to make an impact early on.

Hot Stat: Atalanta’s Impressive First-Half Performances

Atalanta has been dominant in the first half of their home Serie A matches, leading ‘to nil’ at halftime in their last five home games. They have managed to secure four wins and suffered only one loss during this period. This statistic showcases their ability to start matches strongly and control proceedings in the early stages.

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