Stadium: San Paulo (Naples)
Referee: Andrea Colombo
The leader of the Italian championship Napoli in the previous round suffered the second defeat in the current championship, failing on their field against Lazio - 0:1. Will Luciano Spalletti's team be able to rehabilitate themselves for this defeat in their home game against Atalanta?Get Your Sign-Up Bonus!
The meeting against Lazio was one of the worst for Napoli this season. Just as in the game with Inter at the beginning of the calendar year, it was a game in which the opponents perfectly analyzed the strong qualities of Napoli's attack, shutting down Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Viktor Osimen. This loss, of course, should remind the Neapolitans that nothing has been won yet. But the gap from the nearest pursuer in the table is still 15 points. So, Napoli has the right to make any more mistakes.
Napoli will face the return leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Eintracht Frankfurt in the middle of next week, immediately after the match with Atalanta. The first leg in Germany ended in a confident 2:0 win for Spalletti's side.
The team hosted Udinese in the last round and played a disappointing match. Of course, Atalanta created a few dangerous chances, but they failed to convert any of them. The opponents settled for a draw and hardly attacked, so the match ended 0:0. The team has dropped points for the third straight matchday, winning only one of their last six games, including losing the Italian Cup to Inter. And recently, there was serious talk about the championship ambitions of the club from Bergamo.
Expert Betting Tips
All three of Spalletti and Gasperini's head-to-head encounters in the previous and this league season have been productive; the coaches know how to approach each other's defensive formations. There may be goals scored in the upcoming game. Moreover, Atalanta has been unlucky in several previous matches, where they did not make the right moments and lost points. Napoli will soon have a significant match in the Champions League. The huge gap in the national championship allows us to focus on this tournament and not be one hundred percent concentrated on the Serie A meetings. We bet on the exchange of goals and total over.
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