Atalanta take on the visitors Empoli in the round 27 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Friday, February 17th at Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo).
The recent performance of Atalanta is concerning. Gasperini's team hasn't won four consecutive matches in the Italian championship, failing to score in the last three. However, despite this, I believe Atalanta will win their next match. In the previous two away matches, they faced strong opponents - the current champion of the country Milan and future champion Napoli. Losing to them was expected. In their last Serie A home match against Udinese, Atalanta played well and dominated their opponent in every aspect, including xG, but unfortunately failed to score (0-0). Empoli are not stronger than Udinese, so Atalanta should beat them at home.
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At one point in the championship, Paolo Zanetti's team played great football. However, Empoli are currently an unremarkable team that is far from relegation but not quite mid-table. In the last six rounds of the championship, Empoli has suffered four defeats. After two draws, they have lost their last three matches: 0-2 to Napoli, 1-2 to Monza, and 0-1 to Udinese. Neither Atalanta nor Empoli are in their best form right now. Nevertheless, Atalanta is the favorite, given their composition and class.
Although Atalanta's recent form is not ideal, they should still win. Playing against Empoli is a great opportunity for Gasperini's team to break their losing streak, as Empoli has not earned any points recently. Empoli suffered two defeats in their last away matches in Serie A. On the other hand, Atalanta is a team fighting for a place in the European Cup zone and is better in terms of class than their opponent. Atalanta already defeated Empoli 2-0 in their previous away match this season. Therefore, I believe Atalanta will win again, this time at home.
Prediction for the match: Atalanta to win.