Atalanta hosts Venezia in the Coppa Italia 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 12th at Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo)
Atalanta is flourishing under Gasperini. At one time, this team fought for survival in Serie A. And in recent years, it has been playing steadily in the Champions League. By the way, the current draw turned out to be unsuccessful: the Black and Blues took 3rd place after losing to Villarreal in the last round in Bergamo. But it will be interesting to look at them in the Europa League because they clearly lack a trophy. In this regard, Atalanta resembles Tottenham that also turned from an average performer into one of the leaders but didn’t win anything. By the way, the Goddess was very close to winning the Italian Cup, as it played in the finals both in 2019 and in 2021. Will the current draw bring the desired trophy? After a 2-6 away victory over Udinese, Malinovskyi and the company should be in a good mood.
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The Winged Lions fought for the right to play in Serie A for quite a long time. But at the same time, they were really lucky in the previous season. Let’s recall that Venezia finished the regular championship in 5th place, but managed to advance to the elite division through the playoffs. And the team clearly intends to stay here. For this purpose, the bosses even allocated some funds for transfers in winter. They bought Cuisance from Bayern Munich and won the dispute for the newcomer from CSKA Moscow. The new blood will not hurt, as the Winged Lions are still involved in the struggle for survival. The new year began with a 0-3 defeat to AC Milan, which hints that it will not be easy. On the other hand, the match against Salernitana was postponed, and Venezia players will have a chance to replenish their piggy bank later.
After 2004, there was a very long pause in head-to-head matches between these clubs. They played again only in November, and Atalanta had no special problems with the newcomer in Bergamo. The Black and Blues won 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Mario Pasalic. Of course, Atalanta is quite unpredictable. But the club is clearly stronger than the newcomer of Serie A and takes the cup seriously. We bet on the victory of the hosts with a -1.5 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Atalanta to win with -1.5 handicap