Genoa at Atalanta
|Date & Time||Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
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Atalanta is hosting Genoa in round 36 of Italian Serie A.
Atalanta is playing the best soccer in Italy right now and is on a 12-game streak without a defeat. In their last game against Lazio, Atalanta was fantastic with 45% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks and 81% of correct passes and has won this game 1-3. Atalanta is holding 4th place in the Serie A standings with 62 points and is only 1 point behind Inter in third place. Zapata is playing in great form and is Atalanta’s top goal scorer with 22 goals while Gomez has 11 assists. Toloi is injured while Gomez, Mancini, and Masiello are suspended due to the yellow cards. Atlanta is playing nice and offensive soccer with lots of short passes and has scored 71 goals thus far in the season. In the last 4 games Atalanta has scored 9 goals while conceding only 3 thanks to their defense who got stabilized and because of that Atalanta has conceded only 14 goals in the second part of the season. Coach Gasperini is doing a really good job and both players and fans are filled with confidence and Atalanta has a chance to finish the season on even higher position then they hoped for.
Geno hasn’t won any of their last 7 games and is holding 16th place in the standings with 36 points, 4 points outside the relegation zone. Genoa has a solid offense with 37 scored goals in 35 games, which is just over a goal per game but since they sold Piatek who was their star striker 4 months ago, that offense has stopped producing goals. In their last game against Roma, Atalanta was actually pretty good and had a chance to win the game but they missed a penalty in last minute of the match. In that game, Atalanta had 41% ball possession, 5 shots on goal and 73% of correct passes and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Kouame is Genoa’s top goal scorer with 4 goals and 5 assists. Mazitelli, Sturaro, Favilli, and Hiljemark are all injured and will not be playing. This was a really rough season for Genoa in which they changed 3 coaches, roster changed numerous times and consistency was nowhere to be found and both players and management can’t wait for this season to end. Genoa is outside relegation zone and will most likely stay there, which was the goal before the season started but management has already announced that a lot of changes will be made before preparations for next season start.
Atalanta hasn’t lost any of their last 6 home matches while Genoa hasn’t won any of their last 7 away matches. Atalanta has a much better team and more importantly, a team that is filled with confidence and playing in great form and for that reason, I’m not giving a lot of chances to Genoa in this match.