Napoli vs. Atalanta 10/17/20 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Napoli 2-0-1, Atalanta 3-0-0
10/17/20 9 am
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Napoli is welcoming Atalanta to Stadio San Paolo in round 4 in the Italian Serie A.
Napoli has started the season with 2 nice wins in which they scored 8 goals while conceding 0 goals. In their last Serie A game, Napoli was supposed to play against Juventus on the road, but they refused to travel to that game because some of the Juventus’ players were infected by the Coronavirus. This match was registered as a 3-0 win for Juventus. In their last played game in Serie A, Napoli was playing against Genoa at home, and they have had 57% of ball possession in that game, 9 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and high 93% of the correct passes. Napoli has won this match 6-0. Mertens and Lozano have scored 2 goals each for Napoli so far this season, while Mertens also added 2 assists. Insigne is injured, while Malcuit is still questionable for this game. Napoli ended last season in 7th place, which was below the Europa League zone, and it was disappointing for Napoli, but since they have won Coppa Italia, Napoli has qualified for the Europa League where they will play against Alkmaar, Rijeka, and Real Sociedad. Napoli is certainly the favorite to win this group, and they have the game and the quality to do so.
Atalanta has been playing fantastic soccer in their first three games of the season, and they have scored massive 13 goals while conceding 5 goals in their first three games. With 9 points, Atalanta is in first place in the Serie A standings. In their last Serie A game against Cagliari at home, Atalanta has had 58% of ball possession, 12 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 6 big chances created, and a solid 86% of the correct passes. With 4 scored goals in the first half and 1 more goal in the second half, Atalanta has won this match 5-2. Gollini, Pessina, Miranchuk, and Piccini are all injured for Atalanta, but they have been injured for a while, and Atalanta still has plenty of quality left. Gomez has been Atalanta’s best player with 4 goals and 2 assists so far, while Muriel and Hateboer added 2 goals each. Gosens, Zapata, and Palomino each added 2 assists for Atalanta so far this season. Of all the teams in Serie A, I enjoy watching Atalanta the most because they are playing attacking soccer, and they are creating a lot of chances and scoring a ton of goals. I think Atalanta will be a big favorite for the title this season, but they lack the depth to stay consistent all the way to the end.
Napoli has won 6 home games in a row, while Atalanta is on a 3-game winning streak. Both teams are playing fantastic soccer in the attacking end, while Napoli is playing better defense. I think Atalanta has enough quality to score against any team out there, Napoli included, which is why I will pick something on goals here.