2/10/21 2:45 pm
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Atalanta is welcoming Napoli to Gewiss Stadium in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals.
Atalanta is struggling a bit at the moment, and they haven’t won any of their last 3 games. This past weekend, Atalanta was hosting a weak Torino team in Serie A, and they have had 57% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. Atalanta has had a 3-0 lead in the 21st minute, but they managed to gamble everything away. By halftime, the score was 3-2, while Torino scored another goal in the 84th minute, and it was 3-3. Despite being the better team, despite having a huge advantage, and despite playing better soccer, Atalanta wasn’t able to get a win here, and it ended in a 3-3 draw. Atalanta is in 7th place in the Serie A standings with 37 points, 48 scored goals, and 29 conceded goals. Miranchuk has scored 2 goals for Atalanta in Coppa Italia so far. Sutalo and Maehle are both injured, and they will miss this game. Atalanta is a good team, but they have had a slot of a dry spell so far this season, and they will have a tough time reaching the Champions League spot in Serie A if they don’t snap out of this.
Napoli is in the same basket as Atalanta, and they have been wildly inconsistent so far this season. in their last Serie A game, Napoli was playing against Genoa on the road, and they were solid with 67% of ball possession, 9 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a solid 88% of the correct passes. Napoli was attacking, but they weren’t able to finish any of their chances, while their defense was not good enough against Genoa’s weak team. Napoli has lost this game 2-1. Napoli is now in 6th place in the Serie A standings with 37 points, and they are only 3 points away from the Champions League spot thanks to Roma losing their game. Napoli has been solid on both ends so far, but when they are struggling, they are struggling on both ends. Lozano has scored 2 goals for Napoli in Coppa Italia so far, and he is expected to be in the starting lineup. Mertens, Manolas, Koulibaly, and Ghoulam are all injured for Napoli, and this might be a huge problem for Napoli in this important game. Don’t get me wrong, I think Napoli is a good team, well coached, and they have improved on both ends comparing to the last season, but they need to do something about their inconsistencies.
The trends are pretty even in this matchup, and both teams are in kind of a slump. I think Napoli will miss their injured players more than Atalanta will miss theirs, and for that reason, I will side with Atalanta at home.