Atalanta and Napoli are clashing at Gewiss Stadium in round 31 of the Italian Serie A. Atalanta have been very inconsistent this season, their offense can’t seem to produce as much as it used to, and their defense is not helping. Napoli is still in the title race, they are a solid defensive team, but their offense is also not doing great right now.
With 3 wins and a draw, Atalanta is undefeated in their last 4 games, and they are now in 4th place with 51 points. Atalanta is now only 2 spots away from the Champions League, but that is 8 points, and I’m not sure they can get there. Overall, Atalanta has scored 51 goals, but in some games, they don’t score at all, while in the next they scored 3 or 4 goals. Defensively, Atalanta is averaging just over 1 conceded goal per game, which is not bad. Atalanta is still playing in the Europa League, and they will face Leipzig, a team that is on fire right now. Zapata and Pasalic are leading goalscorers for Atalanta with 9 goals each, while Pasalic has also added 6 assists. Ilicic, Zapata, and Toloi are all injured. There is a lot of talent in Atalanta, but something is just not working out for them this season, and it's a shame.
Napoli has gone on the international break on a 2-game winning streak, and they are now only 2 points away from the top of the table. In those 2 games, Napoli has scored 4 goals while conceding 2 goals, but in this game, they are missing their leading goalscorer with 11 goals. Mertens and Insigne have added 7 goals each. Insigne has also added 6 assists. Alongside Osimhen, Rrahmani is also suspended, while Petagna, Meret, and Di Lorenzo are injured. There are a few other questionable players for Napoli. Defensively, Napoli is still the best team in the league, but their offense has fallen behind, and unless they pick it up, they won’t win the title. For some players, this is the last chance to win Serie A, and that is the last competition Napoli is playing in for the rest of the season.
The trends are pretty even in this matchup, but I don’t see much separating these two teams. Napoli hasn’t won any of their last 3 games against Atalanta, while Atalanta hasn’t lost any of their last 3 home games against Napoli. I’m going with a draw.