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Atalanta vs Empoli - La Dea to keep up European chase with commanding performance

Hosts should be far too strong in Bergamo
Atalanta vs Empoli
Atalanta tipped to make light work of Empoli in Serie A (Getty Images)

Atalanta vs Empoli Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Atalanta have their eyes firmly set on a UEFA Champions League finish and are expected to be too strong for a struggling Empoli team in an Italian Serie A clash at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. A -1 handicap is recommended at 1.90 as Empoli have failed to win any of their away matches this season.

Atalanta BC Form & Team News


Atalanta played out a 0-0 draw at Inter Milan last time out in a result that kept them in the hunt for a top four finish. They are fifth on the table, level on 52 points with fourth place AC Milan. La Dea have won four of their last six home matches across all competitions, including victories over Juventus and Fiorentina.

Duvan Zapata has been excellent for Gian Piero Gasperini's men this season having scored 20 goals. Josip Ilicic has contributed 11 goals, five of which have come in his last five home matches.

Atalanta are favoured to win on Monday and are priced at odds of 1.33 to claim the victory. The Bergamo based club are one of the top scorers in Serie A and given Empoli's abysmal away form, a -1 handicap bet offers more value at 1.90.

Gian Piero Gasperini
Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta have won four of their last six home matches (Getty Images)

Empoli FC Form & Team News


Empoli are 18th on the table and in danger of being cut adrift in their quest for survival as they sit two points from safety. They have lost three of their last five Serie A matches, including a 3-2 defeat at Udinese last time out.

Aurelio Andreazzoli's team took the lead twice in Udine through Francesco Caputo and Rade Krunic but were unable to hold on as some poor defending saw them concede three goals. They will be without defender Domenico Maietta, who is suspended for the clash. Top scorer Caputo is expected to start despite failing to score in his last six away matches.

Empoli are poor away from home as they are yet to register a win on their travels this season. An unlikely victory at the difficult Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia is valued at a massive 9.00 with a draw priced at 5.25.

Atalanta vs Empoli Head to Head 


Atalanta have a 6-5 edge with eight draws from 19 previous matches against Empoli. La Dea have won three of the last five meetings but suffered a 3-2 defeat in the reverse fixture at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. 

Atalanta vs Empoli Match Up


Zapata and Ilicic have formed a great understanding for Atalanta having combined for 31 Serie A goals this season. The Colombian striker often draws defenders out of position, creating space for Ilicic who has found the net five times in his last five home matches.

Empoli are not only winless on the road this season, they have also struggled for goals away from home. Caputo has failed to score in his last eight away matches and should be in for a difficult time in Bergamo.

Zapata and Ilicic
Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata are expected to be key for Atalanta (Getty Images)

Atalanta vs Empoli Key Statistics 


  • Atalanta have won 4 of their last 6 home matches (all competitions).
  • Atalanta's Duvan Zapata has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season.
  • Atalanta's Duvan Zapata has scored 3 goals in his last 2 matches (Serie A).
  • Empoli have lost their last 5 away matches (Serie A).

Verdict


Atalanta have enough quality to take advantage of Empoli’s poor away form. A -1 handicap is recommended at odds of 1.90 with a 3-0 win paying 9.00 in the correct score market. Duvan Zapata has been in sensational goalscoring form this season and can add to his tally here.

Best Bet: Atalanta -1 Handicap @ 1.90 at bet365 - 3 Units
Score & Win Double: Duvan Zapata Anytime Goalscorer & Atalanta Win @ 2.10 at bet365 - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Duvan Zapata @ 4.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Atalanta Win 3-0 @ 9.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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