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Atalanta vs Udinese – In form striker to make the difference for the hosts
Atalanta set to build on Coppa success in clash against Udinese
Atalanta can keep top four hopes alive with victory at home against Udinese in Serie A (Getty Images)
Atalanta vs Udinese Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Fresh from reaching the Coppa Italia final, Atlanta will continue their quest for a top four finish when they play Udinese at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Serie A. The hosts are on a 10-match unbeaten run and should be too strong for the visitors who are out of sorts at the moment. Duvan Zapata's excellent form also means he is backed in the goalscorer market.
Atalanta BC Form & Team News
Atalanta are coming off a 2-1 victory at home against Fiorentina which put them through to the final of the Coppa Italia. They fell behind early in the first half but struck back through goals from Josip Ilicic and Alejandro Gomez.
La Dea have been in fine form and are unbeaten in their last 10 matches across all competitions. Gian Piero Gasperini's men have claimed six wins in that run, including an impressive 2-1 Serie A triumph at Napoli which took them level on 56 points with fourth place AC Milan.
They are backed at 1.33 to win on Monday but given Duvan Zapata's impressive form, a win and a goal from the forward is priced at 1.90. Zapata has 21 Serie A goals for Atalanta this season, including four in his last six matches. The Colombian striker is set to lead the line on Monday with Ilicic providing support having scored four goals in his last four home matches.
Udinese Calcio Form & Team News
Udinese were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sassuolo last time out. They fought back from a goal down with Pol Lirola's unfortunate own goal 10 minutes from time earning them a share of the spoils.
The result means Udinese are winless in their last three matches, and have dropped to 17th on the table, just four points off the relegation zone. Igor Tudor’s men have lost six of their last seven away matches, placing them at a massive 10.00 to win in Bergamo with a draw priced at 5.00.
Rodrigo de Paul is the top scorer for Udinese with nine goals but the midfielder has failed to score in his last three matches. Kevin Lasagna usually leads the line for the Udine club but is also on a four-match goal drought.
Atalanta vs Udinese Head to Head
Udinese have an 18-12 advantage with 14 draws from 44 previous matches against Atalanta. The Bergamo based club have claimed the upper hand in recent matches, winning the last two, including a 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture at the Dacia Arena with Zapata netting a hat-trick.
Atalanta vs Udinese Match Up
Zapata has been excellent for Atalanta this season with 21 goals to his name. The Colombian striker netted a hat-trick in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and with Ilicic providing support, should get the better of the Udinese defence.
Udinese have had problems in attack lately with Lasagna and Rodrigo de Paul struggling for goals at the moment. Both men are in the middle of goal droughts and should find things difficult in Bergamo.
Atalanta vs Udinese Key Statistics
- Atalanta have won 6 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
- Atalanta have won their last 2 matches against Udinese (Serie A).
- Atalanta's Duvan Zapata has scored 4 goals in his last 6 matches(Serie A).
- Udinese have lost 6 of their last 7 away matches (Serie A).
Atalanta have won six of their last nine matches and with the excellent Duvan Zapata who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture leading the line, should have to much for a struggling Udinese.
Best Bet: Duvan Zapata Score & Atalanta Win @ 1.90 at bet365 – 3 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Duvan Zapata @ 3.50 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Atalanta Win 3-1 @ 11.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit
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