Bergamo set to host a Coppa Itlalia classic
The Gewiss Stadium is the setting for this Coppa Italia quarter-final that is bound to be hotly contested. With both sides losing on Sunday, getting back to winning ways alongside qualifying for a semi-final should be of the upmost priority.
Gasperini looking to go one step further with La Dea
1963 was the last time that Atalanta won the Coppa Italia. Considering their recent rise to the upper reaches of Serie A, this should well change soon.
Last three results:
Atalanta 0-0 Inter (16.01.22)
Lazio 0-0 Atalanta (22.01.22)
Atalanta 1-2 Cagliari (06.02.22)
Last time out for Atalanta was a shock to the system. Losing 2-1 at home to a Cagliari side that have just about crawled out of the relegation zone thanks to this win in Begamo.
A Gaston Pereiro double coupled with a red card for Atalanta's number one between the sticks Juan Musso, spelled a pretty torrid time for Gasperini's men.
Just three wins from their last twelve league games has put an abrupt stop to their early title charge. But they can still have a successful season, if they can win the Coppa Italia starting by getting past Fiorentina.
Vlahovic gone...so what now?
Of course, the story of this year has been the departure of talisman Dusan Vlahovic to bitter rivals Juventus. His volume of scoring was key for them, so how can they move on from this?
Last three results:
Fiorentina 6-0 Genoa (17.01.22)
Cagliari 1-1 Fiorentina (23.01.22)
Fiorentina 0-3 Lazio (05.02.22)
Vincenzo Italiano will likely be sweating somewhat, as his side limped to a 3-0 home defeat to Lazio after going down to 10-men. Similarly to Thursday night's opponents, Fiorentina are in a bit of a rut.
But this season has been a real bounceback campaign for Viola. While they're unlikely to push on and threaten the European spots, sitting 8th and just three points off a Europa Conference League place is a vast improvement on the past couple of seasons.
Whether they can go on a cup run further than this remains to be seen, but they certainly have the fight in them to cause Atalanta some serious problems.
Some interesting trivia:
- Atlanta have won 16 of their last 17 home games in the Coppa Italia
- Atalanta have progressed in the last three occasions when they have played in Coppa Italia
- Fiorentina have lost three of their last four quarter-final Coppa Italia ties, the only exception being a 7-1 win against Roma in 2019.
While neither side has been in the most fruitful of form, a win here could reboot their season and get them back to winning ways. But due to the sheer quality in their side and more recent experience in the later stages of major tournaments, it's hard to look beyond an Atalanta win.
That's why I'm going with Atalanta to win and Both Teams to Score: Yes, with bet365.