Steamrolling Atalanta travel to Verona
Hellas Verona welcome Atalanta to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi arena in the picturesque city of Verona during Serie A's matchday 34. Both teams have had, by their standards, fantastic seasons and with as many as 5 games left there is still a lot to play for.
Hellas Verona F.C.
Verona were widely touted as relegation candidates prior to the seasons start but 11 months and 33 games later they can be found at a very impressive 9th place with 44 points to their name. Not only are they more than guaranteed a spot in next years Serie A, they are also still in the running for a spot in next years Europa League which is more than anyone dared hope for.
I Gialloblu might be coming off the back of a 4 game winless streak (2 draws, 2 defeats) but that does not mean that they should be underestimated with 3 of the last 4 taking place away from home against the likes of Roma and Fiorentina which are not the easiest of games. The home fixture was a tightly contested game against title hopefuls Inter that finished 2-2 but could have gone either way which says a lot about how good Verona are on their home turf.
Coach Ivan Juric's men have taken the majority of their points at home and have racked up the impressive stats of 8 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats at the Marcantonio Bentegodi losing only to the likes of Milan, Sassuolo, Roma and Napoli, all of which can be found above Verona in the table. They even managed to beat champions Juventus (2-1) which should be enough to prove how good they actually are when at home.
Hellas Verona still have a shot, albeit a small one, at qualifying for the Europa League but they must first overcome the current powerhouse that is Atalanta.
La Dea are only 1 goal away from tying, and 2 goals from breaking the all time scoring record set by any individual team in Serie A's history set by Napoli during the 16/17 season when they scored a mind boggling 94 goals in 38 games. Let me reiterate a little, Atalanta have scored 93 goals with 5 games left meaning that they are, in all probability, going to pass the 100 goal mark before the seasons end.
Football at its finest
Atalanta play some of the most entertaining, offensive football i have ever seen during my lifetime. They have in fact been so fun to watch that what i just wrote was a major understatement and if that is not enough to make you tune in and watch one of their games, you are not a real football fan.
Very impressive streak
The footballing genius that is Gian Piero Gasperini's team can currently be found at 3rd, 7 points behind leaders Juventus and 1 point behind second placed Inter but only 1 point above Lazio whom they recently leapfrogged. They are currently on a massive 13 game streak without defeat and have won 11 of those only dropping points to Genoa back in February and Juventus last week (2-2 where Juve got lucky with 2 penalties).
La Dea still have a shot at the title with Juve faltering and winless in their last 3 meaning that they will continue with their pedal to the metal approach in a bid to catch them.
La Dea look unstoppable which is why i will unequivocally back an Atalanta win and Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 with Betway.