Atalanta vs Empoli Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Atalanta vs Empoli Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Atalanta will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Serie A when they welcome Empoli at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Tuesday night. Atalanta had a difficult trip to AC Milan at the weekend, and despite the hosts’ dominance Gian Piero Gasperini’s men had their chances too in a foggy and frantic goalless draw. On the contrary, Empoli picked up a comfortable 2-0 home win over Cagliari, with Levan Mchedlidze scoring a brace for Giovanni Martusciello’s side. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Atalanta Preview

Atalanta were on an impressive 10-game unbeaten streak across all competitions between the end of September to the end of November, but it appears they have lost their focus recently. La Dea enter the fray off the back of a three-game winless run in the Serie A, registering consecutive 3-1 defeats at the hands of Juventus and Udinese along with their goalless away draw at AC Milan at the weekend. Despite the recent struggle, Atalanta still find themselves in a respectable 6th position in the Serie A table with an impressive tally of 29 points after 17 rounds, just two points off the top five. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have been scoring goals for fun throughout this Serie A campaign, netting 25 goals in 17 league fixtures so far. Franck Kessie and Jasmin Kurtic are Atalanta’s joint topscorers at the moment with five goals and one assist each. Their home form is the main reason for Atalanta’s performances this season, winning five of their eight home fixtures in the Serie A. Actually, La Dea were on a five-game winning run in all competitions in front of their own fans prior to their 1-3 loss against Udinese in their most recent home fixture in the Serie A. The bad news is that Atalanta are winless in their last three home meetings with Empoli in all competitions, losing once and drawing twice in this term.

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Empoli Preview

Empoli have finally ended their goal drought thanks to a rare Levan Mchedlidze brace against Cagliari at the weekend. This was Empoli’s first victory in the Serie A in their last five league fixtures. This puts Empoli in 17th place in the standings with just 14 points to their name after 17 rounds, already 5 points clear of the relegation zone. Scoring goals has been the main reason for Empoli’s struggle throughout this Serie A campaign as they hold the worst offensive record in the division, having scored just 9 goals in 17 league fixtures. Massimo Maccarone, Levan Mchedlidze and Riccardo Saponara are Empoli’s joint topscorers at the moment, scoring two goals each. Their away form has also been a problem as Empoli have only won once in their eight away fixtures in the Serie A so far this season, scoring just four goals in the process. Empoli have failed to score in seven of their eight away league games, as all of their four goals on the road were scored against Pescara. The only positive thing ahead of this clash for Empoli is that they are unbeaten in three visits to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, having scored 2 goals in two of these games.

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Atalanta Team News

Alberto Paloschi and Etrit Berisha are both out through injury, while Emanuele Suagher is a doubt.

Empoli Team News

Marco Zambelli, Manuel Pasqual and Frederic Veseli are all doubts, but Roman Chanturia is back in training following his knee injury.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Atalanta should have no problems in picking up all three points here in my opinion, as they proved to be a tough nut to crack on home soil throughout this Serie A campaign. I’m also backing them score a couple of goals in this one and even to keep a clean sheet. To strengthen up this prediction, it must be said that Atalanta have scored at least two goals in seven of their last ten home fixtures in all competitions, while Empoli have failed to score in seven of their eight away league games so far this season.

Atalanta to win at 13/20

Over 2.5 goals at 43/40

Atalanta saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Empoli saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Atalanta Form Guide

Atalanta Team Logo

Atalanta

Won

4

Draw

4

Lost

2
W H

31-03-2018

Serie A

Udinese Team Logo Udinese

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

03-04-2018

Serie A

Sampdoria Team Logo Sampdoria

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

07-04-2018

Serie A

SPAL 2013 Team Logo SPAL 2013

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

14-04-2018

Serie A

Inter Team Logo Inter

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

18-04-2018

Serie A

Benevento Team Logo Benevento

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

22-04-2018

Serie A

Torino Team Logo Torino

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

29-04-2018

Serie A

Genoa Team Logo Genoa

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

06-05-2018

Serie A

Lazio Team Logo Lazio

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

13-05-2018

Serie A

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

20-05-2018

Serie A

Cagliari Team Logo Cagliari

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Empoli Form Guide

Empoli Team Logo

Empoli

Won

6

Draw

4

Lost

0
W A

02-04-2018

Serie B

Foggia Team Logo Foggia

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

07-04-2018

Serie B

Spezia Team Logo Spezia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Serie B

Pro Vercelli Team Logo Pro Vercelli

FT 3 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

17-04-2018

Serie B

Cesena Team Logo Cesena

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

W A

23-04-2018

Serie B

Frosinone Team Logo Frosinone

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

28-04-2018

Serie B

Novara Team Logo Novara

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

01-05-2018

Serie B

Carpi Team Logo Carpi

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

07-05-2018

Serie B

Cremonese Team Logo Cremonese

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-05-2018

Serie B

Brescia Team Logo Brescia

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

18-05-2018

Serie B

Perugia Team Logo Perugia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

Atalanta Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Empoli Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Atalanta vs Empoli Sidelined Players

Atalanta
43 Alberto Paloschi Injured
- Emanuele Suagher Injured
1 Etrit Berisha Injured
Empoli
3 Marco Zambelli Injured
21 Manuel Pasqual Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
57 GK Marco Sportiello 181 75
3 CD Rafael Toloi 185 75
6 CD Ervin Zukanovic 190 85
5 CD Andrea Masiello 185 75
27 AM Jasmin Kurtic 186 88
37 RM Leonardo Spinazzola 185 73
4 CM Roberto Gagliardini 188 77
11 CM Remo Freuler 181 75
24 LM Andrea Conti 176 74
10 CF Alejandro Gomez 164 60
29 CF Andrea Petagna 185 80
No. Pos Player M kg
28 GK Lukasz Skorupski 187 84
6 CD Giuseppe Bellusci 185 75
24 LB Uros Cosic 187 76
4 RB Federico Dimarco 174 78
15 CD Andrea Costa 182 73
11 CM Daniele Croce 175 68
77 CDM Marcel Buechel 175 69
8 CDM Assane Diousse 183 77
88 CDM Andres Tello 181 65
89 CF Guido Marilungo 175 69
9 CF Levan Mchedlidze 192 84