After two weeks of downtime, the Italian Championship in its 2017/2018 edition will be resumed this Sunday, January 21. In Bergamo, Atalanta will host Napoli, leader. Starting at 9:30 am (GMT), determined by the desire to increase the fans of Serie A in China, the match that is part of the twenty-first round, will be held at the stadium Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
The recent performance of Atalanta
Atalanta were responsible for taking Napoli out of the competition for the Italian Cup title at the San Paolo stadium. Although they have also remained in contention for the Europa League, which will open their knockout stage in February, the Bergamo team does not show the same performance in the Italian Championship.
With 30 points (eight wins, six draws and six losses) after a 2-1 win away from home in the previous round against Roma, he is in sixth place. It is outside the classification zone for European tournaments. The score, however, is the same as Sampdoria, who closes this block. Samp, however, has one more game to play.
Coach Gian Piero Gasperini had the chance to take advantage of the intertemporada to correct some defects presented by the team, which underwent a major reformulation before the start of the season. In the period, he had no problems of injury and, in this way, counted with his main athletes in the preparation for the confrontation of this Sunday.
The current form of Napoli
In their last game on January 6, Napoli confirmed their favoritism against Verona and, in Naples, scored 2-0. He remained in that way leading the Italian Championship. He has 51 points (16 wins, three draws and one loss). One more than Juventus, second placed.
Although the San Paolo is considered a ‘trapdoor’, Napoli has achieved its most significant results far from home. As a visitor, he accumulated 28 points (nine wins and one draw). It was the only team that has not lost as a visitor yet. Also in ten games, Juventus has accumulated three points less in this situation.
Criticized last year for not correcting defensive faults, coach Mauricio Sarri has taken a step forward in this regard. With 13 goals conceded, Napoli presents the least-leveled defense of the Italian Serie A.
To face Atalanta, however, the coach may not be able to count on an important point guard and responsible for creating a series of offensive moves. Slovak midfielder Marek Hamsik (20 matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship, four games) suffered an injury in the match against Verona. Had to leave before the end. After two weeks of recovery will undergo further tests that will determine the possibility of being available to Sarri.
Also in the ward are defender Faouzi Ghoulan (11 matches, two goals) and striker Arkadiusk Milik (three matches, one goal).
History of the bouts between Atalanta and Napoli
The teams already face each other twice in the current season. In the first round of the Italian Championship, Napoli won 3-1. In the Italian Cup, again in Naples, it was Atalanta’s turn to take the best and eliminate the rival by scoring 2-1 at the start of 2018. played on January 2.
Sarri has been extremely loyal to his tactical principles. Put the team to play the same way both at home and away. That is how he has achieved excellent results as a visitor and also the factor that indicates the hunch in the Neapolitan team as the best choice for the match. The price for this possibility is 2.00 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.50 and success of the owners of the house yields 3.60 for each real invested. Prices in effect at 17:17 on 1/18/2018.