On Wednesday, December 20, with three matches worth a place in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup, Atalanta and Sassuolo will have the right to open the schedule. Scheduled to start at 12 a.m. (GMT) the game will be held at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium in Bergamo. At this stage of the tournament the definition takes place in a single confrontation. Thus, tie forces the completion of 30 minutes and, if necessary, decision through penalties charges.
The recent performance of Atalanta
Draw was the result of Sunday’s game, December 17, of Atalanta, against Lazio. After taking advantage of the scoreline twice (2 to 0 and 3 to 2), he ended up giving the tie by 3 to 3.
It was enough, however, for the Bergamo team to climb up one place on the leaderboard. He reached seventh place with 24 points (six wins, six draws and five draws). Also benefited by the defeat of Sampdoria, who was parked in the 27 points in the sixth place. Thus, Atalanta managed to reduce to three points its disadvantage in relation to the classification block for European tournaments.
Guaranteed in the last 16 of the Europa League, this Wednesday’s match will be the first of the Bergamo team in the Italian Cup. For having managed to stay in the Italian Serie A elite squad the previous season had the right to skip the previous four rounds of the Italian Cup.
With his team undefeated for six games (three wins and three draws), coach Gian Piero Gasperini has all of his squad available for the match against Sassuolo. You have no concussion issues or suspension to administer.
The current form of Sassuolo
Although he is still far away both technically and economically from top-ranked Italian football teams, Sassuolo are still able to stay in the elite division since being able to climb for the first time.
The current season has not been an exception. Even without great brilliance, the team is fulfilling its goal of staying out of the sticking region. On Sunday, December 17, he defeated Sampdoria 1-0 away from home with 17 points (five wins, two draws and ten losses). With that, it came to occupy the fifteenth position.
The difference for the relegation zone is not great. Only three points separate the Sassuolo from the Spal, who open that region in eighteenth place. However, two other teams are among them increasing the margin of safety a bit.
In the Italian Cup, Sassuolo made its debut in the third stage. At home, he confirmed his favoritism by scoring 2-0 in the Spezia, Series B. Another team from the Second Division, Bari, was their rival in the fourth stage. Again in their dominions, won by 2 to 1.
Coached by coach Giuseppe Iachinni, the team have two doubts about starting on Wednesday. They are in injury treatment defender Claud Adjapong (six matches in the 20172018 Italian Championship, no goal) and midfielder Timo Letschert (five games, no goal).
History of the matches against Atalanta and Sassuolo
Atalanta have not lost to Sassuolo for seven games. The series, however, has more draws (four) than wins (three). In the first round of the 2017/2018 Italian Championship in Bergamo, the hosts made it 2-1.
Atalanta managed to score in eight of their nine matches in their Italian Championship stadium (five wins, three draws and one defeat). It is the fifth team in the ranking of constituents of the tournament.
The Sassuolo has fared far better than home in its stadium. It is the ninth in the table that takes into account only the results of the teams as a visitor. He did not even draw a game. Of the nine clashes, he won four and lost five.
The greater regularity of Atalanta makes the team of Bergamo should be singled out as the best guessing option for the match. It has a price of 1.60 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.00 and successful visitor yields 5.50 per real invested.