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Atalanta vs Bologna - Match Preview

04 Apr 2019 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Atalanta Bergamasca

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:00 GMT
04 April 2019

Bologna FC

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
19:00 GMT 04 April 2019

Despite Europa League football not returning until next week, there is still some football to be played this Thursday. One of those games sees Atalanta play host to Bologna in Serie A.

STATS

  • Atalanta have enjoyed a great season so far and are still very much in contention for a Champions League place as they currently sit 5th four points outside the top four. Thursday provides their game-in-hand following a run of three wins in their last four matches. They came from behind to beat Parma 3-1 last time out.
  • Bologna, on the other hand, are in great danger of relegation as they are currently 18th in the bottom three. They are in surprisingly top form though as they picked up three victories in their last three games, including a 2-1 home win against Sassuolo.
  • Duvan Zapata has been fantastic in recent weeks and is now hunting the Golden Boot, he is joint 3rd in the standings with 19 league goals.
  • Bologna have struggled to find the back of the net so far this term as their leading scorer, Federico Santander only has six goals in Serie A.

HEAD TO HEAD

Atalanta will take plenty of confidence from their recent record against Bologna as they have won each of the last six meetings between the sides, including the reverse fixture this season which they won 2-1. Bologna’s last win at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia came 10 years ago back in 2009 so it is far from a happy hunting ground for them. There have been over 2.5 goals in two of the last five meetings with both teams scoring in both of those games.

ATALANTA NEWS

Atalanta can close the gap on the top four to just a single point if they win on Thursday. They can take confidence from their lack of injuries as only Marco Varnier and Rafael Toloi are the only doubts.

Latest matches: Atalanta Bergamasca

31.03.2019 Seri Parma FC Atalanta Bergamasca 1:3 W
17.03.2019 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca AC Chievo Verona 1:1 D
10.03.2019 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Atalanta Bergamasca 1:2 W
03.03.2019 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca AC Fiorentina 3:1 W
27.02.2019 Copp AC Fiorentina Atalanta Bergamasca 3:3 D

BOLOGNA NEWS

Another win for the visitors would take them out of the drop zone but it won’t be easy against one of the division’s best sides. Blerim Dzemaili, Federico Santander and Simone Edera all face late fitness tests.

Latest matches: Bologna FC

31.03.2019 Seri Bologna FC US Sassuolo 2:1 W
16.03.2019 Seri Turin FC Bologna FC 2:3 W
10.03.2019 Seri Bologna FC Cagliari Calcio 2:0 W
03.03.2019 Seri Udinese Calcio Bologna FC 2:1 L
24.02.2019 Seri Bologna FC Juventus Turin 0:1 L

SUMMARY

With a potential place in the Champions League in their sights, this is certainly Atalanta’s game to lose and I expect them to win comfortably, by at least two goals. That is why backing them to win with a -1 handicap looks a good price.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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