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Fiorentina vs Atalanta - Match Preview

23 Sep 2017 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

AC Fiorentina

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
24 September 2017

Atalanta Bergamasca

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 24 September 2017

The 2017/18 season is in full flow across Europe and in Italy, it is like it was never gone. There are several sides that have started the campaign strongly and a few that are yet to get going. Two sides that go largely under the radar in the Italian top flight come together in matchweek six as Atalanta make the trip to Fiorentina. They have both had decent starts to the new season as Atalanta sit one place and one point above Fiorentina in 9th.

STATS

  • Fiorentina would have ideally liked a better opening five games of the new campaign but with two wins and three losses, it could have been worse. A resounding 5-0 win over Verona is the highlight of their season while a narrow 1-0 loss to Juventus in their last match showed character and was ultimately unlucky.
  • As well as a fantastic start in the Europa League, Atalanta have started well in the league as well. Their two losses came at the hands of Roma and Napoli, two of the sides who will be fighting for the title. Their strongest performance so far this season came in their last match as they overcame Crotone 5-1 at home.
  • While Cyril Théréau may have signed for Fiorentina on deadline day, he has already scored three Serie A goals this term so far and will provide their main goal threat.
  • One player that has started this season the way he finished the last is Alejandro Gomez who already has three goals and two assists in the first five games.

HEAD TO HEAD

Atalanta have struggled against Fiorentina in recent years and haven’t beat their upcoming opponents in their last 10 league attempts. The last time they won was in 2012 with a 2-0 victory. The last two meetings between the two sides have ended goalless which contradicts the few games before that. In the four matches preceding the two goalless draws there were more than 3.5 goals in three of them. So it’s usually a fixture that produces goals.

Head to head matches: AC Fiorentina - Atalanta Bergamasca

05.03.2017 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca AC Fiorentina 0:0
16.10.2016 Seri ACF Fiorentina Atalanta Bergamasca 0:0

FIORENTINA NEWS

A win for Fiorentina would turn their poor start into a decent one and they have a great chance to add three points to their season tally. With no clear injury worries heading into the match, they have the best possibility of victory.

Latest matches: AC Fiorentina

20.09.2017 Seri Juventus Turin AC Fiorentina 1:0 L
16.09.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina Bologna FC 2:1 W
10.09.2017 Seri Hellas Verona AC Fiorentina 0:5 W
27.08.2017 Seri AC Fiorentina Sampdoria Genoa 1:2 L
23.08.2017 Club Real Madrid AC Fiorentina 2:1 L

ATALANTA NEWS

Atalanta could extend their strong start to the campaign with a third win of the season against Fiorentina. Similar to their opponents, they won’t be too worried about injuries before the clash. Only Joao Schmidt misses out for the visitors and isn’t expected to return until November.

Latest matches: Atalanta Bergamasca

20.09.2017 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca FC Crotone 5:1 W
17.09.2017 Seri AC Chievo Verona Atalanta Bergamasca 1:1 D
14.09.2017 UEFA Atalanta Bergamasca Everton FC 3:0 W
10.09.2017 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca US Sassuolo 2:1 W
02.09.2017 Club Atalanta Bergamasca Alessandria Calcio 4:1 W

SUMMARY

With two of the sides who should be fighting for Europa League places coming together at this early stage of the season, it is a match that could go either way. With home advantage, it has to be Fiorentina who are favourites but Atalanta have started stronger and shouldn’t be ruled out by any means. A high scoring match could be in order as the visitors will be waiting to counter attack while the hosts see most of the ball.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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