Two sides that are knocking on the door of the European places in Serie A will meet this weekend, with Atalanta and Verona both looking for a vital win in the league.
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Atalanta were one of the sides that got all the attention around Europe last season, as they defied the odds to reach the latter stages of the Champions League. Their defensive record has never been the best, and that has turned out to be their Achilles heel so far this season, as they have won just four of their eight games. They have already conceded 14 goals, which is the worst record in the top half of Serie A. However, going forward they are still a joy to watch, as they have hit the back of the net on 18 occasions already this season. There will be a need to get a result in this fixture though, as they are two points outside of the top four, and haven’t won in two league games. During that run of form, they have been held by Inter Milan and Spezia. It was a rare 0-0 draw in their most recent Serie A fixture, but that will not be the case again this weekend.
Verona are the opposite from Atalanta in a lot of ways, as they are a side that don’t score or concede many goals. They have conceded just seven goals so far this season, which is the second-best defensive record in the league. However, they have scored the 16th lowest number of goals. They will come into this fixture having lost their last game against Sassuolo. Verona dominated the possession in that game, but failed to make that stat count as they registered just three shots on target in the defeat.
Atalanta vs Hellas Verona Head To Head
These sides match up nicely in the head to head, as they have both won on three occasions in the past nine fixtures. Atalanta have won the last two fixtures at home against Verona, which includes the 3-2 win that they recorded last season.
Atalanta vs Hellas Verona Prediction
Atalanta have struggled over recent weeks to get a win, but they will likely fancy their chances in this fixture. They have the attacking players to break down this resolute defence, and if they are able to stay compact defensively, then they will get the three points that they need to put pressure on the teams in the top four.
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