Atalanta will be back in action in Serie A this weekend, as they bid to get back to winning ways against Empoli. The hosts will also be looking to bounce back, as they were beaten in their previous fixture in the Italian top-flight last weekend.
Serie A Preview
The race for a European spot in Serie A this term looks set to be very competitive, which means that teams will be looking to avoid going on a run without a victory. Atalanta will face that pressure this weekend, as they sit just two points above Roma in the standings. They suffered a defeat for the first time in Serie A this term in their previous fixture.
However, their start to the campaign remains strong, as they had won seven of the ten games that they had played before defeat last weekend. But, the pressure will be on after their loss against Lazio last time out. Lazio went into a 2-0 lead early in the second half, and Atalanta frustrations were summed up in injury time as Luis Muriel was sent off.
Empoli’s aim for the season likely remains unchanged at this stage of the campaign, as they will still be targeting survival in Serie A this term. The Italian side has been short on wins already this season, as they have picked up just two victories from the eleven games that they have played. However, no team has been held to more draws in Serie A than Empoli.
The Italian side were beaten for the fourth time this term in their previous match, as they lost 4-0 on the road against Juventus. Empoli managed to record just four shots on target in that match, and they will need to be more defensively solid this weekend.
Empoli vs Atalanta Head to Head
Empoli has a fairly good record in this fixture, as they have lost just once in the previous four Serie A meetings against Atalanta. They were 1-0 winners against Atalanta in the previous meeting between the sides in May. However, this exact fixture last season was won 4-1 by Atalanta.
Empoli vs Atalanta Prediction
Empoli has already come up short against the bigger teams in Serie A this term, and it looks difficult to see them bouncing back against an Atalanta side that will be aware how important a victory is this weekend.
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