Atalanta and Sassuolo meet at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, in a match for the 38th round of Serie A. Atalanta won by (2-6) last time they met in this edition of the league, in 29 -12-2018. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 12/20/2017, in a match for the Coppa Italia that ended in the victory of Atalanta by (2-1). The goals of the match were scored by A. Cornelius (16 ‘) and Rafael Tolói (33’), for Atalanta, and Rafael Tolói (74 ‘Autogolo), for Sassuolo. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Atalanta presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 66 points won, after 19 wins, 9 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Genoa, by (2-1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Juventus, by (1-1). This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches Atalanta has won 5, tied 4 and lost 1, and has won 19 points out of 30 possible. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 37 matches played in this competition, he got the comeback in 6 of the 18 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Atalanta arrives at this motivated day, after a draw, by 1-1, in the displacement to the field of the Juventus champion: Ilicic was the author of the only goal of the team. In case of victory, the home club ensures the 3rd position in the qualifying table, an area that gives access to the Champions League next season. In this game against the fans, coach Gian Piero Gasperini must keep the team in 3-5-2, benefiting the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks, however, counterattacks are a very strong point of this team. Ilicic is one of the most dangerous players on the attack front of Atalanta, being very fast and competent in transporting the ball towards the attack. On the other hand, Duván Zapata is the best score of this team, with 22 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Hans Hateboer, suspended, apart from Rafael Tolói, injured.
After 9 wins, 16 draws and 12 losses, the away team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 43 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Torino, by (3-2). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Roma, by (0-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 3 wins, 9 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 24 suffered. In the last 10 away league matches Sassuolo has a record of 1 win, 4 draws and 5 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 30 possible. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 37 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 19 times and only managed 2 comebacks. In the last 18 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 19 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Sassuolo part for this game with a draw, zeroes, in the reception to Roma, adding the third meeting followed without winning in this competition. We emphasize that the visitors already guaranteed the maintenance in this Italian first division. Normally the trainer Roberto De Zerbi acts with four men in the defense, three in center of the field and three in the attack, being Djuricic the most advance man of the equipment. However, Berardi is one of the best gunners of Sassuolo, with 7 goals scored. The Italian Locatelli is one of the most important players in the style of game of the visitors, being owner of great technical quality and vision of game. For this game the coach can not count on Magnani, Peluso and Sensi, all with physical problems.