On Easter weekend it was time – Juventus had after the bitter Champions League out during the week still reason to cheer. In the duel against the arch-rivals, AC Fiorentina, the Old Lady from Turin prevailed 2: 1 and thus fixed also computationally the title win in the season 2018/19. In the highly Catholic Italy, Easter Sunday was free of play and thus almost the entire 33rd matchday was already on Saturday over the stage. The day ends on Monday evening with the duel between SSC Napoli and Atalanta Bergamo!
The hosts from Naples were only on Thursday in the Europa League in use and thus a game on Saturday was not possible. After the Ancelotti charges against the Gunners are the last games for Naples only a chore. The new runner-up is tangible with six points ahead of Inter Milan, with twelve points ahead of fifth, Napoli already has the CL ticket in their pockets. That’s exactly what Atalanta Bergamo should dream of. Should the Gasperini protégés prevail on Easter Monday at San Paolo Stadium (kick-off at 7pm), the Underdog would even climb to fourth on the table. But at the bookmakers Naples against Atalanta Bergamo is according to odds the clear favorite.
The Europa League quarter-final between SSC Napoli and Arsenal London promised a duel at the highest level. This clash would also have been conceivable in the premier class, but the Italians could not meet the high expectations of this game. Both in the first and second leg Naples was especially at the beginning of the game not on the pitch and had to accept early goals. After the 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium and the early goal to 0: 1 last Thursday, the game was eaten. Arsenal focused on managing the result, and the home side’s highly rated offensive found no real way.
The SSC Naples is just known for home strength. International, the Ancelotti team has defeated Liverpool (1-0) this season and reached a draw against PSG (1-1). Also in the domestic championship is the home strength with an 11-4-1 balance after 16 home games obviously. The only home defeat put it in the top match against Juventus. Accordingly, the favorite role is traceable. But with what motivation will the sky blue from Naples contest the last six competitive games of the season? The self-imposed goals were missed on both national and international stage. The Italians are facing a hot transfer summer, because the desire for title wins will probably not be possible with Napoli. Nationally Juventus Turin is almost invincible, internationally lacking in the crucial moments of quality.
The setback in the form of the Europa League Off and the current situation in the league – finally, the last six games are just a “chore” – between Naples and Atalanta Bergamo advised against a prediction on the home win. The home strength is impressive, but especially in the mental area, there are many question marks and without the necessary pressure to succeed, Naples could definitely experience a surprise in this game. Personnel must give up Carlo Ancelotti on Amadou Diawara; Raul Albiol is back in training, but will need a little time after a break of eight weeks. Although Napoli beat Atalanta Bergamo as their favorite for a win, the odds of doubles them to a home win in the event of success.
The Lombards of Gian Piero Gasperini convince in this season with a very offensive style of play and several goals. But in the last two games there was a zero number to see. After a goalless draw at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium against Inter Milan Atalanta Bergamo had to settle last Monday against the relegation candidate Empoli with a 0-0. The home side made no less than 34 degrees in the 90 minutes. Some high-carats were partially left negligent. Either the Lombards failed at their own goal water or outstanding goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski. A bitter loss of points in the face of the current table situation.
The Gasperini-Elf can be more than satisfied with the results on Holy Saturday. The direct competition each missed a win and thus Atalanta Bergamo could actually reach the Champions League fourth place on Monday night. Prerequisite for this is an away win in the Partenopei. Despite the two 0-0 games, the current form is quite impressive. In the last seven league games, the team each scored points (four wins, three draws). For almost two months, the Gasperini-Elf is unbeaten and has next Thursday also in the Coppa Italia the great opportunity to reach the final. After the 3: 3 draw in Tuscany against Fiorentina, the final is within reach.
34 shots on goal and no scoring are by no means satisfactory, but the number of shots on goal suggests the attractive style of play. At Naples, however, efficiency must certainly be increased. Given the strong shape of the visitors and the difficult mental situation for the home side, Napoli and Atalanta Bergamo even have a hint of winning away. Personnel, center-back Rafael Toloi will represent the only failure. The “Trio infernale” around Duvan Zapata (20 goals, five assists), captain Papu Gomez (six goals, nine assists) and Josip Ilicic (eleven goals, seven assists) can face problems with the Napoli defensive in any case. 64 goals this season are the second highest, only Juventus has taken more often (67). With an 8-3-5 away record, Atalanta Bergamo has even achieved a higher score on average than at home!