Preview - Atalanta vs Torino 22 April 2018

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Apr 22, 2018, 07:58 PM Last Edit: Apr 23, 2018, 06:21 AM by Harry85
Match Day 34
Atalanta vs Torino
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzuri d'Italia


Atalanta: 
Last five matches form: W L D D W
Average goals per match: 1.52
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Josip Ilicic (10)


Torino:
Last five matches form: W W W D D
Average goals per match: 1.42
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: Iago Falque (11)


Atalanta welcome Torino to the Stadio Atleti Azzuri d'Italia on Match Day 34 in Serie A as they bid to keep up their push for European football next term.


Currently just two points adrift of sixth placed AC Milan - who amazingly lost at home to Benevento yesterday - a win here will see Atalanta move up into a European qualifying spot. The prospects of such a win have undoubtedly been affected by injuries here though. Winger Leonardo Spinazzola and, most significantly, top scorer Josip Ilicic both miss out leaving Musa Barrow to plough a lone furrow up top.


Seven points adrift of sixth, Torino don't have much prospect of European football but they do arrive here in good form having arrested a four game losing streak by winning three and drawing two of their last five in Serie A. The visitors are significantly weakened down their right-hand side here though with both right back Lorenzo De Silvestri and right sided midfielder Daniele Baselli missing out through suspension. Lyanco and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic remain out through injury.


Atalanta played well in the reverse fixture, being marginally the better side in a 1-1 draw in Torino and should have the greater motivation here. The combination of Ilicic's injury and Torino's solid form at present though suggest that this may well end in a draw.



Prediction: Atalanta 1 - 1 Torino

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 22 - 10
Shots on target: 8 - 1
Corner Kicks: 11 - 4
Possession: 54% - 46%

Two bookings apiece here, with referee Gianluca Aureliano showing the yellow card to Mattia Caldara and Marten De Roon of Atalanta and Cristian Daniel Ansaldi and Emiliano Moretti of Torino.

Atalanta were certainly up for this one as they played Torino off the park and were value for more than the one goal winning margin.

The home side dominated the opening period registering a total of ten shots to their opponents two. Torino made it into the break on level terms though as the home side failed to make their advantage pay.

The concerted pressure did finally pay off in the 53rd minute though. Musa Barrow directing the ball into the box and Remo Freuler heading home.

Having worked so hard to gain the lead, Atalanta then surrendered it within three minutes. An excellent through ball from Simone Eldera providing Adem Ljajic with an excellent opportunity. One which he didn't pass up 1-1.

What turned out to be the winner came in the 64th minute. Determined play from Alejandro Gomez, taking the fight to the Torino defence before playing the ball to Robin Gosens for an easy tap in.

This was disappointing from Torino who had been playing well recently but could muster just the one shot on target here. A lot of that has to do with how well Atalanta played as they weren't in any mood to be denied today.

A big three points for Atalanta who take full advantage of AC Milan's slip up yesterday to move up into the final Europa league qualifying spot.

Torino stay tenth and destined for nothing better or worse than mid-table obscurity this season.





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