Preview - Atalanta vs Sassuolo 27 May 19

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Match Day 38
Atalanta vs. Sassuolo
Monday, May 27th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.22
Top Scorer: Duván Zapata (22)

Last five matches form: D W D L D
Average goals per match: 1.41
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Top Scorer: Domenico Berardi & Khouma Babacar (7)

Nearly there now Atalanta. Just one more game to go in what was been an exceptional season for La Dea, and one which may just end in Champion's League qualification. Currently occupying third in the standings, Atalanta are certain to take their seat at Europe's top table should they beat tenth placed Sassuolo in this one.

Atalanta ran riot in the reverse of this fixture when routing Sassuolo 6-2. The game here last season also resulted in an Atalanta success. 2-1 the score-line on that occasion.

Rafael Tolói is out injured for the home side, whilst Hans Hateboer is suspended. Stefano Sensi, Giangiacomo Magnani and Federico Peluso are all out injured for Sassuolo.

Atalanta extended their unbeaten run in the league to twelve matches with an impressive draw at Juventus last time out. They have lost just one of their past eleven here at home, scoring two or more in seven of their last ten here.

Sassuolo haven't had all that much to play for for a while now, but have nevertheless remained tough to beat with just the one defeat in their past eight in the league. The have won four of eighteen overall away from home, but only one of their last ten - scoring more than once in only two of those ten games.

Atalanta are one of the most improved sides in the league this season, and having worked so hard to attain this position, we don't see them letting it slip here.

Prediction: Atalanta 3 - 1 Sassuolo


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  16 - 5
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 62% - 38%

Josip Ilicic was the sole Atalanta player booked in this. Rogerio and Gian Marco Ferrari of Sassuolo also had their names taken by referee Daniele Doveri, whilst Francesco Magnanelli was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 83rd minute.

Needing to win to make absolutely sure of Champion's League qualification, Atalanta made no mistake in the end. They did give supporters something of a fright when falling behind relatively early, but by close of play they ran out comfortable and thoroughly deserved winners on the day.

As mentioned it was the visitors who struck first in the 19th minute, and a lovely counterattacking goal it was too. Nice break down the right and the ball fed in to Alfred Duncan who backheeled into the path of Domenico Berardi who swept into the bottom left from around twelve yards out to the right hand side.

16 minutes later the home side were back on level terms.  A corner swung in from the left-hand side and pitching almost a yard out and right in front of goal. It took Duván Zapata a couple of stabs at it, but he eventually bundled the ball home. 1-1 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half Atalanta were well on their way to the Champion's League. Excellent patient approach play ending with Josip Ilicic firing at goal from just inside the area to the right. Gianluca Pegolo got down to make the save, but there was Papu Gomez to follow up and dink in the rebound from the right around seven yards out.

A one goal lead is always a little precarious and Atalanta duly made sure of the points in the 65th minute. Determined work form Gomez on the left to dink a cross to the back corner of the six-yard box. Mario Pasalic heading down and in to the right hand side. 3-1 final score.

Atalanta finish third at the end of a fine season. Sassuolo end their campaign in a respectable eleventh.

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