Preview - Atalanta vs Torino 02 September 19

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Match Day 2
Atalanta vs. Torino
Monday, September 2nd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Gewiss Stadium

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.03
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.21
Top Scorer (18/19): Duván Zapata (23)

Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.97
Top Scorer (18/19): Andrea Belotti (15)

Atalanta were probably the surprise package in Serie A last season, with the club finishing in a fantastic third place and heading into the Champion's League. They will be looking to prove last season to be no fluke this year, and this weekend sees them play their first home game of the season as last seasons seventh placed finishers, Torino, come calling to the Gewiss Stadium.

Torino actually head the edge between the sides last season - coming away from this game with a goalless draw, and beating Atalanta 2-0 in the reverse fixture.

Both sides began the season with a win - Atalanta coming out on top by the odd goal in five at SPAL, and Torino beating Sassuolo 2-1 at home.

Atalanta were fairly solid at home last season, only losing four of 14. They have scored two or more goals in eight of their past eleven Serie A fixtures in front of their own fans, and only conceded more than once in four of 19.

Torino had one of the most remarkable away records in the division last season, with no fewer than 13 of their fixtures on the road ending in a draw. They only lost twice on their travels all season.

Both sides began the season well enough and this has the look of the type of tight encounter in which Torino specialise. Draw.

Prediction: Atalanta 1 - 1 Torino


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  26 - 10
Shots on target: 9 - 5
Corner Kicks: 12 - 5
Possession: 58% - 42%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with Hans Hateboer and Marten De Roon of Atalanta and Alex Berenguer and Diego Laxalt of Torino being the men to have their names taken by referee Daniele Doveri.

Atalanta must be asking themselves how they managed to lose this one. Comfortably clear in possession, corners, total shots and shots on target, they were nevertheless behind on the only metric that really matters - the scoresheet. Torino for their part hung in there at times and proved much more clinical with the opportunities that did come their way.

It was Torino who took the lead in the 24th minute. A short corner from the right played to Daniele Baselli who then played in the cross. Kevin Bonifazi rising highest eight yards from goal and in a central area to plant a firm header into the left-hand side.

Atalanta drew level seven minutes before the break. Nice passing through midfield seeing Mario Pasalic driving towards goal and playing in Duvan Zapata in the right of the area. Excellent first-time drive of a finish into the bottom left from Zapata from around 14-yards. 1-1 at the break.

Nine minutes into the second half the hosts edged ahead. Great display of skill, determination and strength from Zapata. Spinning his man in midfield, racing into the left of the area, outmuscling and turning his marker before firing in through the keeper's legs at the near post from 12-yards.

Atalanta only managed to hold onto the lead for three minutes though. Nice one-two between Alex Berenguer and Soualiho Meite on the left, ending with Berenguer played in in the left of the area and finishing into the right-hand side from a fairly tight angle around six yards from goal.

The winner came just nine minutes later. A Baselli free kick from deep on the left making its way over everyone, other than Armando Izzo arriving beyond the back post to nod into the left-hand side from five yards or so.

2-3 final score.

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