Atalanta will be aiming to book their place in the Conference League when they host Empoli at Gewiss Stadium on the season’s last day. There’s a great range of betting markets and props in our sportsbook for the top soccer leagues in the world.
Atalanta: Disappointing season
Atalanta have been one of Europe’s darling sides over the past few seasons. Led by Gian Piero Gasperini, La Dea have the most exciting squad in Italy. Their fast style of play, defense seamlessly joining attacks, and brilliant technical skills have seen them score almost 100 goals in Serie A last season. They even became the first side to qualify for the knockouts of the Champions League after losing their first three group games.
Atalanta finished third in Serie A for two seasons in a row playing in the Champions League, but this season they lost mojo. They underperformed in every competition. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are now sitting in eighth place after 37 games played, with Lazio, AS Roma, and Fiorentina all having an edge on them.. Lazio have already clinched a spot in Europa League. Roma’s Friday night game away at Torino could end Atalanta’s chances before a ball is kicked in their game if Jose Mourinho’s side wins.
The likelihood is that Gasperini’s troops will fight with Fiorentina-who are hosting rival Juventus-for the sole Europa Conference League spot, via seventh place in Serie A. Despite some great attacking firepower, Atalanta have struggled to keep clean sheets, having only one in their last seven Serie A fixtures.
Atalanta are strongly positioned to win their season’s final game. Where that leaves them in the battle for a European place, though, is to be determined by results elsewhere in the Italian top flight. Luis Muriel has joined the list of injury absentees for Gasperini in recent days, being forced off in the defeat at AC Milan this past Sunday. Duvan Zapata is set to replace him in attack in the hosts’ only likely starting change. Given Empoli’s recent form, we will include Atalanta in our soccer picks and parlays.
Empoli: No relegation
Empoli’s main objective for this season was to secure their Serie A spot for the next campaign, and they did just that. They’re sitting 14th in the standings, with 38 points in 37 games, nine points above the drop zone.
They’ve been scoring goals but must work to solve their defensive issues as there’s just about no other team as porous. They’ve surrendered 70 goals this season. Only relegation-threatened Salernitana has conceded more. The second half of the season went very badly for the visitors, with just one win in 2022. Empoli head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is still without long-term injury absentees Lorenzo Tonelli and Nicolas Haas for this game. The visitors look set to stick with an unchanged starting team from their 1-1 draw at home to Salernitana last out.
They’re an unpredictable team, pressing no matter the opponent. If you’re soccer betting, you should study this team and back them to find the back of the net in almost every single match starting next season.
Atalanta vs Empoli Head-to-Head
Atalanta managed to beat Empoli, 4-1, in the reverse fixture this season. Josip Ilicic scored a brace. Unfortunately, the Slovenian international is out for this clash. Atalanta has won three of their previous five mutual encounters between the two sides, scoring at least twice on each occasion. At least three goals on the scoresheet in three of the last five head-to-heads between the two sides. Strangely, Atalanta are performing better on the road than at home this term. At home, they’ve won just four of their 18 games, scoring 31 goals in the process. Empoli’s away record is decent, as they have won five of their 18 road games,with 21 goals.
Atalanta vs Empoli Game Information
- Game: Atalanta (16-11-10) vs Empoli (9-11-17)
- Location: Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo)
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 21th, 12:45 p.m. ET
- Atalanta vs Empoli Live stream: fubo.tv
Atalanta vs Empoli Betting Lines
Atalanta vs Empoli Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -440 on the three-way money line according to the latest soccer odds. The goal line is set at 3½.
Atalanta’s struggles at home mean we think the -2 spread is not realistic. Even the goal line is exaggerated, so there’s huge value on under 3½. We must dig deep for the best pick in this match.
What we know is that Empoli are scoring goals. They are playing on the front foot once again. Expect them to find the back of the net. Atalanta are fighting for a European position. They must give it all on the pitch, and leave many gaps at the back. Use our sportsbook and take advantage of our props. For our official pick, we will combine two markets.
Picks: Atalanta (-440) and Both Teams To Score (-160) at +99