Fiorentina and Atalanta go head-to-head at Stadio Artemio Franchi in a highly anticipated Serie A game on Sunday. You can live-bet on the Italian top-flight league action by using our sportsbook.
Fiorentina: Life Without Vlahovic
Fiorentina continues life without key striker Dusan Vlahovic, but his replacement, Krzysztof Piatek, did well to open his goal-scoring bag in the 2-1 win over Spezia. La Viola are one of the best home teams in the Italian Serie A, winning seven in 11 home games and scoring 29 goals. Despite playing in front of their fans, they enter this clash at +155 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
The hosts will meet Atalanta for the second time in 10 days after beating them 3-2 on the road in the Italian Cup quarterfinals with Piatek scoring a brace and substitute Nikola Milenkovic finding the late winner in the fourth minute of injury time. Fiorentina backed up this win, adding three more points in the domestic league, and they are now sitting eighth in the standings with 39 points picked up in 24 games. They are just seven points behind the Champions League spots, having a game in hand on fourth-place Juventus.
Each of the last 10 head-to-head games between these two teams saw at least three goals scored, while both outfits contributed on the scoreboard in nine clashes in the process. The hosts also managed to win the reverse match against La Dea, beating them 2-1 on the road. Overall, Fiorentina have enjoyed a positive run of results of late, having lost just once in six games across all competitions, winning four in the process. Surprisingly, they continue to play attacking football despite losing Vlahovic in the January transfer window, with Piatek proving to be a great replacement.
This game could go either way in terms of an outright winner, so it’s better to avoid the winners’ market and not to include it in your soccer picks and parlays. It’s important to note that manager Vincenzo Italiano should have a full squad from which to choose . Fiorentina scored in every home game except the 3-0 defeat to Lazio from two weeks ago.
Atalanta: Almost Perfect on Road
Atalanta is winless in their previous five domestic contests (league and cup games) but they managed to return to winning ways in the midweek Europa League action by beating Olympiacos 2-1 with Berat Djimsiti scoring a brace. Last weekend, they failed to maintain their one-goal lead, conceding the equalizer in the last minute of the game and dropping two points against Juventus.
The visitors will be without many key players. Miranchuk, Zapata and Palomino remain in the recovery room, while Ukraine international Ruslan Malinovsky returns to the starting XI after scoring a wonder goal in the draw with the Old Lady. Strangely, Atalanta are performing better on the road, being unbeaten in 12 away games, winning nine and netting 26 goals.
They will be looking to avenge the last two defeats against Fiorentina and also push further up in their quest for the Champions League spots. If you’re betting online, you should know there’s a draft of goals from their strikers with Luis Muriel and Jeremie Boga in poor form. But, Atalanta is fully packed with amazing players who can deliver when the pair is on a bad run. We expect an entertaining match and we will follow the goals’ trend.
Pick: Over 2½ and Both Teams To Score Yes (-110)