Atalanta Must Win to Keep Champions League Hope Alive
Atalanta qualified for the UEFA Champions League Group Stage in each of the last three seasons. That streak is at risk as the Nerazzurri currently sit in seventh place, eight points behind fourth.
That’s why they can’t afford to lose this Sunday in Reggio Emilia, however, Sassuolo won’t be easy prey. Prior to losing against Lazio, the Neroverdi went six straight games without losing. The reigning champions were among their victims.
If you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, the answer could be right here.
Sassuolo Dreaming About the Europa League
With seven games left, the Neroverdi are sitting in tenth place, nine points behind sixth. That’s the last place to grant a ticket for the UEFA Europa League. In other words, Sassuolo’s margin for error is tiny.
Last weekend, they lost 2-1 to Lazio despite making more shots. Domenico Berardi, the team’s top scorer with 14 goals, didn’t play due to a minor injury. Don’t worry, he’ll be ready for Sunday. Midfielder Maxime Lopez is also expected to return.
As mentioned before, prior to losing in Rome, Sassuolo built a six-game winning streak. During that span, the Neroverdi drew 2-2 to AS Roma and defeated Inter Milan 2-0 and Fiorentina 2-1. All three are sitting in a better position than Sassuolo.
The Neroverdi are a well-balanced team that scored in nine of its last 10 games. On the other hand, they finished with a clean sheet twice.
If we add a +235 price, I think Sassuolo deserves to be considered a really tempting soccer betting underdog, especially considering the game is being played at MAPEI Stadium.
Atalanta Has Another Option
Atalanta sits in seventh place, eight points behind Juventus, the team currently sitting in fourth place. If the season ended today, the Vecchia Signora would win the last ticket for the UCL.
Atalanta has another option to get there – winning the UEL The Nerazzurri are still in the race after getting a draw in the first leg of the Quarterfinals against RB Leipzig.
It is clear that winning the UEL is Atalanta’s main goal. This has caused them to neglect the domestic tournament a bit. Most recently, they lost 3-1 to Napoli despite winning possession and making more shots.
Curiously enough, the Nerazzurri have been a more productive betting online pick when playing on the road. They own a 10-3-2 record (4-6-5 at home).
If you were having doubts about Atalanta being the favorite at +115, don’t, the Nerazzurri deserve it. After all, we’re talking about one of the best defensive teams in the Serie A with 1.1 goals allowed per game.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 22
- Sassuolo Victories: 2 (19 goals)
- Atalanta Victories: 15 (49 goals)
- Draws: 5
Atalanta won their first meeting 2-1. All three goals were scored during the first half. Robin Gosens and Davide Zappacosta scored for the Nerazzurri, while Domenico Berardi did it for the Neroverdi.
Sassuolo hasn’t been able to defeat Atalanta in their last 10 encounters. The Nerazzurri own an 8-2-0 record and outscored the Neroverdi 31-10.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta Game Information
- Date: Sunday, April 10
- Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
- Location: MAPEI Stadium, Reggio Emilia
- Sassuolo vs Atalanta Live Stream: fuboTV
Sassuolo vs Atalanta Betting Lines
Sassuolo vs Atalanta Prediction
Atalanta may be a little distracted, but the Nerazzurri will always put up a good fight. On the other hand, Sassuolo has no other option.
The visitors’ attacking unit is led by Mario Pasalic, Duvan Zapata, and Luis Muriel. The three of them combined for 29 goals in all competitions. Regarding Sassuolo, Domenico Berardi isn’t the only one having a great season. Gianluca Scamacca has scored 13 goals. Therefore, I expect a highly entertaining draw and recommend you include it in your online gambling ticket.
Score Prediction: Sassuolo 2, Atalanta 2