Atalanta vs Napoli Betting Tips
Atalanta vs Napoli
Feb 21st 12:00
- Atalanta vs Napoli (Over/Under - Over 2.5)
- Atalanta vs Napoli (Both Teams To Score - Yes)
- Atalanta vs Napoli (Anytime Goalscorer - Muriel, L)
Atalanta and Napoli are on the outside looking in when it comes to Champions League qualification. The Bergamo-based club go into matchday 23 in sixth place while Napoli are one spot ahead of them in fifth. The clubs are level on 40 points with Gennaro Gattuso’s side ahead on goal difference.
The Partenopei suffered a shock defeat on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 game versus Granada in Spain. The defeat came just days after Napoli defeated Juventus in Naples 1-0. Gattuso’s problem has been inconsistency. Napoli are picking up wins but dropping points at a similar rate. On Sunday, Napoli will make the trek up north to play Atalanta, who are on a two-match unbeaten streak.
The Champions League places are extremely competitive in Serie A and both Atalanta and Napoli have their eyes on qualification for next term. The rivals also have an outside shot at the Scudetto as a mere 10 points separate them with Inter Milan, who play a derby fixture versus AC Milan on Sunday.
Atalanta and Napoli have met three times already this season in league and cup matches. Napoli thrashed Atalanta in Naples 4-1 in October. Their Coppa Italia semifinal two-legged series finished with Atalanta progressing to the final. Their first leg ended nil-nil before Atalanta won 3-1 in the second leg at home.
Atalanta vs Napoli Betting Odds
The home team are unbeaten in five straight games between Atalanta and Napoli in all competitions. La Dea will fancy their chances of getting a win at home when Gattuso’s side come to town. Atalanta have won back-to-back games against Napoli in Bergamo by a score of 5-1.
Atalanta took just nine points from their last 18 possible. They posted a +2-goal difference over the course of those games with nine goals for and seven against. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side won 1-0 away to Cagliari last weekend. Atalanta are at odds of 7/8 to win against Napoli for a third straight time at the Gewiss Stadium Gasperini has to prevent his side from looking ahead to next Wednesday’s huge Champions League last 16 first leg against Real Madrid in Bergamo.
Napoli are licking their wounds following Thursday night’s away 2-0 loss in Spain. Reports last week stated that Gattuso would be axed if Napoli lost to Juventus. The players rallied behind their coach and claimed a 1-0 win thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s second half penalty.
The Partenopei are at odds of 16/5 according to leading sportsbooks to claim a victory versus Atalanta. Napoli have not won in Bergamo since the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Atalanta have drawn the second-most games in Serie A with seven this season. The teams are at odds of 3/1 to draw.
Atalanta vs Napoli Team News
Gasperini has just one injury heading into the game as it stands. Hans Hateboer is suffering from a foot injury which will keep him out until March. The Dutchman has appeared in 17 Serie A games, scoring twice.
Gasperini will have the ability to call on a full-strength squad other than defender. With the first leg of the team’s last 16 tie with Real Madrid upcoming on Wednesday, the coach could rotate his side to keep key players from playing large portions of the game.
Gattuso has a long list of injuries going into the game on Sunday at the Gewiss Stadium. Hirving Lozano, Elseid Hysaj, and Konstantinos Manolas are all three ruled out of the match due to injury. The trio is not expected back until March. Dries Mertens could be passed fit to play after recovering from an ankle issue. David Ospina, Andrea Petagna, and Diego Demme are all doubts to play versus Atalanta due to their various injuries.
Napoli will resume their Europa League campaign on Thursday with a home tie versus Granada. Gattuso will need to focus his side on the task at hand on Sunday, however.
Atalanta vs Napoli Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 5/8 - BET NOW
Seven of the last 10 matches between these clubs finished with both teams scoring goals in all competitions. Their match in Serie A played in Naples earlier this campaign finished with both sides scoring. Napoli won that game 4-1. Atalanta won the teams’ recent Coppa Italia second leg match 3-1. With both teams seeking a place in the top four, goals could be scored in this one.
Luis Muriel to score anytime @6/5 - BET NOW
Luis Muriel scored the winner for Atalanta last weekend against Cagliari in the team’s 1-0 win. He has the hot hand going into the weekend with 13 goals in 20 Serie A matches. The striker has bagged 16 scores in 29 games in all competitions. Since December 20th, Muriel has been tearing up Serie A defences. He has nine goals in his last 11 games to go along with two assists. Muriel has scored in each of his last two matches.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 4/6 - BET NOW
Atalanta’s problem in recent weeks has been keeping leads. They have drawn the second-most games in Serie A no lead appears safe for Gasperini’s team. Atalanta were 3-0 up against Torino on matchday 21 before Il Toro mounted a comeback. The game finished 3-3. Last weekend was better from Gasperini’s charges as they won 1-0 against Cagliari away from home. Napoli are tough customers and despite their inconsistencies, will want to crack on from their 1-0 win against Juventus last weekend.
Seven of the last 10 games between Atalanta and Napoli ended with over 2.5 goals scored. That includes two of their three meetings this season. Four of Napoli’s last six matches in Serie A finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Atalanta saw three of their last five games in Serie A end with over 2.5 goals scored.
Both sides have big European fixtures upcoming, but need to keep pace with their Italian rivals on Sunday. The need to keep pace with Juventus, Roma, and Lazio should see Atalanta and Napoli go out and score goals.
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