Atalanta vs Napoli Soccer Predictions and Betting : The Serie A that started in the third week of September was paused for a while with the players departing for international duties. Almost all giant teams have got themselves to a healthy start with the mid field teams struggling to get their first win on the board.
On Saturday, Atalanta takes on Napoli in what looks like a close battle between the clubs to continue their winning streak. While Atalanta would be looking to maintain their top spot, Napoli would want to displace their rivals to go up in the competition. Overall, it will be a game where both the teams wouldn’t let go an inch for the other and with very little to separate the sides.
Atalanta vs Napoli Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Atalanta vs Napoli Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent Form
Napoli didn’t particularly have a good outing in the top tier Serie A with a 7th place finish but more than compensated it by winning Coppa Italia against Juventus in the final.
Their tour to Europe didn’t yield much of a success after qualifying to the round of 16 where they were literally blown away by Messi magic. It seems that 2020 is yet another season for them to make it count and they have so far done nothing wrong.
Looking at their recent form, Napoli have won 4 out of the last 5 games with their last defeat coming against Barcelona in UCL. They started off their Serie A campaign with a 2-0 victory against Parma and destroyed Genoa with 6 goals in what looked like a perfect performance from them. They have scored 16 goals in 4 games accounting to an average of 4 per game.
Atalanta had an all-round performance in 2019 season, but they weren’t able to win any major trophy. They finished 3rd in Serie A just behind Juventus and Inter Milan but were out of Coppa Italia in the pre-quarter finals.
Their performance in Europe was commendable with a quarter-final appearance in the Champions league with the eventual runners-up getting the better of them in the quarters. The team has won three out of the last five matches and have looked rock solid. They are now on top of the table with wins against Torino, Lazio and Cagliari with their 4th win on the cards on Saturday.
Atalanta vs Napoli Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Last 5 matches: Napoli – 2, Atalanta – 2, Draw - 1
Recent Meeting: Atalanta beat Napoli 2-0 in a Serie A fixture on 2nd July 2020.
Atalanta vs Napoli Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The Napoli will probably field a 4-2-3-1 that gives them a proper spread in terms of defense, possession and attack. On the other hand, Atalanta will go in with a 3-4-1-2 that can counter even the best of the sides.
The attack of Napoli is actually led by their lead scorer Dries Mertens even though Osimhen is the striker. The Belgium forward has scored 4 goals and assisted thrice with 2.5 shots on target and a 77.6% pass completion.
Osimhen who has just joined the side has 7 goals and 1 assist in his last 13 outings. He has a beautiful finishing touch and is great in aerial duels with 3.5 shots and 2.5 key passes per game.
Lorenzo Insigne will accompany him in the frontline who scored an important brace in the first game but failed to net in the second. He is someone who creates ample opportunities but is cited for inconsistencies. He has one and goal and an assist along with 82.6% pass accuracy.
The Atalanta attack has the services of Muriel and Zapata who will play as the strikers whereas the Gomez will be the attacking midfielder.
Duvan Zapata finally scored in the last game and has looked in good rhythm. The Colombian has a goal and 2 assists in three games along with 81% pass accuracy. He is exceptional in air and has 3 shots on target, 2 key passes per game so far.
Luis Muriel has been a great asset for the team with 5 goals and an assist in the last 8 games. Additional to that, he has 3 shots on target, 0.3 key pass and 0.3 aerials won per match.
Alejandro Gomez will have to repeat his heroics on Saturday who is at his peak with 4 goals and 2 assists in the recent past.
The Atalanta defense has looked strong but they would want to maintain a clean sheet for the first time this season. Cristian Romero leads the pack with 85% pass success and shows his quality in aerial duels with an average of 4 every game. He also has 2 interceptions and 2 clears per game so far.
Jose Luis Palomino has also looked incredible in the season with 2 assists in 2 games. Along with that, he has 82.8% pass accuracy and tackles well with an average of 1.7 per game and 2.3 clears so far.
Djimsiti will join them to provide the support for the duo to make sure that the team doesn’t concede. The Napoli backlines consist of center backs Koulibaly and Manolas along with Hysaj and Lorenzo who play at either extremes.
Koulibaly has been a lead player of this pack that helped them take a clean sheet in the last game. He has over 93% pass completion along with 2 tackles, 1 interception and 1.5 clears per game.
Kostas Manolas is one of the best players in aerial duels and controls the pace of the game pretty well. The Greece player has 100% pass success and wins at least 1 aerial per match along with 2 tackles per match.
It is important for someone like Hysaj to step up in high voltage game. He has quite missed crosses and is a loose tackler. He has 82% success in passes and 1.5 tackles per game.
Napoli vs Atalanta prediction and betting Summary
The clash between Napoli and Atalanta will be played on 17th October in the Stadio San Paolo at 3pm local time. This game is a pretty tough one to predict for the betting platforms which is seen in the narrow margins between the teams. This game can go either ways but Napoli seems to have the home advantage with the odds slightly better than that for Atalanta. Overall, it will be a treat for the football fans over the weekend.