Atalanta v Empoli Preview – La Dea host Empoli in final league match of Serie A campaign
It’s a trip to the Gewiss Stadium for eighth placed Atalanta on Saturday, as they take on fourteenth placed Empoli.
Atalanta have so far accrued 59 points in this season of the Serie A
With a win in their previous game, (2-0) against AC Milan, Atalanta will likely be in a positive frame of mind.
Also, Atalanta will be hopeful of shaking off the poor form that has seen them lose one game this Serie A season. With 59 points (16W, 10L and 11D), they are established in eighth position in the League having won 16 games, drawn 11 meetings, and lost 10 fixtures.
Playing at home, Atalanta have won four matches, drawn eight games, and lost six fixtures.
Atalanta will have 62 points if they manage to secure a victory.
Good Attacking Performance
They have a good scoring rate of 65 goals (63 from open play and two penalties). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Luis Muriel (5), Mario Pasalic (5), and Teun Koopmeiners (3). Atalanta have conceded 47 goals.
Gian Piero Gasperini will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of five of his Atalanta players.
Empoli go into this game with 38 points secured
Aurelio Andreazzoli’s men were held to a disappointing draw against Salernitana in their last fixture, he will be keen to improve on that in this game.
Also, league success is all about winning football matches, any way you can, so 10 losses in 19 fixtures would not make this a successful season for Empoli. They currently stand fourteenth in the League, with 38 points for a total of 9 wins, 17 losses and 11 draws having won nine meetings, drawn 11 matches, and lost 17 fixtures.
Empoli’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Atalanta. In the 18 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won five games, drawn six fixtures, and lost seven meetings.
Victory for Empoli would take their points tally to 41 so far this season.
Injury and illness have depleted Aurelio Andreazzoli’s Empoli and they will likely be missing four key personnel for Saturday’s match.
Atalanta v Empoli – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels both clubs have previously faced each other 21 times with the record being seven wins and nine draws for Atalanta. Also, the two teams have drawn five of the last seven games played between them. In their most recent meeting of this fixture was October 2021 and the score line ended up with a 1-4 away win for Empoli.
Other players of note for Atalanta are Mario Pasalic and Teun Koopmeiners with five goals and three goals respectively and for Empoli are Andrea Pinamonti and Szymon Zurkowski with six goals each.