Serie A – Season Continues – Empoli v Atalanta on Match-day 12

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Serie A action on Sunday as Empoli and Atalanta meet at Carlo Castellani – 12:30pm GMT.

With Champion’s League positions always a key motivation, fourth placed Atalanta remain in contention as they travel to twelfth placed Empoli.

Empoli arrive at this match, having secured 11 points so far this season

With Empoli having secured all three points on their two previous outings, Paolo Zanetti’s men will doubtless be looking to retain their run after this fixture.

Also, with five draws in 10 matches, Empoli need to develop a strategy for getting over the line in games. With 11 points (2W, 4L and 5D), they are established in twelfth position in the League having won two matches, drawn five meetings, and lost four games.

When Empoli host Atalanta, they will do so on the back of one victory, two draws, and two defeats on their own ground.

Victory for Empoli would take their points tally to 14 so far this season.

Paolo Zanetti could be missing up to three of their players through injury or illness for the game on Sunday.

Atalanta have 24 points to their name, going into this tie

Only a positive result will be acceptable for Gian Piero Gasperini’s men, following their recent home defeat at the hands of Lazio in their last match.

Also, Atalanta keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 11 meetings is astonishing this season and they are looking worthy of the aspiration to qualify for Champion’s League football. With a fourth position in the league and 7 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws, they currently have 24 points in the League having won seven games, drawn three fixtures, and lost one game.

Atalanta have won four meetings and drawn one game of their five League matches away from home this season.

Winning this fixture will see Atalanta on 27 points.

A solid defensive team

Atalanta have shown a solidity in defence, having only conceded eight goals in their previous games. This has been an average season so far, in terms of performance and entertainment, even though they have delivered a decent rate of goals (16). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Teun Koopmeiners (4), Ademola Lookman (4), and Rafael Toloi (1).

Atalanta’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Gian Piero Gasperini, ahead of this Sunday’s fixture against their opponents.

Empoli v Atalanta – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels the clubs have already met each other 22 times with the tally being seven victories and nine draws for Empoli. Additionally, the two teams have drawn five of the last seven games played between them. In their most recent meeting of this fixture was May 2022 and the score line ended up with a 0-1 away win for The Goddess.

Other standout players for Empoli are Filippo Bandinelli and Sam Lammers with two goals each and for Atalanta are Teun Koopmeiners and Ademola Lookman with four goals both.