The 19th round will be the last in the current calendar year in Serie A. As part of this round, Atalanta goes to one of the outsiders of the Italian championship – Genoa. For Gasperini’s team, this is a good opportunity to earn 3 points and close the gap with the leaders. The football match Genoa – Atalanta will start on December 21 at 22:45 UTC.
Andriy Shevchenko is trying to build a team of not the most high-class players. The Ukrainian specialist has only one victory in the cup match so far. But in Serie A, the statistics of griffins are depressing. Since the arrival of Shevchenko, Genoa have lost 5 matches, scored only one point and scored two goals.
Genoa has a big problem with goal-scoring. According to statistics, this is one of the worst teams in Italy – 19 goals scored. Even in the match with Lazio Shevchenko, of the positive moments, he singled out only his team’s goal:
The only positive moment in the match against Lazio is that we scored a goal. It is a pity that our inattention led to goals from the opponents. We were able to realize more of the moments that we created. Am I angry? We were able to better cope with the situations that arose. We could have reacted much better to the goals we conceded.
Similar problems have been associated with injuries. Genoa had several main players unavailable. Now they have begun to return to the squad, which has improved the game somewhat, but it is still far from being acceptable. The only bright moment is the victory over Salernitana in the Italian Cup, where the decisive goal was scored by Caleb Ekuban.
Gasperini’s team traditionally shows an unstable game. The Bergamasks are one of the most pressing teams in Serie A, but they often fail to realize their advantage. Also, due to the high intense pressure, opponents often get chances for counterattacking.
A striking example was the match against Roma. Statistically, Atalanta destroyed Jose Mourinho’s team, but lost 4-4, conceding the first goal in the first minute. Due to such a devastating start, Gasperini had to rebuild the team and release Luis Muriel on the field before the break. Muriel had a great November, his goal against the Young Boys was voted the best of November. But in December, the striker, frankly, fails.
Despite all the problems, Atalanta lost only 3 matches in Serie A. In the last 5 matches Gasperini’s team managed to win 4 victories, including over Juventus and Napoli. Meeting the current Genoa looks like an easy walk.
The match will be broadcast on one of the Match TV channels. You can follow the text version of the broadcast on the website flashscore.ru.
- Atalanta is the favorite of the match. The odds for the victory of the Bergamasks – 1.44, for the victory of Genoa – 7.7.
- Atalanta has the second attack in Serie A. Gasperini’s team have scored 38 goals.
- Genoa has one of the worst defenses in the Italian championship – 37 conceded goals.
- Statistically, Genoa is a very unpleasant opponent for Atalanta. In the last 5 matches, Atalanta managed to win only three times. But the shape of the griffins is awful right now.
- The forecast for the match is a victory of Atalanta with a handicap (-1.5) for 2.15.
Genoa main prediction – Atalanta