Sunday’s final game of Serie A saw third-place Atalanta host Bologna. A point at Roma was enough to keep Atalanta in third as they have a better goal difference to champions Juventus. Bologna won three and drawn one of their last six fixtures to climb to eleventh in the standings.
Atalanta nearing a third successive UCL spot
The whole purpose at the start of the season is to qualify for Champions League once again. However, Atalanta is always up for surprises. In a season where they lost the wizard Papu Gomez, they hardly blink as the good form continues, thanks to coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Their Champions League campaign is also memorable. They managed to beat Liverpool at Anfield and got the better of Ajax, who qualified to the semifinals two seasons ago. They made it into the knockout stage once again, where they lost to record champions Real Madrid.
The recent weeks have seen Atalanta as the second-best in-form club in Italy after Inter as they now sit in third place. The game at Roma on Thursday was full of thrill as both sides finish with ten men. Atalanta denied a sixth consecutive win, but the league leaders remained the only club to beat them in Serie A since the end of January.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 19:45 on Sunday 25th April 2021 and will be available to watch on William Hill.
Bologna in fine form at the final weeks of the season
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side is now clear of relegation scare. Their recent form played a huge part in the chance to finish the season without panic. Bologna collects ten points since they lost at vastly improving Napoli last month.
They won back-to-back games for the first time in 2021 against Sampdoria and Crotone. Bologna scored three goals in both games as the attacking output improved in the crucial part of the season. They only managed to do so on only four occasions in the previous 26 rounds.
Challenging games against Roma and Inter meant Bologna collected no points, but they bounced back with four points from their last two games. A solid 4-1 win against Spezia followed by a respectable draw against Torino. They are starting to get points in the race to avoid the drop.
One win in ten for Bologna against Atalanta
Bologna only managed a single win from their last ten games against Atalanta, but overall, they have the superior record. It came in the midpoint of last season before COVID-19 created havoc to football and, well, everything. The reverse fixture ended 2-2 as it was one of the games Atalanta squandered a comfortable lead.
Atalanta & Bologna Team News
Dutch international Hans Hateboer is yet to return to the side after his knee injury.
Bologna miss a host of players, including Takehiro Tomiyasu, who scored in the reverse fixture against Atalanta. Federico Santander, Aaron Hickey, Nicolas Dominguez and Gary Medel are the other players whose services won’t be available for Mihajlovic’s side on Sunday.
Atalanta to challenge Milan for the second spot?
If they won at Roma, Gasperini’s side would’ve been second in the standing. The difference between Milan and Atalanta is just a single point. At the same time, Juve sit third, only trailing the latter on goal differential. A win here would consolidate their Champions League aspiration as they don’t need to give Napoli and Lazio an opening.
|Atalanta to win||9/25 (1.36)||Novibet|
|Over 3.5 total goals||6/5 (2.2)||Paddy Power|
|Luis Muriel to score anytime||9/10 (1.9)||Unibet|