Sassuolo v Atalanta – Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore at 19:45 GMT +1
There’s a midweek card of action in Serie A that makes previewing the weekend’s matches a little tricky. However, Saturday night’s showdown between Sassuolo and Atalanta should prove to be a very watchable affair regardless with a goals-based angle of attack the most appealing play from Italy.
Sassuolo have established themselves as a top-flight club in recent seasons and registered a respectable mid-table finish in 2018/19. The Neroverdi came close to piercing the top-10 before downing tools in their final four fixtures and were a difficult team to overcome at their base in the Emilia-Romagna region.
Roberto De Zerbi’s attack-minded outfit were beaten only five times in front of their home fans with games often thrilling affairs at the Mapei Stadium. Matches averaged a huge 3.47 goals with almost half of their 19 Serie A outings producing Over 3.5 Goals profit. it’s been a familiar theme for Sassuolo this time around.
The Neroverdi have smashed Sampdoria (4-1) and Spal (3-0) in their opening two Mapei Stadium encounters and with the club remodelling their squad in the summer with headline arrivals Ciccio Caputo, Pedro Obiang, Jeremy Tolja and Hamed Junior Traore, there’s a mood of optimism surrounding Sassuolo.
Atalanta always entertain
Atalanta supremo Gian Piero Gasperini deserves immense respect for his role in guiding La Dea from mid-table obscurity into the Champions League, doing so on a budget, with one of Serie A’s most enjoyable styles of play. Few teams guarantee goals and entertainment as much as the Bergamo boys.
The Nerazzurri set-up with a unique 3-4-1-2 formation with full-backs pushing high and Papu Gomez and Josip Ilicic providing the ammunition for either Duvan Zapata or new recruit Luis Muriel in attack. The Colombian forwards offer pace and physicality in forward areas and are a platform for the side to build attacks.
Atalanta are mightily tough operators and are well-capable of causing Sassuolo countless concerns on Sunday. But the Bergamo outfit are far from flawless – as seen in the opening weekends of the season as they’ve struggled to defend set-pieces and shown a soft-centre which was evident throughout last term.
Goals on the agenda
Serie A has long since rid lazy clichés of Catenaccio-style football, batting back stereotypical assumptions of a boring, low-scoring league. Italy’s top-flight has largely been a thrilling division to follow over the past few seasons and 2019/20 is already shaping up to be a very watchable affair.
Both Sassuolo and Atalanta should feature towards the top end of neutrals list of teams to follow due to their forward-thinking styles and so Saturday night’s meeting between the pair should almost guarantee goalmouth action. Over 2.75 Goals has been chalked up at 1.80 and that’s a very backable price to follow.
Looking at the duos records since the start of last season, a collective 28/42 (67%) of their combined home/away games have produced Over 2.5 Goals with a massive 21/42 (50%) crossing the Over 3.5 Goals barrier, highlighting the appeal to support a high-scoring shootout at the Mapei Stadium.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 Goals at 1.800
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