Fiorentina vs. Atalanta Preview: Fiorentina And Atalanta Collide In A Nerve Wrecking Battle

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Updated: February 6, 2014
Fiorentina-Mario Gomez

A frustrated Fiorentina face a motivated Atalanta in an epic encounter that will bring tremors of joy and disappointment in Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina may be the online betting favorite, but Atalanta could readily repeat their shocking Napoli win. 

 

Match Date: 08 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Artemio Franchi

 

Team Form

Fiorentina

Vicenzo Montella perceives criticisms as a crucial factor towards the club’s maturity. This was after suffering two (2) consecutive defeats.

 

The Viola’s impressive run was halted by a narrow defeat to Cagliaria in the domestic league and just recently a loss to Udinese in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semis. A series of missed chances and uncertain movements in the pitch have readily caused a toll in the club.

 

Nevertheless, the upcoming matches foresee a favorable result for Montella and his men as these will be played in their territory. One can expect the club to exploit their home court advantage as they strive to make it to Coppa Italia’s last salvo and earn more points to secure yet another appearance in the European competition next season.

 

In terms of their team form, the lost to Cagliari was simply their first in their last six (6) matches. Against Atalanta, history has it that the Viola have  managed to score at least two (2) goals in all their encounters.

 

Meanwhile, Massimo Ambrosini is doubtful if he can participate in the next match as he is suffering from Achilles tendinitis.

 

Ante Rebic is also sidelined due to an injury and so is Alberto Aquilani, who is expected to be out for a few weeks after enduring a Grade 1 hamstring during the Cagliari match.

 

But then again, on the brighter side of life, Nenad Tomovic is already recovering from a knee sprain, while the former Bayern Munchen striker, Mario Gomez  has already resumed in training and is expected to feature in the Atalanta face off.

 

Atalanta

After an upset from Torino, the Nerazzurri is back with a vengeance. Much to the surprised of many, Atalanta took their disappointment against Serie A giant, Napoli. Stefano Colantuono and his men went into a successful thrashing of the club, which resulted to a 3-0 victory.

 

Atalanta’s renewed confidence is a deadly one. They may have loss to Fiorentina for several times, but the win against Napoli foresees an impending disappointment.

 

Yet, in order for them to do that, they must look into their away form. The club were unable to score in five (5) of their last seven (7) away matches. Moreover, they suffered defeat in six (6) of them. But as mentioned, they can readily be inspired by their noteworthy Napoli victory.

 

Prediction: Fiorentina

A close match is about to take place with Fiorentina exploiting their statistical advantage over the visitors. But Atalanta shall not make things easy for the host as they try to enter the league’s top 10.

 

 

Image Source:  Sports Illustrated