Serie A Preview: Atalanta facing substantial threat from Fiorentina

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Updated: September 16, 2013
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Serie A supporters will never run out of a brilliant pitch displays. With online betting favorites like Fiorentina en route to another appearance in the tournament, spectators will surely have a good time watching great players score great innings. The aforesaid team will launch their fourth Serie A stint on September 21 and will visit the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia for a challenge against Atalanta.

 

Thus far, Fiorentina have never been defeated in their new season campaign, winning their curtain raiser against Catania 2-1 as well as defeating Genoa 5-2 in their second stint. The side, however, was held to a 1-1 draw at home after a late Cagliari equalizer ended their flawless commencement to the season. Both sides failed to score in the first half although Vicencenzo Montella’s team apparently dominated the meeting with plenty of opportunities they must have converted into goals.  In the 71st minute, Borja Valero finally scored a goal for his team. Fiorentina looked set to seize a third straight victory, but Cagliari’s Mauricio Pinilla stirringly headed Victor Ibarbo’s cross-in toward the final minute.

 

Atalanta’s three-match streak for the new season is not looking really gorgeous. They opened their campaign with a disappointing defeat from Cagliari 1-2. The side actually dominated the earlier part of the match, opening the scoring in the 27th minute via Stendardo, but was immediately equalized by Nainggolan’s goal just one minute after. Cabrera sealed Cagliari’s win in the 63rd minute. Atalanta might have dismayed their fans in their debut, but they were nevertheless able to redeem themselves in their second stint. Stefano Colantuono’s men trampled Torino with the only two goals scored in the match coming from them. In their most recent tourney, however, the side came back to their volatile mode, failing to score even just a single goal to lose their match to Napoli 0-2.

 

The past two matches between these teams saw Fiorentina winning both at home and away. Current table rankings also put Montella’s men in the dominant side, standing at number three against Atalanta’s 13th placement. Among other indicators, this match will heavily favor Fiorentina. A 3-1 tally may be scored by the conclusion of this match.

 

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