Atalanta vs Fiorentina highlights one of the key fixtures in this week of Serie A football. Atalanta has started the season admirably. They are currently in fifth place, earning six points in three games. However, they are coming off a 4-0 thrashing in their Champions League debut against Dinamo Zagreb. Fiorentina on the other hand have not been on the receiving end of domestic success this season. They are sitting above only Sampdoria in the league having collected one point in three games. Atalanta vs Fiorentina will feature two teams who need to bounce back from disappointing fixtures.
Atalanta vs Fiorentina Prediction & Match Preview
Sunday, September 22 – 12:00 EST – Gewiss Stadium
Atalanta played their first ever Champions League fixture on Wednesday. The result was a 4-0 away defeat to supposed group bottom dwellers Dinamo Zagreb. Atalanta may have been bemused by the occasion, they did not look like the same team who have done moderately well in Serie A this season. They face a difficult test at home to a hungry Fiorentina side who will be looking to reverse their early season misfortune. Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has not looked his best. It may be time for their manager Gasperini to test other options in goal. The defence has been lackluster and perhaps this is exposing the goalkeeper. Regardless, allowing ten goals in four games including their Champions League match is absolutely unacceptable.
Fiorentina have fallen behind early on in the season. They were a team many believed to be destined for success after many personnel changes. So far, manager Vincenzo Montella has not found a way to make it work. They can take comfort in knowing that their matches against top Italian clubs Napoli and Juventus went as well as expected. Although they lost the fixture to Napoli by a score of 4-3 on opening day, the fact that they found the back of the net three times is promising for this squad. They then went on to produce a 0-0 tie from the Juventus match. It takes a lot out of a club to keep Juventus from scoring and furthermore retain a point from the meeting. They need to find a way to mix their explosive offence and sound defensive quality in the same fixture.
OUR PICK: OVER 2.5 GOALS