Crotone vs Atalanta by Enzo
Crotone did well to get a victory away from home against Verona earlier in January, but also in a 1:1 draw at home against Cagliari, however their point taken on the road against Inter last weekend surely wasn't expected when the team managed to pull out a precious draw.
Inter took the lead in 23rd minute with a goal from Eder and even though Crotone deserved the equalizer via Barberis and a point, players of Inter are only one to blame since they failed to impress further and seal the victory and that second goal.
The side now remained just above the relegation zone being currently at seventeenth position with three points more than relegating placed Spal and probably their destiny will be decided in last weeks of the Serie A competition later this year.
Crotone should be lined up in 4-3-3 formation with Nalini, Trotta and Ricci as forwards. Right back Mario Smpirisi (21/0) and forward marco Tumminello (4/1) should be only injury concern for the home team.
Atlanta comes from their second consecutive victory in Serie A, as the side previously cruised away from home against Sassuolo in impressive 3:0 victory, but have also managed to pull out a three pointer in front of own fans against Chievo in a 1:0 victory.
They expected an easy victory actually and dominated for the most of the clash, probably even deserving a three pointer with a higher goal margin, however weren't as efficient as usually. Only once they increased the tempo in the second halftime a goal came, back in 72nd minute via Mancini with the visitors from Verona having no real weapon to respond back.
With this victory Atalanta remained in touch with the Euopean positions, being now at seventh place with two points less than Europa League placed Sampdoria and continues to be in a must win situation if they are to challenge for it even more seriously.
Visitors should continue in their 3-4-2-1 formation with Petagna as central striker, plus Gomez and Ilicic as his offensive support. Defender Mattia Caldara is doubtful for this one. They await Europa League clash next midweek, but will field up their strongest eleven.
- Atalanta have won their last 4 away matches (Serie A).
Players of Atalanta have shown so much more during the whole season, plus there is some certain individual quality that speaks in their favor. Hosts are making some progress under manager Zenga, but the visitors are looking way too serious as a side for them this time and are obviously benefiting from lack of pressure when playing on the road.