Pescara vs Atalanta by Enzo
Pescara continues their poor streak and form, since the team comes from a 3:1 deserved defeat away from home against Udinese last weekend. It looked like the home side completely knew what they wanted on the field and were much more serious, handling the opponent more then fine. They opened up the game in the best possible way with a goal from penalty kick in nineth minute taken by Thereau.
From that moment on, the team left the ball possession to Pescara and were searching for their chances with fast ball movement and counter-attacks, which they exploited well later on. Thereau scored the second goal in 71st and even though the visitors reduced deficit three minutes later via Aquilani, Zapata sealed the victory from another penalty in third minute of additional time. Players of Pescara didn't have that poor game, but they once again showed plenty of naivity in their reactions as well as the fact that their defensive lineup is nowhere close to Serie A level. After this defeat, the team remained at seventeenth position with seven points, only victory being 3:0 awarded game away to Sassuolo.
Home side should be playing in 4-3-2-1 formation with Caprari as central striker, but also with Brugman and Benali as offensive midfielders. Doubtful for this match are forward Rej Manaj and midfielder Valerio Verre, but with chances to recover. Central defender Norbert Gyomber (4/0) continues to be injured.
After a bit of slippery start, players of Atalanta are looking better and better as the season progresses. In the most recent game, they managed to get a 2:1 home victory over Inter last weekend, in one of the best performances of Atalanta players this season. They opened up the game in tenth minute with a goal from Masiello and overall continued to looked better till the rest of the game.
Visitors managed to level up the scoreline in 50th minute via Eder, but the hosts deserved celebrated three pointer with a goal from Pinilla in 88th minute from penalty kick. This was third victory for Atalanta in last four matches, managing to defeat Napoli and Crotone, while they stood undefeated away to Fiorentina in between. Surely record that even much better teams can't expect to have that easily. The team is now at nineth position with just two points less than European placed Torino and in case the team continues to perform like this, they might be able to fight for way higher positions.
Visitors from Bergamo will be playing in 3-5-2 formation with Gomez and Petagna as strikers for this one. Central defender Rafael Toloi (8/0) is injured with muscular problem and will probably be replaced with Abdoulay Konko.
- Atalanta are undefeated in their last 11 matches against Pescara.
Pescara comes from yet another disappointing performance and I can definitely see visitors from Bergamo getting away with a victory here. Visitors are doing better and better after their slow start and knowing that they have showed much more in the season so far, with their chances being way bigger than what the odds suggest.