Verona vs Atalanta by Enzo
Even though Verona is in a must win situation in every single game due their difficult table position, the team could be satisfied with a point taken away to Torino in a goalless game last weekend. Their hosts were much better, have dominated with the ball possession and chances created, but the visitors looked rather well in defensive lineup and managed to snatch a point.
The game itself wasn't that interesting with only couple of good moments, with both teams trying with long balls, while they both looked more defensive towards the end of the game. This game was third consecutive draw for Verona, team that remains at the rock bottom position of Serie A with only eleven points earned so far (0-11-11 record), denying a victory from the start of the season while they can't hope for a much better near future, since the side has twelve points less than safely placed Sampdoria. Verona should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Toni upfront and Gomez as his support as offensive midfielder. Emil Hallfredsson has moved to Udinese, which means Luca Marrone should be playing from now on in midfield. Central defender Samuel Souprayen (17/0) is injured, same as central midfielder Federico Viviani (11/1). Forward Ante Rebic is doubtful, but anyway didn't compete much this season for Verona.
Now we can say Atalanta entered poor form, since the team remains winless for seventh consecutive match. At least, they are now having three draws in a run, coming from a 1:1 draw at home against Sassuolo, in comparison to four defeats prior these draws.
However, the team was much better than visitors from Sassuolo and surely deserved something more from the match, but however have missed some crucial chances. Visitors took the lead in 27th minute via Berardi, while Atalanta leveled up the result five minutes later via Denis. They had some chances in second half, but weren't concrete enough in order to completely revert the scoreline. Still, the team is near the middle of the table, having eight points less than relegating worried sides so they might approach this one a bit more relaxed. Atalanta should stick with their usual 4-3-3 formation with Diamanti, Gomez and Borriello as forwards. After the departure of German Denis, newly signed Alessadro Diamanti and Marco Borriello are set to play from the first minute. Midfielder Carlos Carmona (8/0) is injured, same as central defender Gabriel Paletta (15/0). Defender Rafael Toloi is doubtful, but with chances to play.
My impression is that Verona is slowly saying goodbye to Serie A, especially when we look at the behavior of their club management regarding transfer movements. Atalanta isn't sure favorite in this one, but still have shown much more during the whole season and surely remains as a side that should be able to score here easier. One way or another, I don't see a home victory here.