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How High Can Atalanta Finish this Season?

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By Football Italiano

Wednesday 13 February 2019

With Juventus well clear at the top of the Serie A table, it would be easy to dismiss the Italian top flight as boring and uncompetitive. But, as anyone who has been following the league can attest to, this season has produced some great games of football and some intriguing dynamics.

Napoli are again proving to be the best of the rest, while the two Milan clubs are desperately trying to claw their way back to relevance. In Rome, Lazio are still in the hunt for a top-four finish – a target they blew in the final game last term – while last year’s Champions League semi-finalists, Roma, are struggling to live up to their own high standards.

There are just three points separating fourth and eighth place, and at least three other clubs could put themselves in contention for a top-four finish with a decent run. But, of the teams in the top half of the table, it is Atalanta who are catching the eye.

Quietly impressive
As of February 7, the team from Bergamo are sat in fifth place in the table, just a point behind the might of AC Milan. They are one of only three teams to have taken a point from Juventus in the league this season and became the first domestic side to beat Max Allegri’s men since April, cruising to a 3-0 victory in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia. With Atalanta's consistent ability to claim points from odds-on favourites, experts on social betting platforms like betconnect hotly debate whether betting in favour of Atalanta against giants like Juventus will yield the best football bet of the day. With the Orobici currently being the league’s highest goal scorers with the third-highest goal difference, Atalanta are looking like a better prospect for bettors with each passing game.

After a typically slow start to the campaign, La Dea are unbeaten in 2019 and are playing some of the best football in the division. After returning to the top flight in 2011, their steady progress yielded a fourth-place finish in 2016/17. Unfortunately, Serie A was not handed a fourth Champions League berth until a year later; however, they enjoyed a memorable Europa League campaign that included a 1-5 away demolition of Everton.

Gasperini thriving in adversity
Amongst all this, Coach Gian Piero Gasperini has had to cope with losing his best players on a regular basis, relying on youngsters from their highly rated academy and experienced veterans to keep themselves at the business end of the table. Last season, they used a total of 22 players in the first 11 matches alone and rotated heavily in the Europa League, where they topped their group before being narrowly beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the first knockout round.

Despite focussing so heavily on the Europa League, Atalanta still managed a seventh-place league finish last term with a squad that turned few heads on paper. This season, they fell at the first hurdle in Europe and have remained fully focused on domestic duties.

With all this in mind, there are plenty of reasons to feel Atalanta’s momentum could carry them to another top-four finish. With huge pressure mounting on Inter Milan and Roma, the free-scoring side from the north might just sneak up on the rails.

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