Atalanta-Frosinone, Serie A Prediction
Atalanta finished 7th 4 points behind Milan which would mean they won’t play in Europe this season, but because of the winner of Copa Italia, they are part of Europa League again this year.. And during the previous season they finished 4th, which under the new rules would have allowed them to enter directly into the Champions League group stage. Gasperini’s team is now aiming the top spots again. They are in great shape and have eliminated Hapoel Haifa during the week in Europa League. But after three days, they have a match against Copenhagen in the playoffs to join the groups. Atalanta have only 1 loss in their last 17 games, and in their last 8, they have 7 wins and 1 draw. Their performance at home will be the main factor this season after the last season they recorded only four home losses, two of which were against Roma and Napoli. Zapata is the biggest name that joined Atalanta this summer.
Frosinone are the third team to enter Serie A after Parma and Empoli, but in the hard way with playoffs. However, they finished third and were probably the most deserved team rather than the rest. They missed two Serie A seasons, but now they are back with a hard visit against Atalanta. Besides, they are not in good shape and have only recorded 1 win in the last 7 games. Another important thing is that Frosinone rested for 2 months and played only one friendly match in the summer and last weekend they also got eliminated of Copa Italia. Frosinone have only one season in their history in Serie A and this is their second one. They have only 2 wins as a guest and three draws, the other games are losses. Now they are again expected to fight for survival this season.
Atalanta and Frosinone have no big history among themselves. In fact, they have only four games as Frosinone is yet to hit Atalanta’s net. The last match played on Stadio Atleti Azzurri finished 2-0 in favor of the hosts. The quality between the two teams is quite different and Frosinone is the big underdog here for sure. Atalanta play a lot lately having a game in each 3-4 days, which may be a problem because of the intensity and the fatigue, but they gain experience and good condition. Atalanta like to attack and play fast and dynamic style of football. We think they will start strong this game and our prediction is Atalanta to score first half at 1.55
Ilic is out for Atalanta