Italian football fans will be treated to a blockbuster game this Saturday to kick-off Matchday four. For this one, Napoli welcome Atalanta to the San Paolo, with both teams intent upon maintaining their 100% record. Which side gets the win in this Serie A classic?
Both teams are pretty much on par with regards to their head-to-head record over the last 26 matches. Napoli is ahead with 11 wins compared to the Orobici's 10. We expect goals to fly in this Saturday with three of the last four games ending in over 2.5 goals. However, it is to be noted that Atalanta is unbeaten in the last three games against their opponents.
Controversy booms over the Naples-based side
Napoli was on the wrong end of a controversial decision made by the Italian FA last season. With two active coronavirus cases in their team, they were unable to travel to Turin last weekend. As a result, the home side-for not turning up at the Allianz- was awarded a 3-0 win over Gattusso's boys. What's more, Napoli was penalized with a one-point deduction for failing to show up.
Atalanta doing what they do best
Atalanta have started the new season exactly where they left off last season. The Orobici are one of the two teams still with a 100% record after three games- Milan being the other. Without a shadow of a doubt, they have been the most exciting team in Italy for quite some time. It is left to see whether they can push for the Scudetto this season.
Atalanta will take some stopping this season, having scored at least four goals in their opening three games. They put five past Cagliari in their previous game as they marched on to the three points. Muriel's early goal in the 7th minute set the tone but Lammers rounded up the scoring as the home side ran out 5-2 winners.
Napoli vs Atalanta Team News
Elmas and Zielinski are both ruled out for this one with the duo testing positive for the coronavirus. Caldara and Piccini are amongst the injured for the away side.
Napoli possible starting XI:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Hysa;, Diego Demme, Fabian Ruiz; Lozano, Merens, Politano; Osimhen
Atalanta possible starting XI:
Sportiello; Djimsiti, Romero, Palomino; Hateboer, de Roon, Pasalic, Gosens; Gomez, Zapata, Muriel
Napoli vs Atalanta Prediction: 1-2
Napoli will be keen on silencing the doubters following that controversial loss last weekend. The League leaders, on the other hand, are in sparkling form and will be heading into this game brimming with confidence. For this one, we believe punters will find value in backing Gasperini and his troops. However, to reduce risk, Atalanta win or draw should be considered.