In the final match of the Serie A season, Atalanta, currently holding the fifth position, is set to host Monza, who are comfortably sitting in the tenth spot. The stakes are high for Atalanta, with Europa League qualification hanging in the balance. A victory would solidify their position, but a loss or draw could see them slipping into the Conference League, provided Roma and Juventus secure wins in their respective matches.
Atalanta’s Rocky Road
Atalanta’s journey towards the end of the season has been fraught with tension. Their recent 3-2 defeat against Inter Milan marked their third loss in the last four league matches, with a lone victory over Verona offering some respite. Despite these setbacks, Atalanta’s home record remains strong, boasting nine wins, three draws, and six losses in 18 matches at Gewiss Stadium. Their previous encounter with Monza resulted in a 2-0 victory, maintaining their unbeaten streak against this opponent in their last three meetings.
Monza’s Impressive Performance
Monza, on the other hand, has had a commendable season. As one of the three teams that ascended from Serie B last season, Monza has outperformed its peers and is set to finish mid-table. Their last match ended in a 1-0 loss to Lecce, snapping an eight-match unbeaten run that included five wins and three draws. Nevertheless, their away record is impressive, with seven wins, five draws, and six losses in 18 matches on the road. A win against Atalanta could secure them a top-half finish, and if Torino and Fiorentina falter in their matches, Monza could potentially end the season in the top eight.
Form and Statistics
Atalanta’s recent form has been shaky, with an average of 1.65 goals scored per match and 1.24 goals conceded. Monza, in contrast, has been steady, scoring an average of 1.24 goals per match and conceding 1.27.
Key Points and Prediction
Five of Atalanta’s last eight home matches have ended with both teams scoring. Monza, too, has a strong scoring record, with two or more goals in five of their last ten away matches. Given these statistics, our prediction is that both teams will score in this crucial match.
In conclusion, while Atalanta is the favorite and has much to play for, Monza’s recent form suggests they will not go down without a fight. This match promises to be anything but easy for Atalanta, and we anticipate a thrilling encounter.
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