Hellas Verona are set to play Atalanta on Sunday in Serie A action at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.
Hellas Verona come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Sinisa Mihajlovic's Bologna in their most recent game. A first-half goal from former Stoke City and West Ham United attacker and Austria international Marko Arnautovic for Bologna was canceled out by a goal from French striker Thomas Henry for Hellas Verona. Bologna had winger Riccardo Orsolini sent off in the second half.
Atalanta, on the other hand, drew 1-1 against Stefano Pioli's AC Milan in their most recent league game. A first-half goal from Ukrainian forward Ruslan Malinovskyi for Atalanta was canceled out by a second-half goal from Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer for AC Milan.
Hellas Verona vs Atalanta Head-to-Head
In 14 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, the record is fairly even. Hellas Verona have won six games, lost five and drawn three.
The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year in Serie A, with Hellas Verona beating Atalanta 2-1. A goal from centre-back Federico Ceccherini and an own goal from Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners secured the win for Hellas Verona. Young centre-back Giorgio Scalvini scored the consolation goal for Atalanta.
Hellas Verona form guide in Serie A: D-L
Atalanta form guide in Serie A: D-W
Hellas Verona vs Atalanta Team News
Hellas Verona could be without centre-back Federico Ceccherini, striker Roberto Piccoli and Polish centre-back Pawel Dawidowicz. Other than that, there are no known issues and manager Gabriele Cioffi is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Doubtful: Pawel Dawidowicz, Federico Ceccherini, Roberto Piccoli
Meanwhile, Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini will be unable to call upon the services of Albanian centre-back Berat Djimsiti, while there are doubts over the availability of Brazilian midfielder Ederson and right-back Davide Zappacosta. Argentine centre-back Jose Luis Palomino is not available.
Injured: Berat Djimsiti
Doubtful: Davide Zappacosta, Ederson
Not available: Jose Luis Palomino
Hellas Verona vs Atalanta Predicted XI
Hellas Verona Predicted XI (3-5-2): Lorenzo Montipo, Diego Coppola, Giangiacomo Magnani, Panagiotis Retsos, Davide Faraoni, Adrien Tameze, Martin Hongla, Filippo Terracciano, Darko Lazovic, Thomas Henry, Kevin Lasagna
Atalanta Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Juan Musso, Rafael Toloi, Merih Demiral, Giorgio Scalvini, Brandon Soppy, Marten de Roon, Teun Koopmeiners, Joakim Maehle, Mario Pasalic, Ademola Lookman, Duvan Zapata
Hellas Verona vs Atalanta Prediction
Hellas Verona finished ninth last season in the league. However, their season was powered by the finishing prowess of Giovanni Simeone, and the Argentina international moved to Napoli this summer. With striker Gianluca Caprari, another player who scored in excess of 10 league goals last season, having left the club, it will be interesting to see who produces in attack this time around.
Atalanta, on the other hand, finished eighth last season. They have sold important players like Remo Freuler this summer, while squad players like Matteo Pessina and Aleksei Miranchuk have also departed. Atalanta have set high standards in recent years under Gasperini's management, but there have been murmurs of discontent of late.
We expect Atalanta to win this game.
Prediction: Hellas Verona 0-2 Atalanta