Very poor performance from Bologna last round away at Chievo (lost 3-0). The 4-3-3 system allows Bologna to easily move the game in every corner of the field, but in the same time gives away many open spaces for opponents.
Last round Chievo didn’t even need to hold prolonged possession or apply constant pressure. Tunnels appear all of a sudden in Bologna’s defense and opponents only need to exploit without making much efforts.
Bologna’s situation is not getting any better. They are only 2 points above the relegation zone and pretty soon desperation will play a major role in their tactics, if it doesn’t already…
Opponents Atalanta are at the opposite end. Their performance last round against Livorno was very lucid and solid, and as a result Atalanta got their 5th consecutive Seria A win (won 2-0). That is quite and achievement for a team that doesn’t really excel in anything besides organization and players making big efforts every round.
Because of the good run they even have hopes for an European place by the end of the season.
The 4-4-1-1 system allow Atalanta to concentrate mainly on preventing opponents from creating dangerous opportunities. Besides the sole striker every player is involved in the defensive phase. It is very irritating for opponents to play against Atalanta, especially for those teams having a loose defense (like Bologna) who can be easily surprised on counters.
Defender Benalouane is once again suspended for guests.
Bookies made a mistake in setting the odds and we must take advantage of that. Atalanta +0.25 at 1.85 from Bet365 is one of the most interesting bets in Serie A this week.
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