Atalanta are set to play host to Benevento at the Gewiss Stadium on Wednesday for their latest Serie A fixture.
Atalanta come into this game on the back of a 5-2 win over Roberto D’Aversa’s Parma yesterday at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Goals from Ukrainian forward Ruslan Malinovskyi, Italian midfielder Matteo Pessina and Russia international Aleksei Miranchuk and a second-half brace from Colombian striker Luis Muriel ensured victory for Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta.
Second-half goals from Argentine midfielder Juan Brunetta and young Switzerland international Simon Sohm proved to be a mere consolation for Parma.
Benevento, on the other hand, lost 3-1 to Leonardo Semplici’s Cagliari yesterday at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito. Goals from Greek left-back Charalampos Lykogiannis, Italian striker Leonardo Pavoletti and Brazilian midfielder Joao Pedro sealed the deal for Cagliari. Peru international Gianluca Lapadula scored the consolation goal for Benevento.
Atalanta vs Benevento Head-to-Head
In three head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Atalanta hold the clear advantage, having won all three games.
The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year in Serie A, with Atalanta beating Benevento 4-1. Goals from Slovenian attacker Josip Ilicic, centre-back Rafael Toloi and Colombia internationals Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel secured the win for Atalanta. Italian forward Marco Sau scored the sole goal for Benevento.
Atalanta form guide in Serie A: W-D-W-D-W
Benevento form guide in Serie A: L-L-L-D-L
Atalanta vs Benevento Team News
Atalanta will be without former Roma centre-back and Italy international Rafael Toloi, who is nursing an injury. Other than that there are no known issues and manager Gian Piero Gasperini is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Rafael Toloi
Meanwhile, Benevento manager Filippo Inzaghi will be unable to call upon the services of Italy international Marco Sau and attacker Gabriel Moncini, while there are doubts over the availability of Belgian left-back Daam Foulon and Spanish forward Iago Falque. Experienced midfielder Pasquale Schiattarella is suspended.
Injured: Marco Sau, Gabriel Moncini
Doubtful: Iago Falque, Daam Foulon
Suspended: Pasquale Schiattarella
Atalanta vs Benevento Predicted XI
Atalanta Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Marco Sportiello, Berat Djimsiti, Cristian Romero, Jose Luis Palomino, Joakim Maehle, Marten de Roon, Remo Freuler, Robin Gosens, Josip Ilicic, Aleksei Miranchuk, Luis Muriel
Benevento Predicted XI (4-3-2-1): Lorenzo Montipo, Fabio Depaoli, Kamil Glik, Luca Caldirola, Federico Barba, Perparim Hetemaj, Nicolas Viola, Artur Ionita, Roberto Insigne, Gianluca Caprari, Gianluca Lapadula
Atalanta vs Benevento Prediction
Atalanta are 2nd in the Serie A table, equal on points with 3rd-placed AC Milan and two points ahead of 4th-placed Napoli. They continue to be one of the most entertaining sides in Europe. Colombia international Luis Muriel has registered 21 league goals this season for them.
Benevento, on the other hand, are 18th in the league table, three points behind 17th-placed Spezia. They have lost four of their last five league games, and will have to be at their very best if they intend to play in Serie A next season.
Atalanta are in fine form and will be the favourites here.
Prediction: Atalanta 3-1 Benevento