What competition it is? Serie A
Teams: Napoli and Atalanta
Kick Off: Sunday 21 April
Match Timing: 10:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stadio San Paolo (33,280)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
NAP vs ATN Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Napoli will be looking to bury the disappointment of Europa League when they welcome Atalanta in Serie A on Easter Monday at Stadio San Paolo, in Naples, on Monday night (IST).
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival in Naples was met with high expectations by the Napoli fans, who saw him as a perfect fit to take the club forward. There were legitimate talks of Napoli running Juventus close in the title race at the start of the season.
For a few weeks, the Naples managed to keep Juve within reachable margins. But the Old Lady’s relentless run, coupled with Napoli’s own inconsistency saw them fall behind in the title race.
But six matches to go, Napoli have nothing to play for. They are destined to end the season trophyless. Juventus have wrapped up the title long before they were expected, while Carlo Ancelotti’s team saw their adventure in the other competitions coming to a premature end as well.
So in some sense, it has been a disappointing season for the Naples. For sure, if we look at the 91 points tally of the last season, which they will fall short of by at least 6 points even if they win all their games.
The Europa League was a big blow for them. Losing 0-1 at home and 0-2 away against Arsenal was a big disappointment considering the Gunners are being seen as a side in transition under new manager Unai Emery.
In terms of form, Napoli have won just once in the last five games, which was a 1-3 win against rock-bottom Chievo.
Atalanta, meanwhile, started the season slowly and were even crashed out of the Europa League qualifiers last summer.
But the visitors have a good squad, which they assembled to fight on multiple fronts. Though the Scudetto was always out of their sight, they can still qualify for the Champions League and have the Coppa Italia semi-final 2nd leg coming up as well.
La Dea will be confident of getting a result here. The reason being they are in excellent form heading into this match, while Napoli’s woes should give them the motivation as well.
That said, Atalanta need all the three points more than the Naples. For the hosts are almost guaranteed a 2nd place, while the visitors are chasing the top-four.
Considering that both Inter Milan and As Roma dropped points in their respective games, Atalanta can move to fourth with a win at Stadio San Paolo.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Napoli – W L D D W L
Atalanta – W D W W D D
NAP vs ATN Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Napoli vs Atalanta Team News:
Injured – Napoli will be without Amadou Diawara and Adam Onus as both the players are suffering from the muscle problems.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Napoli are set to welcome centre-half Raul Albiol back to the first team after the 33-year-old successfully recovered from the knee injury. He has been out of the action since February.
Key Players – Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens
Injured – Rafael Toloi suffered an Achilles Tendon injury last month which should keep him out for the rest of the season. Other than him, Gian Piero Gasperini has a near full-strength squad available at his disposal.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Josip Iličić is lacking the match fitness and may not be involved in this game.
Note: Gian Piero Gasperini has insisted that he won’t be looking to rotate his players for this game. So we may see Atalanta starting with the same playing 11 which featured against Empoli.
Key Players – Duvan Zapata, Alejandro Gomez
NAP vs ATN Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Napoli– Meret (GK), Mario Rui, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Malcuit, Zielinski, Ruiz, Allan, Callejon, Insigne, Mertens
Atalanta– Gollini (GK), Palomino, Mancini, Masiello, Castagne, Roon, Freuler, Hateboer, Gomez, Josip Iličić, Duvan Zapata
NAP vs ATN Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
Napoli FANTASY PREDICTION:
Napoli have almost secured a second place finish this season. So motivation could be an issue here for the hosts who have anything left to play for.
While Atalanta are chasing the Champions League football, and are in much better form than the hosts. So the visitors look a good bet for a win here.
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