Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Sarajevo managed to hold Atalanta to a 2-2 draw in Bergamo in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round. The Bosnian side came from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Serie A outfit and they now aim to defend their “lead” in the return leg. Sarajevo are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, but preventing Atalanta attackers from scoring is easier said than done. The Orobici, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Bosnians when the two teams face each other at Olimpijski Stadion Asim Ferhatovic Hase and we predict that coach Gian Piero Gasperini is going to field the best possible side this time out. Atalanta are likely to take the second leg very seriously and we believe that they are going to make it to the third qualifying round.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Atalanta Bergamo):
Atalanta Bergamasco Calcio, better known as Atalanta Bergamo is an Italian football club from Bergamo which was founded in 1907 and is currently active in the Serie A.
The club host it’s home games in the Atleti Azzuri d’Italia stadium which holds a capacity of 27 000 sats. The club colors of Atalanta Bergamo are blue and black. Atalanta Bergamo holds the nickname Nerazzuri which is the same as Inter Milan.
Biggest succes of Atalanta Bergamo was in 1963 where the club managed to win the national cup (Coppa Italia). Atalanta won the Serie B three times (in 1959, 1984, 2006 and 2011). In Europe the club from Bergamo managed to stunt and reached the semi finals of the Europe Cup 2.