Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 8-0 victory over Sarajevo, Atalanta booked their place in the Europa League third qualifying round. The Orobici played an important role in the Europa League last term and they surely want to play in the group stages of the competition for yet another season. Atalanta are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Hapoel Haifa and we predict that the Serie A side are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. The Israeli side managed to beat Hafnarfjordur in the second qualifying round, but Atalanta are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. A man to watch in the away team will be Argentine midfielder Papu Gomez, who scored a brace in the 8-0 victory over Sarajevo. Hapoel Haifa and Atalanta meet for the first time ever in the Europa League.
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.