Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Atalanta play host Venezia at their Gewiss Stadium following a very important 1-0 win at Juventus. The Orobici have been in a fine form in November, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to win the midweek clash. Duvan Zapata, who scored the winner at the weekend, should continue to lead the line for the hosts, while defender Matteo Lovato misses out through injury. Slovenia international Josip Ilicic is pushing for a start.
The newcomers, on the other hand, failed to upset title holders Inter (0-2) in their last league match. Venezia obviously struggle in matches against top-table sides, and they are unlikely to spoil Atalanta’s party in Bergamo. All Ebuehi, Fiordilino, and Maenpaa should miss out with injuries for the visiting team. In their last meeting in a competitive match, back in 2004, Venezia defeated Atalanta 1-0, meaning that the Orobici are hungry for revenge.
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.