Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Atalanta will look to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Juventus and Salernitana when they take on Verona in the Serie A round 36. The Orobici have a chance to climb to the Europa League berth and they are likely to go all-out attack at the relegation strugglers. Both Rasmus Hjolund and Luis Muriel are pushing for a start, while all Hateboer, Ruggeri, Vorlicky, Soppy, Palomino, Lookman, Boga, and Djimsiti should miss out with injuries.
The Mastini, on the other hand, are desperate to escape the relegation zone, but given their difficulties on the road, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash. As for the away team, Ajdin Hrustic misses out with an ankle problem, while both Thomas Henry and Kevin Lasagna are major doubts. In the first half of the season Atalanta defeated Verona thanks to Teun Koopmeiners’ goal.
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 (Verona):
Founded back in 1903, Hellas Verona are a professional football club that compete in the Italian Serie A. The “Mastini” are well known for their yellow and blue jerseys and they welcome their opponents at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Hellas Verona share rivalry with Chievo Verona and the two local rivals face each other in the “Derby della Scala”.
The first derby of Verona was played on November 18, 2001, with Hellas Verona emerging triumphant (3-2). In 1985 the Mastini won their first and only Scudetto, with the team finishing the season in top position in the Serie A standings, four points clear of second-placed Torino. The likes of Preben Elkjaer, Giuseppe Calderisi, Hans-Peter Briegel, Pietro Fanna and Antonio Di Gennaro led Hellas Verona to the historical success.
However, the most famous footballer who played for Verona is Romania international Adrian Mutu, who scored 16 goals in 57 appearances in the league for the Stadio Marc’ Antonio Bentegodi outfit. Verona will compete in the Italian top flight in the 2017/2018 season as they finished the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign in second position in the table.