It’s a clash of the top two teams in Serie A as Atalanta welcome Napoli to Bergamo this Saturday looking to get maximum points from this 13th Round game of the 2022/23 Serie A season.
Venue: Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo)
Atalanta have won just four games at home in 2022 (D7, L5).
The hosts have the second-best defence in the league, having conceded eight goals this season.
They have failed to score only once in 13 games this season.
Napoli have lost just one away game in the league in 2022 (W12, D3).
They are unbeaten in their last 16 Serie A games (W14, D2).
They have won their last eight Serie A games, scoring 20 goals and conceding seven times.
They have scored the most away goals in the league this season (14).
Head to head
Napoli have a slight edge over Atalanta in this fixture, having won 14 out of the 37 matches played between the two teams. The hosts have 13 victories but have been impressive in recent times with four wins in the last seven matches played between the two sides (L2).
Latest performances in all competitions
Atalanta will look to cut the gap at the top of the Serie A table when they welcome top-of-the-table Napoli to Bergamo on Saturday.
The hosts bounced back from their first loss of the season–a 2-0 loss to Lazio two games back–by beating Empoli 2-0 last time out. Goals from Hans Hateboer and Ademola Lookman sealed the win for Gian Gasperini Piero’s side, who come into this tie sitting in second place, five points behind their visitors.
The 27 points they have accrued is the best-ever point tally after 12 games in their history (W7, D2, L1). Their form has been helped by the absence of European football, with Le Dea coming into this game with a week’s rest in their tank having had no midweek engagements.
Gasperini will hope that their week’s rest will be of great value when they host a Napoli side that comes into this game on the back of a gruelling away game with Liverpool in the Champions League.
However, home form has been a serious issue for Atalanta in 2022, winning just four Serie A games on their own turf this calendar year (D7, L5). That record is even scarier at home as Atalanta have lost four of the last seven Serie A H2Hs on their own soil, including a 3-1 defeat here in April, a trend they’ll have to buck to close the gap at the top of the division.
Possible Atalanta starting line-up
Juan Musso; Rafael Toloi, Merih Demiral, Berat Djimsiti; Hans Hateboer, Ederson José, Mario Pasalic, Teun Koopmeiners, Brandon Soppy; Ademola Lookman, Duván Zapata.
Injured: Luis Fernando Muriel, Marten De Roon
Doubtful: Davide Zappacosta
After suffering their first defeat in 21 games (W19, D2), Napoli will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Northern Italy on Saturday.
The Naples-based club were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday, with goals from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez consigning Luciano Spalletti’s side to their first defeat in any competitive game since April.
However, Napoli still finished top of their group having beaten Jurgen Klopp’s 4-1 in the first leg and also come into this round of games sitting top of the Serie A table.
Their goal will be to open up an eight-point gap at the summit by winning this game. Remarkably, the Partenopei have made an identical 12-game start to the league campaign as last season, but Spalletti’s men were unable to sustain their onslaught on the Scudetto and finished in third.
This season, they will have to maintain their remarkable standards if they’re to secure an elusive first title since 1990. Having won their last eight games in the league, they will fancy their chances of extending their unbeaten run in the league to 17 games (W14, D2 so far).
Possible Napoli starting line-up
Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Juan Jesus, Min-Jae Kim, Mario Rui; Andre Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski; Hirving Lozano, Victor Osimhen, Kvricha Kvaratskhelia.
Injured: Amir Rrahmani
Atalanta 1-3 Napoli