Atalanta vs. Empoli Predictions & Betting Tips

The final weekend of the 2021-22 Serie A season has some huge clashes and these Atalanta vs. Empoli predictions look ahead to the race for Europe. Atalanta are still chasing down a place in the Europa League for next term, while Empoli are safe from relegation.

Atalanta vs. Empoli odds

1 – Atalanta to win – 1/4

2 – Over 2.5 total goals – 4/13

3 – Atalanta over 1.5 total goals – 1/5

4 – BTTS – Yes – 7/10

5 – Atalanta to win 2-1 – 9/1

Atalanta find themselves heading into the final game of the 2021-22 Serie A campaign realistically needing a win to stand any chance of European qualification. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are in eighth place after 37 games played, with Lazio, Roma and Fiorentina all having an edge on them, as it stands.

Lazio have already clinched a Europa League spot, and Roma’s Friday night game away at Torino could end Atalanta’s chances before a ball is kicked this weekend, if Jose Mourinho’s side win. The likelihood is that Gasperini’s charges will battle directly with Fiorentina, who are hosting rivals Juventus, for the sole Europa Conference League spot, via seventh place in Serie A.

The hosts can only ensure they win to keep their fate in their own hands. With eight points picked up from their last four games, against an Empoli side with one win in 2022, they are strong favourites to do so.

The home team have also upped their game in terms of goalscoring in recent weeks. Four of their last six outings have featured over 2.5 total goals scored, alongside scoring more than two goals themselves in three of their last five league matches.

However, despite that positivity in attack, La Dea have struggled with conceding goals at the other end. The Nerazzurri have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven Serie A clashes, while Empoli have scored in all their last five games.

Atalanta look strongly positioned to win their final game of the Serie A season this weekend. Where it will leave them in the battle for a European place though, will be impacted by results elsewhere in the Italian top flight.

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Atalanta vs. Empoli last five matches

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Atalanta vs. Empoli line-ups

Atalanta (3-4-3): Musso; Djimsiti, Palomino, De Roon; Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners, Hateboer; Pasalic, Zapata, Pessina.

Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Parisi, Luperto, Romagnoli, Stojanovic; Bandinelli, Asllani, Zurowski; Verre; Pinamonti, Cutrone.

Atalanta team news

Colombian hotshot Luis Muriel has joined the list of injury absentees for Gasperini in recent days, after being forced off in the defeat at Milan last weekend. Duvan Zapata is set to replace him in attack in the hosts’ only likely starting change.

Empoli team news

Empoli head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is still without long-term injury absentees Lorenzo Tonelli and Nicolas Haas for this game. The visitors look set to stick with an unchanged starting team from their 1-1 draw at home to Salernitana last time out.

Europa and Conference League race goes down to the wire

Lazio have already qualified for the Europa League, but Roma, Fiorentina and Atalanta are all within one point going into the final round.

The last-gasp Sergej Milinkovic-Savic equaliser for 2-2 against Juventus last night ensured the Biancocelesti will be in the Europa League, as they reached 63 points.

It means at worst, they will finish in sixth place.

However, the rest is all up in the air, as Roma have 60 points, Fiorentina and Atalanta are both on 59.

In theory, fifth and sixth go into the Europa League, while seventh qualifies for the Conference League play-offs.

If Roma win the Conference League Final against Feyenoord on May 25, they go directly into the Europa League too.

There is one scenario where if Roma finish eighth and win the Conference League, then there will be eight Italian sides in Europe next season rather than seven.

In Serie A, head-to-head record is the first deciding element when two teams finish level on points.

If three or more sides finish level, then a mini-league table is drawn up of their head-to-head records.

Roma have a superior h2h with Atalanta, while it is totally even with Fiorentina, but they have a better overall goal difference.

The Giallorossi also have a better head-to-head record with Lazio.

Fiorentina have a superior head-to-head record with Atalanta, so they will be in Europe with a victory.

Atalanta are the only side who cannot guarantee anything, as even if they win the final match with Empoli, they could still finish eighth because of the negative head-to-head record with both Roma and Fiorentina.

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Serie A will clamp down on delays to avoid unfair advantage

The Lega Serie A have warned teams that they will be extremely strict on timing to ensure games are played simultaneously, so nobody can gain an advantage from knowing the other results.

Before the age of television rights breaking up the fixture list, the final three or four rounds were always played simultaneously to counter sides knowing what their opponents had already done.

Some of that remains today, with the matches involving clubs challenging for position played at the same time, including the Scudetto race, with Milan at Sassuolo and Inter hosting Sampdoria on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

With this in mind, the Lega Serie A released a statement this evening warning they will be very strict on any teams who try to delay coming out for the start or the second half.

The limit of tolerance will be reduced to just five minutes.

However, there is still the potential for more extra time in one game than another in case of VAR on-field reviews or injuries.

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Knee ligament injury for Atalanta striker Muriel

The season is over for Luis Muriel, as Atalanta confirm the striker sustained a knee ligament injury during the 2-0 defeat to Milan.

La Dea are still in the running for a place in the Europa League or the Conference League going into the final round of the campaign.

However, Muriel will not be taking part in Saturday’s home match against Empoli.

The Colombia international has been diagnosed with a Grade I-II tear of the internal collateral ligament in his left knee.

That will mean several weeks on the sidelines, so international duty over the summer would also seem to be out of the question.

Atalanta are also missing Ruslan Malinovskyi for their final Serie A fixture against Empoli, as he sits out a one-match ban for accumulation of yellow cards.

Rafael Toloi, Giuseppe Pezzella and Josip Ilicic are also expected to be out of action this weekend for coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

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Kiyine given two-match Serie A ban for kick in the crotch

The Disciplinary Commission has announced the suspensions for the final Serie A round of the season, including a two-match ban for Sofian Kiyine after he kicked Lorenzo Pellegrini in the crotch.

That incident occurred during Roma’s 1-1 draw with Venezia, as Kiyine was caught on camera by VAR booting midfielder Pellegrini between the legs.

Kiyine, who is on loan from Roma’s rivals Lazio, also received a fine.

Sampdoria midfielder Omar Colley was given a one-match ban and a €10,000 fine for insulting the referee.

The season is over for these players, who were suspended for the Week 38 fixtures due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

They are Ederson (Salernitana), Patric (Lazio), Koray Gunter (Verona), Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia), Youssef Maleh (Fiorentina), Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta), David Okereke (Venezia) and Antonio Junior Vacca (Venezia).

Cagliari were fined €8,000 because their fans threw a firework and other objects onto the pitch during the 3-1 home defeat to Inter.

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Serie A title race analysed: Will there be a final-day twist? – Inside Europe

The Serie A title race is going down to the final day of the season as rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan bid to win the Scudetto.

AC Milan are two points clear at the top and need at least a draw at Sassuolo to claim their first league title since 2011, while champions Inter host Sampdoria.

Sassuolo beat AC Milan in the reverse fixture at San Siro (and won against them in their previous match in the 2020/21 season) and Sampdoria held Inter to a 2-2 draw last time out.

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Will both title-chasing sides win on the final day? Or will there a twist? Eurosport Italy’s Davide Bighiani previews what to expect from the conclusion of Serie A…

How is the title race being viewed in Italy?

For sure, this is the most beautiful championship fight we are witnessing in Italy, but also in Europe (together with Manchester City vs Liverpool) especially because it’s going on between two teams from the same city, and as you know AC Milan have not won a title for 11 years. The Rossoneri fans will make a lot of noise on Sunday!

Is there a feeling that Serie A will continue to be more competitive now?

Since last year Juventus are no longer the dominant team we have seen in the last decade; Inter have almost pulled off a miracle this year, restarting after the painful goodbyes of Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi; Milan are now a team that has been playing well together for almost three years; Napoli are at an excellent level even if they haven’t still the necessary solidity.

These four teams will give us a lot of satisfaction for the next few years.

What has been the key difference between the two Milan clubs?

The level of the two teams has largely been the same. The difference was made in the most recent derby (2-1 win for Milan) and Inter’s defeat in Bologna, with goalkeeper Ionut Radu’s blunder. Never before have the details made such a difference as this year.

And anything can still happen on the last Sunday of the championship.

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Sassuolo are a bit of a bogey team for Milan, why do you think that is?

Sassuolo are always a very tricky team to face, because they play very good football, if they are on a good day they can hurt anyone. In the first meeting, they found AC Milan in a bad period of form and took advantage of it.

On Sunday the situation could play a part in the game and how both teams play.

Do you think Milan will do it?

Assuming that ‘anything can happen’, Milan seem to have the right level of mental preparation to face the challenge with destiny.

The match against Atalanta at the weekend was also very tricky and it went smoothly. Inter hope that the ‘May 5 effect’ (in 2002 they lost the Scudetto after a 4-2 defeat against Lazio saw Juventus pip them to the title) could also affect their cousins.

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At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

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Kessie goes full circle with Milan in last home game

Franck Kessie started his Serie A career with Atalanta and now he’ll face them in his final home game with Milan today.

The 25-year-old Ivorian forward is preparing to play in a Rossoneri shirt at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for the last time this evening, a must-win match as the team look to take one step closer to their first Scudetto in a decade.

As reported by Tuttosport, Kessie’s time with Milan is drawing to a close and it’s fitting that he’ll face Atalanta in his last home game in San Siro, ending a cycle filled with ups and downs.

It’s been a difficult season for the Ivorian, who fell out with some of the Rossoneri faithful for failing to renew his contract, but ending the season with his first trophy would crown off a memorable spell in the Lombardy capital.

Current indications suggest that the 25-year-old Kessie will join Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer.

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