Atalanta – Everton
Atalanta hosts Everton in a match from Group E of Europa League. The game is going to be played on Thursday night in the city of Bergamo, Italy.
Last season Atalanta enjoyed one of the best campaign in the club’s history. Gian Piero Gasperini’s team was not far away from qualifying for the Champions League as well, which would have been a marvelous achievement. Atalanta was one of the best teams in the Serie A and they really deserved their place in Europa League this season.
Against them they will have Everton – one of the toughest teams in the English Premier League. Ronald Koeman’s team started the new season in England with 4 points from the first two matches, but in the last two Everton suffered two consecutive defeats against Chelsea and Tottenham.
Is this a sign of a mini-crisis in Everton’s squad or maybe it’s just a bad luck and a difficult opposition? Maybe we shall see against Atalanta. Ronald Koeman should be worried, because his team conceded five goals in these two matches and didn’t score one.
Atalanta on the other hand started the new season with two defeats against Roma and Napoli, before finally recording a first win against Sassuolo at home. It’s a matter of time before we see if they could repeat their magnificent season or not. If Gasperini manages to repeat Atalanta’s performance from the last campaign, he will prove that he’s a very good manager.
It’s difficult to say which one of the two teams is a favourite. We still don’t know how much motivated they are going to be in the tournament. Atlanta have the home ground advantage, but Everton are not a team which is worried to play away from home. For sure, this is going to be a very interesting and competitive match.