MATCH PACK: ATALANTA vs. PARMA

Parma, 5 January 2020 – Ahead of Atalanta vs. Parma, let’s delve into the Match Pack and take a closer look at the figures relating to the match.

DIRECT MATCH-UPS
The next game will be the 39th Serie A clash between Atalanta and Parma. The Ducali are ahead with 14 wins compared to Atalanta’s 11, while there have been 13 draws. Atalanta haven’t been defeated in their last four Serie A matches against Parma (3 wins, 1 draw) and they’ve never gone five games in a row without losing to Parma in the competition. Atalanta have won three of the last four Serie A matches against Parma, as many wins as in the eight prior to this. The Bergamo side have kept a clean sheet in three of the last four league matches against Parma, conceding just one goal. This came in a 3-1 win for them in March. This will be the third Serie A meeting in January between the two sides: Parma have won one and drawn one against Atalanta during this month and have always kept a clean sheet in the process.

There have been 19 versions of this fixture played in Bergamo with eight home wins, five away wins and six draws. Atalanta have won seven of their last eleven home matches in Serie A against Parma, along with three draws and one defeat.

FORM
Atalanta have won five of the last seven matches at the Gewiss Stadium (excluding matches at the Tardini or MAPEI Stadium), drawing two. With Gasperini in charge, Atalanta have always won their first match of the New Year in Serie A after having only taken two points in the nine prior. Atalanta have scored 43 goals this season (the most this campaign). 16 out of the 18 sides to have scored so many by this stage finished the Serie A season in third place at the worst. Atalanta finished 2019 with 81 league goals scored, a record for the club in a calendar year after beating the previous records set under Gasperini (64 goals in 2017 and 67 in 2018).

PLAYER FOCUS
Luis Muriel (one appearance away from 200 in Serie A) has scored in the last two league matches at the Gewiss Stadium. Only once in his Serie A career has he netted in three consecutive home matches (with Udinese in January 2013). Muriel has scored five goals in his last five home Serie A matches after failing to score in the previous nine. Remo Freuler is one match away from 150 appearances for Atalanta in all competitions.

Only Mario Balotelli (nine) has provided more assists in Serie A than Dejan Kulusevski (seven) in Serie A before turning 20 from the past 15 years of the league. Andreas Cornelius’ first Serie A season was with Atalanta in the 2017-18 season. He made 23 appearances and scored three goals in that period. Gervinho has scored twice against Atalanta, but both goals came in home matches. Alberto Grassi’s first 34 Serie A appearances were made as an Atalanta player between 2014 and 2017. Matteo Scozzarella also played for Atalanta, featuring three times in Serie A.