Salernitana will be looking to pick up a fourth victory on the trot for the first time this season and move level on points with Cagliari just outside the relegation zone when they take on Atalanta BC on Monday.
The hosts, who could move into the Europa League qualification spot with all three points, head into the game without a win in any of their last five home matches and will be desperate to end this dry spell.
Atalanta turned in a performance of the highest quality last weekend when they fought back from behind twice to salvage a thrilling 4-4 draw with Torino.
Colombian forward Luis Muriel put on a clinic in front of the home crowd, scoring twice and assisting the other two of La Dea’s four goals to force a share of the spoils.
This followed a 3-1 victory over last-placed Venezia at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo on April 23 which saw Gian Piero Gasperini’s men end their run of five games without a win across all competitions.
Atalanta have won 15, drawn 10 and lost nine of their 34 games this season to collect 55 points and sit eighth in the Serie A standings, three points adrift of Roma in the Europa League qualification spot.
On the back of a third-placed finish in the 2020-2021 campaign, Atalanta’s underperformance this season has been owing to their struggles on home turf, where they have managed just four wins from 17 games and have picked up 19 points from a possible 51.
Salernitana’s Federico Bonazzoli celebrates scoring their first goal with Luca Ranieri on February 19, 2022© Reuters
Salernitana, on the other hand, took another huge step in their race against the drop as they claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Fiorentina when the sides locked horns last Sunday.
Despite seeing over 72 percent of the ball possession and being in the ascendency for most of the game, La Viola were left empty-handed at the Arechi Stadium as Milan Duric and Federico Bonazzoli scored either side of Riccardo Saponara’s 64th-minute equaliser to hand the hosts all three points.
Prior to that, Salernitana ended their 11-game winless run when they saw off Sampdoria 2-1 at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium on April 16 before travelling to Udinese to pick up a 1-0 victory four days later.
Davide Nicola will be delighted with his side’s upturn in form as the Garnets, who are currently 19th in the table with 25 points from 33 games, could move level on points with 17th-placed Cagliari just outside the drop zone with a win on Monday.