Ademola Lookman’s Atalanta BC is poised to defend its unblemished record in the 2023-24 Europa League as they prepare for a clash against SK Sturm Graz at Gewiss Stadium on Thursday evening.
The previous encounter between these two sides unfolded in a thrilling 2-2 draw during the initial group stage meeting a fortnight ago. This result kept Atalanta in the lead with seven points, while SK Sturm Graz currently holds the third spot with four points.
Atalanta has asserted its dominance in the group standings, standing three points ahead of Sporting Lisbon and Sturm Graz. Another triumph in this upcoming fixture would firmly position them at the helm, steering towards the knockout stages with only two matches remaining in the group.
In the earlier match at Merkur Arena, Atalanta secured a point with both goals courtesy of Luis Muriel. Despite playing the majority of the second half with a numerical advantage, they might feel they could have extracted more from the game.
Nevertheless, La Dea maintains an optimistic outlook on securing a victory on their home turf, where they have exhibited exceptional form this season. With only one loss in six matches across all competitions, Atalanta’s home record speaks volumes. The recent setback against Inter Milan marked the end of a five-game unbeaten streak at home, during which they hadn’t conceded a single goal. Noteworthy victories include clean sheets against formidable opponents like Juventus and Rakow Czestochowa, accompanied by a goal tally of nine at the opposite end.
As the Gewiss Stadium prepares to host this pivotal Europa League clash, Atalanta remains determined to continue their impressive run and further solidify their standing in the group, enhancing their prospects for a successful campaign in the tournament.