Atalanta will be playing hosts to AS Roma in what shall be an interesting battle as both teams reside at fourth and the fifth spot respectively in Serie A. Atalanta has a three-point cushion for AS Roma after thumping Radomiak Radom 6-3. Whereas, AS Roma with 39 points is on the back of consecutive defeats against Sauuolo followed by Bologna.
Date-Sunday, February 16
Kick-Off- 1:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
Marten de Roon has returned from suspension and will be in contention of starting for the hosts. With no injury concerns ahead of the fixture, the hosts should go with a similar eleven. Duvan Zapata and Ilicic are expected to lead the attack, with Alejandro Gomez to play in behind. Gosens, Freuler, Roon and Castagne should form the midfield, while, Djmsiti, Palomino and Toloi could be the back three.
Bryan Cristante is undergoing suspension and should be replaced by Gianluca Mancini in midfield, while Bruno Peres and Carles Pena could also be given the nod to start for the visitors. Nicolo Zaniolo, Davide Zappacosta, Amadou Diawara and Antonio Mirante are ruled out due to injuries.
ATN (Expected Playing 11)- Gollini; Djimsiti, Palomino, Toloi; Gosens, Freuler, Roon, Castagne; Gomez, Ilicic, Zapata
ROM (Expected Playing 11)- Lopez; Peres, Fazio, Smalling, Spinazzola; Mancini, Veretout, Mkhitaryan, Pellegrini, Perez; Dzeko
Josip Ilicic has been instrumental for Atalanta on the forward line. Ilicic has 14 goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 81.8% from 1336 minutes in the Italian league this season.
Lorenzo Pellegrini has been essential in Roma’s midfield. The 23-year-old has a goal and eight assists along with a pass accuracy of 81.4% from 16 appearances in Serie A this season.
Alejandro Gomez can pack a punch on the attacking front for Atalanta. Gomez has six goals, 10 assists and a pass accuracy of 84% from 1750 minutes in the league this season.
Edin Dzeko has bagged 10 goals and has three assists with a pass accuracy of 70% from 23 appearances this season for Roma.
From the last six meetings between the two sides, Atalanta has won two games in contrast to Roma’s one win. Three games have ended on level terms during the process.
Considering Roma’s recent slump in form, Atalanta will be the favourites in front of home support.
Goalkeeper- P Lopez
Defenders- L Spinazzola, A Kolarov, B Djimsiti, J L Palomino
Midfielders- L Pellegrini, H Mkhitaryan, Alejandro Gomez (VC)
Forwards- E Dzeko, D Zapata, J Ilicic (C)
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