AS Roma vs. Atalanta Bergamo / Serie A – Fourth-placed Roma and ninth-positioned Atalanta will play one of more interesting matches of 20th round of Italian Serie A. Atalanta has played one match more but has 12 points fewer than Roma, however, the guests from Bergamo had eliminated currently leading team in the Serie A Napoli from the Coppa Italia and can also boast with fact that have stayed undefeated in last three away matches with Roma. Begins: 06.01.2018 – 18:00 CET
However, Roma managed to revenge in the first part of season as it triumphed in Bergamo by 1-0, so its fans believe that the time has come for home victory over Atalanta. The pressure grew bigger not only because of that but Roma only drew at home with Sassuolo 1-1 in previous round, while before that it was defeated away by Juventus and right now Roma lags behind it for eight and leading Napoli for even nine points, although the team from Rome has played one match fewer than they.
Inter is positioned ahead of Roma, which also played one match less and has two points more, while on the other hand fifth-placed Lazio has just two points fewer than its city rivals. Of course, all this suggests that Roma must give its maximum on Saturday in order to defeat Atalanta, which is why coach Spaletti has announced that will make changes in the starting line-up. Out of action are only from before injured defender Karsdorp and forward Defrel.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Alisson – Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov – Strootman, Gonalons, Pellegrini – El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti
We have said in the introduction that the guest from Bergamo come to Olimpico stadium after making a great surprise last week, when they eliminated currently leading team of the Serie A, Napoli, from the Italian Cup after they defeated them in Naples in the quarter-final by 2-1. True, before that coach Gasparini players had slipped in the league as they lost at home to Cagliari 2-1 but its fans didn’t mind as before the mishap Atalanta had great eight-game unbeaten streak of six wins and two draws.
In the period Atalanta won Sassuolo in the Coppa Italia and Everton and Lyon in the Europa League, which qualified them for the round of 32, while in the league they joined the race for positions that lead to Europe, given that at the moment they have just three points fewer than sixth-positioned Samdoria. In the meantime situation with injuries has significantly improved as they have no problems at all with absences so now against Roma we expect to see on the pitch the strongest Atalanta’s team.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Berisha – Toloi, Caldara, Masiello – Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Spinazzola – Cristante – Gomez, Petagna
AS Roma – Atalanta Bergamo PICK
Although Atalanta comes to Olimpico stadium after a great away victory over Napoli in the Italian Cup we have nevertheless decided to give here advantage to Roma, as if this team again fails at home it could already say goodbye to the race for the Scudetto.
Pick: Roma wins
Odds: 1.73 at williamhill (down to 1.68 can be played)