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  • 26 February 2012
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  • • Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
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Atalanta - Roma Preview: Giallorossi face tricky trip to Bergamo as race for Champions League place hots up in Serie A

Atalanta - Roma Preview: Giallorossi face tricky trip to Bergamo as race for Champions League place hots up in Serie A

Luis Enrique's side managed to get back to winning ways against Parma last week after a slight dip in form, and will set their sights on picking up another three points on Sunday


PROBABLE LINEUP
ATALANTA

Consigli
Lucchini, Stendardo, Manfredini, Peluso
Carrozza, Cigarini, Brighi, Moralez
Marilungo
Denis
ROMA

Stekelenburg
Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei
Gago, De Rossi, Pjanic
Lamela
Borini, Osvaldo

Just the one change is anticipated for Atalanta ahead of Sunday's visit of Roma, as Ezequiel Schelotto is to be replaced on the right side of midfield by new signing Alessandro Carrozza.

The Varese midfielder arrived on loan until the end of the season as a replacement for Simone Padoin in January and will make his Serie A bow at the age of 30, after speaking of completing his dream move.

Meanwhile, for Roma, Francesco Totti's suspension means that Erik Lamela will make a return to the starting XI, playing behind Fabio Borini and Pablo Osvaldo in attack, as Luis Enrique is expected to make just the single alteration from the 1-0 victory over Parma last time out.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atalanta have scored 102 goals against Roma in Serie A, making them their second most profitable opponent.
  • The Nerazzurri have not conceded in any of their last three games.
  • However, they also have scored just one goal in their last four Serie A fixtures.
  • Roma have won six of their last seven games against Atalanta.
  • The Giallorossi have also scored at least once in 19 of their last 20 league outings against the Bergamese side.
  • Luis Enrique's side have accumulated just one point from their last three matches away from home.

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Last Five Matches
Atalanta
23 Aug 2014Atalanta 2 - Pisa 0ITAC
18 May 2014Catania 2 - Atalanta 1SR-A
11 May 2014Atalanta 2 - AC Milan 1SR-A
5 May 2014Juventus 1 - Atalanta 0SR-A
27 Apr 2014Atalanta 1 - Genoa 1SR-A
Roma
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30 Jul 2014Real Madrid 0 - Roma 1ICC
26 Jul 2014Manchester United 3 - Roma 2ICC
24 Jul 2014Liverpool 0 - Roma 1FRC
18 May 2014Genoa 1 - Roma 0SR-A
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
19Gabriel HeinzeDefender
14Simon KjaerDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
4JuanDefender
-MarquinhoMidfielder
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
29Fabio BoriniStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
-José ÁngelDefender
-Marco CassettiDefender
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
-Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
-Giammario PiscitellaStriker
Players to Watch
Guido Marilungo
Guido Marilungo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
German Denis' barren spell of late has seen Atalanta find goals hard to come by in recent weeks, but in the lightning-quick Marilungo they have a potential outlet. The former Italy Under-21 international has shown real promise, scoring three goals and catching the eye with some lively performances in the hole, while also forcing early-season star performer Maxi Moralez out wide.
Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentine may not be on the scoring trail, but there can be no doubt that he has contributed to the Roman side's resurgence, as proved by his six assists to date. His vision, touch and off-the-ball intelligence in the final third puts him arguably ahead of his colleagues to find an opening in behind the Atalanta rearguard.
Prediction
Both teams have had trouble scoring goals in the past few matches, so expect a tight game when also taking Atalanta's fortress-like performances at home into account. However, the visitors have been boosted by the return of Pablo Osvaldo in attack, and their creativity in the forward areas should be enough to give way to a winner.
Editor's Prediction
Roma 1

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