Where: Olimpico, Rome, ItalyWhen: Sunday, January 7, 8:45 pm CET
Everyone expected to see these units higher in the standings. However, that’s not the case, and since they are direct rivals for one of the top-four places, the upcoming match carries additional tension. Both Roma and Atalanta need three points here, otherwise, their UEFA Champions League race might end too soon. The teams are inconsistent and struggle to perform well when needed the most, and all this said, we expect to see an exciting clash at Olimpico on Sunday.
Roma vs. Atalanta Preview
Il Lupi is seventh in the standards, with 28 points and highly unstable performances. They have problems on the road, while on the other side, look merciless at home in most cases. So it’s nothing new seeing their result column filled with mixed results.
When mentioning games at home, Roma has only one loss this year and rides a ten-game unbeaten streak during which Mourinho’s boys triumphed nine times. In each but one victory, Roma netted at least twice.
Apart from that, Il Lupi recorded seven clean sheets, which only shows their confidence when playing in front of own crowd. The most recent appearance was against the reigning champions, Napoli, whom they beat 2-0.
After a tough period during late November and early December, Atalanta is back on track. They have four wins in the latest five clashes, so it’s no reason La Dea significantly improved its position in the standings.
The team from Bergamo plays in waves, and that’s nothing new. When they start winning, that lasts for a few rounds, but on the other hand, Atalanta’s negative streaks are frequent as well. Pundits believe this team has problems with its mentality, and to be honest, we agree with such a claim.
Counting in the Europa League, Atalanta has four wins, four losses, and two ties in the past ten outcomes. Also, four of the previous five events have ended with only one side netting. La Dea was once a team whose games were extremely efficient, and that changed as well.
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Roma and Atalanta Possible Lineups
Roma: Patricio; Mancini, Cristante, Llorente; Karsdorp, Bove, Sanches, Paredes, Zalewski; Dybala, Lukaku
Atalanta: Musso; Bonfanti, Djimsiti, Kolasinac; Zappacosta, De Roon, Pasalic, Holm; Miranchuk; Scamacca, De Ketelaere
* at the moment of writing these lineups were relevant
Roma vs. Atalanta Head to Head Games
La Dea was better on both occasions last season, when they won in Rome, 0-1, and then 3-1 at home.
Roma vs. Atalanta Predictions
As you can see, Roma is very aggressive and confident at home, and Il Lupi will be our pick to win here. Atalanta is unpredictable, but Roma’s performances at home are at the highest possible level, and much better units than Atalanta would lose at Olimpico.
Our verdict: Roma wins
Roma versus Atalanta Odds
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