In what is a real battle between two sides who are desperate to secure a European finish this year, Atalanta will welcome a struggling Roma to the Gewiss Stadium on Saturday night.
While La Dea may have continued on what has been a rollercoaster campaign, Atalanta picked up a 2-1 win away at Fiorentina last weekend and find themselves sat in pole position to secure another Champions League campaign this year.
On the flip side, while Gian Piero Gasperini’s side might have lost just one of their last seven Serie A appearances, Roma have continued on what has been a worrying rut over the past month.
Hit with a 3-2 defeat against Bologna last time out, Saturday’s guests have failed to win any of their last four matches across all competitions, losing three of those outings.
Also suffering a 2-0 defeat when they faced off against Atalanta earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that betting offers like another win for La Dea can be found at 4/5 with Ladbrokes.
Josip Ilicic leads Atalanta’s charge
Although Atalanta might still be dealing with some continued issues at the back, there is no doubt that La Dea are still boosted by their stunning 7-0 romp over Torino last month.
Reclaiming their spot in the top-four and with a Champions League showdown against Valencia on the horizon, there is no doubt that Head Coach Gian Piero Gasperini will be most impressed by Josip Ilicic’s extended purple patch.
Really leading Atalanta’s European charge this season, the 32-year-old has bagged a remarkable 10 goals in his last eight appearances across all competitions and is now averaging a Serie A strike every 95 minutes.
Picking up the match ball against Torino last month, the Slovenia international has also continued on what has been a scintillating run of form on home soil.
Also bagging a brace against Genoa earlier in the month, Ilicic has scored six goals in his last four matches at the Gewiss Stadium.
You might be interested to know that Atalanta’s ace can be found at 6/5 with Bet365 to extend on that tally this weekend.
Roma’s defensive issues continue
Hit with a 3-2 defeat against Bologna on home soil last weekend and without a win over the past five weeks, Roma have lost their spot in the top-four and the mood around the Stadio Olimpico appears to be growing more fragile.
While leading marksman Edin Džeko might be continuing to do an admirable job of leading Roma’s line, Saturday’s guests have continued to show some very glaring issues at the back.
Shipping another trio of strikes against Bologna last time out, I Giallorossi have shipped seven goals in their back-to-back Serie A defeats and have failed to record a clean sheet since the 6th of December.
Also conceding at least a pair of goals in four of their last six outings, you might be interested to know that Roma can be found priced at 8/13 with William Hill to suffer a similar fate and ship over 1.5 goals this weekend.