Atalanta - Roma: what to expect from a meeting?
15-Feb-20, 19.45 GMT
One of the central matches of the next round of the Italian football championship will be held in Bergamo, where they will play Atalanta and Roma. The main motivation for these teams is to get into the Champions League zone. Gasperini wards are in this zone, the Romans are the closest pursuers and are only three points behind, which means they will actively attack.
For Atalanta this season is going very successfully - the team of Gianpiero Gasperini is betting on the finish in the first four, which he is successfully coping with. Despite some difficulties in the first round, now the Bergamaskas have managed to gain a foothold in the fourth line, their position is not quite unstable - the fifth “Roma” is located at a distance of three points.
After a sensational defeat from SPAL in the 20th round, “Atalanta” stumbled in yet another meeting with an outsider - in the 22nd round in her field she tied 2-2 with Genoa. A visit to Florence in the last round promised to be very difficult, and in the end it turned out to be, but Ruslan Malinovsky helped Atalanta, whose long-range strike helped Atalanta win 2-1 away.
The owners have no problems with injuries.
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Roma also claims to be a ticket to the Champions League, but the lack of stability does not yet allow the team of Paulo Fonseca to gain a foothold in the first four. The Romans several times in the course of the season were in fourth place, but Atalanta in the distance shows much more meaningful football and keeps the “wolves” at a distance of three points.
Recently, the game Roma there has been a serious decline - it all started with the Roman derby, where the Lazio managed to snatch a draw (1:1) and not to let the main enemy to himself. After that, the Fonseca team, contrary to all forecasts, was defeated (2:4) by Sassuolo away, and in the last round at home (2:3) they lost to Bologna, putting the Portuguese mentor on the brink of dismissal.
They will not play Nicolo Zagnolo and David Zappacosta.
Atalanta is far from sinless this season, but Bergamask’s mistakes are not systematic and they skillfully cope with their main task. As for Roma, its crisis with each round is becoming more serious and today the Wolves are not without reason an outsider of the fight.
Roma’s defense has a complete mess and the hosts should not have problems with goals scored, but Atalanta is also not ideal in defense, so it makes sense to count on goals in this meeting, but you should not expect a sensation.
In our opinion, the hosts will take points in an effective match. We offer a combined forecast - Atalanta will not lose + total more than (2.5) goals. In 1x bet, such an outcome is offered with odds of 1.90