Roma and Atalanta will meet on Thursday night in Serie A in a top seven clash. Roma have drifted out of the European qualification places winning just twice over the course of their last six matches in the league. Paulo Fonseca’s team have put a lot of energy into their Europa League campaign. They will meet Manchester United in the semifinals of the competition.
Atalanta are on a high following a brilliant 1-0 win over Juventus. Gian Piero Gasperini’s team are on a five-game winning streak and four points above fifth-place Napoli in the race for Champions League qualification for next season. Serie A’s top four fight has six teams battling for three Champions League qualification places.
Seven games remain in the Serie A season. There are a lot of points up for grabs for both teams down the stretch. However, Roma’s Europa League commitments are likely to damage the team’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through the league.
Atalanta have qualified for the Champions League for two straight seasons. They are now eating at the big-boy table in Serie A and could continue dining by finishing in the top four for a third straight campaign. La Dea are unbeaten in six straight matches against Roma in Serie A. Can they make it seven games without a defeat?
Roma vs Atalanta Betting Odds
Atalanta won the reverse fixture between the clubs 4-1. They came from a goal down at halftime to score four times without reply. Edin Dzeko scored in the third minute to give Roma the lead. With just over 30 minutes to play, Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata equalised. Robin Gosens, Luis Muriels, and Josip Ilicic scored three more times for Atalanta to power them to a victory.
Gasperini’s team took 15 points from their last 18 on offer. La Dea outscored opponents 12 to six over the course of their last six matches in the division. Leading bookies have Atalanta at odds of 19/20 to win at full-time away versus Roma. They are unbeaten in back-to-back away matches and have claimed 31 points from 45 this term.
Fonseca’s Roma took seven points from the last 18 on offer in the league. Goals have dried up for the Giallorossi with a mere five being tallied over the course of their last six fixtures. Bookies have Roma at odds of 13/5 to win at full-time at the Stadio Olimpico against Atalanta. The 2017-18 Serie A season was the last time that Roma defeated Atalanta.
Roma have not won at the Stadio Olimpico against Atalanta since 2013-14. Atalanta's last six trips to the capital ended without losses versus Roma. Roma have Serie A’s third-best home points total with 36 from 48 possible. The teams are at odds of 14/5 to finish in a draw.
Roma vs Atalanta Team News
Gasperini has no new injury issues going into matchday 32. Hans Hateboer remains out going into the game and is a long-term absentee. He could be back next month following a foot injury. Atalanta are led in goals by striker Luis Muriel. The Colombian has 18 goals and five assists in Serie A. Zapata has 13 goals and seven goals. The forward duo both scored in the reverse fixture against Roma.
Atalanta have scored the most goals in Serie A with 72. Amazingly, Atalanta reportedly have Serie A’s 13th highest wage bill with just €40 million paid to the entire playing staff. The results Gasperini has got from the Bergamo-based squad is incredible.
Roma coach Fonseca has five players on the injury list going into the game. Midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola could return to the team in time for the game following a hamstring injury. Forward Stephan El Shaarawy is also nearing a return following a hamstring issue.
Defenders Chris Smalling and Marash Kumbulla are both doubts due to their respective injuries. Smalling has a knock while Kumbulla is recovering from a knee issue. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is a doubt following an ACL injury. Roma are led in goals by forward Jordan Veretout. The Dutchman has 10 goals in 27 matches in Serie A.
Roma vs Atalanta Prediction
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Thirteen of the last 16 matches in Serie A between Roma and Atalanta ended with both teams scoring goals. The last two games between the sides in the league finished with both finding the back of the net. Based on Atalanta’s brilliant goalscoring (72 goals) and their ability to concede to opponents (38 goals), we should see both sides get on the scoresheet.
Luis Muriel to score anytime @ 20/21 - BET NOW
Muriel leads Atalanta in goals this season with 18 in 29 games in Serie A. His last two goals came on matchday 29 against Udinese. Muriel played just over 60 minutes in Atalanta’s last two games versus Fiorentina and Juventus – both games ended in wins. He scored one goal against Roma in the reverse fixture. Muriel played a mere 19 minutes in the fixture. He could get on the scoresheet once more this week.
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Ten of the last 16 matches in Serie A between Roma and Atalanta finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The two Serie A rivals have played out high-scoring games in recent meetings. Their last two games in Serie A finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Atalanta bagged four goals in a 4-1 come from behind win earlier this season.
Thursday’s game is likely to see goals just as the reverse fixture did. Atalanta have 72 goals scored this season. Meanwhile, Roma have 55 goals. The Giallorossi are focused on the Europa League and have let their Serie A form slip over the last two months.
Atalanta should continue their unbeaten streak in the capital against Roma and strengthen their case for Champions League qualification for a third straight season. Roma last won at home against Atalanta seven seasons ago. Their lack of league focus should make it a run of eight straight campaigns without a home win versus La Dea.
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