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AS Roma vs Atalanta: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :January 5, 2024 at 3:31 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:28 AM
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The 7th and 6th placed sides of Serie A set to battle to move into European competition qualification spots

Roma are coming back to Serie A action after progressing from the Coppa Italia Round of 16. They faced Serie B side Cremonese in that competition and won 2-1. Previously in the league, AS Roma faced Napoli and Juventus. José Mourinho’s men won the first one 2-0 at home and faced a 1-0 defeat at Turin.

On the other hand, Atalanta also triumphed in their cup action against Sassuolo. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men won the tie 3-1. The Bergamo-based club’s last two Italian first-tier league games constituted just 2 goals in total. After a 1-0 defeat to Bologna on the road they won 1-0 at home against Lecce.

Kick-Off:

Sunday, 7 January 2024 at 7:45 PM UK

Monday, 8 January 2024 at 1:15 AM IST

Location: Stadio Olimpico

Form

AS Roma (in all competitions): W-L-W-L-W

Atalanta (in all competitions): W-W-L-W-W

Players to Watch

Paulo Dybala (AS Roma)

The Argentinian scored a penalty last match after coming on from the bench at halftime against the second-tier outfit. And his 85′ minute penalty helped Roma beat Cremonese 2-1 in the knockout game. In this crucial fixture against an opponent like Atalanta, Mourinho is expected to slot him directly in the starting XI.

Charles De Ketelaere (Atalanta)

Just like Dybala, Charles De Ketelaere also had a really good game last time out. It was in the Coppa Italia itself against Sassuolo. In a game that finished 3-1 in favour of Gasperini’s men, De Ketelaere contributed by scoring the two opening goals.

Match Facts

  • Since 2015, AS Roma have won only once at home against the visitors in 9 league games
  • Atalanta have won 5 of their last 6 fixtures in all competitions while Mourinho’s men won 3 in the same period
  • The last meeting between both sides saw La Dea triumph 3-1 over Roma

Injury & Team News

Former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham still has a month to be back from a ligament injury. Defender Chris Smalling is also along the same lines healing from a hamstring injury. Houssem Aouar is with the Algeria national football team while Evan N’Dicka will be with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations 2023.

In the visitors dressing room, Ademola Lookman’s departure for AFCON duties with Nigeria is a major blow. Lookman was the headline threat of Atalanta scoring 7 goals in Serie A. Rafael Toloi has a muscle injury so does Hans Hateboer. Striker El Bilal Touré is still recovering from a tendon injury that surfaced in August 2023.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 25

AS Roma wins – 9

Atalanta wins – 9

Draws – 7

Predicted Lineup

AS Roma predicted lineup (3-5-2):

Szczęsny (GK); Çelik, Mancini, Llorente; Nissen, Cristante, Paredes, Bove, Zalewski; Dybala, Lukaku

Atalanta predicted lineup (3-4-1-2):

Carnesecchi (GK); de Room, Djimsiti, Kolasinac; Zappacosta, Ederson, Pasalic, Ruggeri; Koopmeiners; Scamacca, De Ketelaere

Match Prediction for AS Roma vs Atalanta

The Bergamo side have troubled the hosts on numerous occasions lately and so are expected to be the case in this one. Mourinho and Co’s last meeting with Atalanta saw them lose 3-1. This game is expected to be closer to that game. Both sides should score and the visitors could come out on top narrowly.

Prediction: AS Roma 1-2 Atalanta

Telecast for AS Roma vs Atalanta

India – JioCinema, VIACOM18

UK – TNT Sports

US –  Paramount+, CBS

Nigeria – NTA, SportsTV, SUPERSPORT, TOP SPORTS TV

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