Preview: Roma vs. Atalanta


Roma vs. Atalanta
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
20 November, 2016
15.00 CET

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Probable Formations

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AS Roma
(4-2-3-1)
Szczesny
Rüdiger, Manolas, Fazio, Peres
De Rossi, Strootman
Salah, Nainggolan, Perotti
Dzeko

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Atalanta
(3-4-1-2)
Berisha
Caldara, Masiello, Zukanović
D’Alessandro, Kurtic, Kessie, Freuler
Spinazzola
Petagana, Gomez

 

Key Match-up:

Kostas Manolas  vs. Alejandro Gomez   

One of the surprises in the early onset of the Serie A season has been the sizzling form of Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta side. The Bergamo-based club has been sensational on both ends of the pitch, with ex-Roma defender Rafael Toloi leading the defence and Papu Gomez becoming the undisputed leader of the attack.

Coming fresh off surgery to his nasal bone, Kostas Manolas is expected to be thrown directly into Spalletti’s starting eleven and will be given the task of containing Atalanta’s quick and versatile Alejandro Gomez, who has been linked with a potential January move to Roma.

Atalanta have bagged three goals in each of their last two matches and it has been almost a month since a team was able to hold them to a cleansheet. Given that the match is in Bergamo, the crowd will certainly be on their side, however, Roma must remain focused and concentrate on curbing the potent attacking duo of Gomez and Petagna, and this responsibility will be led by Manolas.

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