Atalanta make the long journey to the capital city to face Roma, in what is the Serie A curtain raiser in 2018 for the hosts. The visitors have already played since the turn of the New Year, and come into this on the back of an impressive 2-1 away victory to knock league leaders Napoli out of the Coppa Italia in the quarter-finals.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma side have won just one of their last five games in all competitions. They have begun to falter massively in the title race and find themselves nine points off of leaders Napoli – bitter city rivals Lazio are now also just two points behind.
With January comes the transfer rumour mill, and according to many reports in Italy – Liverpool are after Roma’s number one keeper Alisson, the Brazilian stopper has 12 clean sheets from 24 appearances this term in all competitions. However it may take a considerable bid as he is under contract with the Giallorossi until 2021!
Gian Piero Gasperini might be considering turning his mobile phone off during the next month! Juventus are trying no end to bring back Leonardo Spinazzola to Turin, however the club from Bergamo are having none of it. According to reports coming from Italy, the 24-year-old full backs’ protests have been ignored by Atalanta as he must now finish his two year loan deal.
Players to watch: Alejandro Gomez has come into a bit of form for the visitors, having scored in each of his last two appearances, once in the cup – and four in the league this term. Gomez knows these parts very well, and has scored four goals vs Roma – he has only bagged more vs Chievo. Edin Dzeko is Roma’s top scorer with eight in the league – but the big Bosnian has now gone six appearances without a goal.
Stat-attack: Roma have seen under 2.5 goals (total) in each of their last four games (SA), as well as in their last three vs Atalanta in all competitions. Roma are unbeaten in ten of their last 11 games, and 11 of their last 12 at home vs Atalanta! Atalanta have won four of their last five away games, both teams have scored in seven of Atalanta’s nine away league games this term (BTTS).
AS Roma: R. Karsdorp (knee injury), L. Pellegrini (knee injury), G. Defrel (doubtful)