Resurgent Roma go in search of a fourth successive Serie A win when they face Atalanta in Bergamo. Eusebio Di Francesco was reportedly close to the axe prior to the Winter Break but has turned things around with the Lupi just one point off the coveted Champions League places.
Where and when: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, Lombardy – 27 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Atalanta vs. Roma: William Hill live streaming
Last time: The sides played out a six-goal thriller in August as Roma recovered from a 3-1 deficit. Kostas Manolas salvaged a share of the spoils with mere minutes remaining.
Atalanta to win 2-1
|Roma to win 1-0||14/1||Offer|
|Atalanta to win both halves||6/1||Offer|
Atalanta vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
European chasing Atalanta are in sparkling form and sit just one point adrift of Roma. La Dea have struck 13 times from their last 270 minutes of action and have proven over the last 24 months they are a match for any club in the division, particularly on home soil. Boss Gian Piero Gasperini has transformed Colombian Duvan Zapata in to a rampant and unstoppable force upfront and a tally of 13 goals from eight appearances has seen the ex-Napoli man join Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the goalscoring standings.
Zapata is 4/1 to net first and it promises to be a physical battle between the striker and Roma pair Manolas and Federico Fazio. La Dea are 13/10 to emerge victorious and leapfrog their opponents in the table and 12/5 to claim a point.
Meanwhile, the visiting Giallorossi are 2/1 to continue their good start to 2019. Di Francesco’s front six that started in the 3-2 win over Torino included gifted youngsters Justin Kluivert, Nicolo Zaniolo, Cengiz Under and Lorenzo Pellegrini and the quartet have played starring roles in lifting Roma back in to contention. Under, who has 12 goal involvements to his name this campaign and has been a consistent performer throughout, is 2/1 to bag anytime while the prodigiously talented Zaniolo is 9/2 in the same market.
Zaniolo will line up in the hole behind spearhead Edin Dzeko, though the Bosnian is coming under growing pressure for his starting role with Patrik Schick finally showing his ability on a more consistent basis.
One to watch for Atalanta: Gianluca Mancini has five goals from 15 appearances, a record even more impressive when you consider the 22-year-old is a defender by trade. The Italian is 33/1 to get the final effort of the contest.
One to watch for Roma: Bryan Cristante has emerged as a dependable presence at the heart of the Lupi midfield and will be a familiar face for the natives. The former Nerazzurri is 12/1 to give Roma the lead.
Long shot: Atalanta have beaten Inter and Lazio on home soil, and would have added Juventus to the list were it not for some Ronaldo inspired heroics on Boxing Day. La Dea will take the game to Roma and a resounding 3-0 triumph is available at 28/1.