Roma have their first home game of the season on Monday night, as they welcome Atalanta to the Stadio Olimpico. Both sides began their Serie A campaigns with victory in their opening fixture, and are looking to continue their early momentum here.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 27 August, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Roma vs. Atalanta: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Andreas Cornelius and Marten de Roon put Atalanta 2-0 up inside 20 minutes on their last visit to Rome in January, with Edin Dzeko’s second-half goal proving to be a consolation.
Roma v Atalanta Predictions and Preview
Although 17 points separated third-placed Roma and Atalanta, who finished seventh last term, this game is by no means a foregone conclusion for the hosts. The Giallorossi have only beaten Monday’s visitors once in their last seven attempts, a narrow 1-0 victory at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia last season.
Roma got their season underway by beating Torino by the same scoreline last weekend, courtesy of Edin Dzeko’s 89th-minute winner. The goal was set up superbly by new signing Justin Kluivert, whose 20-minute performance suggested he could take Serie A by storm this season.
The Giallorossi know that their home games are going to be hugely important this season, if they’re going to have any chance of closing the gap to Juventus. The Old Lady finished 18 points clear of Eusebio Di Francesco’s side last term, but Roma have strengthened well over the summer.
|Roma to win and both teams to score||5/2||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||9/10||Offer|
|Dzeko to score first||19/5||Offer|
The likes of Kluivert, Steven Nzonzi, Javier Pastore, Grégoire Defrel, Davide Santon and Patrik Schick all bring greater depth to La Lupa, who are hoping to make an impact in the Champions League this term. Roma are priced at 39/50 for the victory on Monday.
Atalanta come into the game on the back of their Europa League qualifying ties with Sarajevo and Hapoel Haifa, which they won 10-2 and 6-1 respectively on aggregate, plus Thursday’s clash with Copenhagen. The Nerazzurri could be a little fatigued coming into this tough trip to the Stadio Olimpico, making their price of 21/5 for the win less appealing.
These two teams have shared the spoils in four of their last 10 meetings, and a draw may well be the best result the visitors can hope for. That’s priced at 3/1 in the betting, with a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline when the teams met in Rome just over a year ago available at 13/2.
Diego Perotti is the only injury concern for Roma, while visiting boss Gian Piero Gasperini has concerns over four players. Josip Ilicic and Marco Varnier are both definitely out, while Jose Luis Palomino and Marco Tumminello are doubts.
One to watch for Roma: Justin Kluivert dazzled on his Serie A debut, and although he may not be in Roma’s starting line-up, he should at least feature from the bench. With that in mind, the Dutch forward is 7/1 to score the last goal of the game.
One to watch for Atalanta: La Dea captain Alejandro Gomez hit a brace in his team’s 4-0 victory over Frosinone last Monday, including the opener inside the first 15 minutes. He also has two Europa League strikes to his name, and is 10/1 for the first goal.
Long shot: Predicting the correct score usually gives you the best odds, as it’s tough to do. Roma’s last home victory against Atalanta came via a 3-1 win back in April 2014, and a repeat of that scoreline is 15/1.