Goals seem inevitable when AS Roma come visit Atalanta at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, as the sides have played out some seriously entertaining encounters in the past and neither look to have changed their set up a great deal in the meantime.
They are placed side by side in fourth and fifth position in the table at the moment and even Roma still has a small gap to their nearest rival coming from behind, but the difference in current form is a lot bigger than the current gap of three points in favour of Atalanta indicates.
Atalanta is 11 points behind Lazio and the title race and could find themselves a little isolated soon. Especially if they manage to take the three points available Saturday evening. Somehow Roma is five points clear of sixth but with massive issues at the moment.
Atalanta vs Roma, Outlook & Tip
The Giallorossi have only one win in the Serie A since New Year, having suffered three defeats in four with defence leaking goals like rarely seen in the Capitol. They followed up an embarrassing 4-2 setback at the hands of Sassuolo by losing 3-2 against Bologna at home.
A defence like that will have a hard time against the often formidable force of Atalanta’s attack. The match seems to have fallen perfectly for the hosts, who have won two of their last three league games, scoring 11 times in that run. On top of that, they are unbeaten in four meetings with Roma, having scored 10 goals in the process.
With Roma in awful form, we are backing them to slip up this weekend. Atalanta knows a win will take them six points clear in their quest for a Champions League-spot, and Roma seems there for the taking. Roma has yet to beat a top 4-side this season having already lost at home to Atalanta.
Alternatively, one could go for goals with Atalanta having seen an average of 4.4 goals scored per home game. The hosts have seen 82 per cent of their home matches finish with at least four goals, while 45 per cent of their matches at the Gewiss Stadium have seen five or more. With Roma scoring nearly two per away game on average, as indicated at the beginning of this article a goal-shy match would be none other than a miracle.