Preview - Atalanta vs Roma 27 January 19

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Match Day 19
Atalanta vs. Roma
Sunday, January 27th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Atketi Azzuri d'Italia

Atalanta: 
Last five matches form: W L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 0.85
Top Scorer: Duván Zapata (14)

Roma:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals against per match: 1.85
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy (6)

It's seventh versus fifth on Match Day 19 in Serie A as Atalanta play host to Roma. With only two points between the sides, the home team will be looking for a win in this one to lift themselves into the European positions. Roma are only one point off fourth placed Milan though and it is a Champion's League position they have their eyes on.

The first game between the sides this season was a cracker with the match at the Stadio Olimpico finishing up into a 3-3 draw. Roma came out on top in this game last season when nicking a 1-0 win.

Remo Freuler looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Diego Perotti, Cengiz Ünder and Juan Jesus all miss out for Roma.

Atalanta have gone goal crazy in recent weeks, smashing six past Sassuolo and five past Frosinone. Both of those games came on the road though and they will be keen to keep that good form going now playing back in front of their own fans. They have won only four of nine overall here, with defeats coming to Napoli, Sampdoria and Cagliari.

Roma arrive here on a good run of form, with three wins on the spin having now put them on the cusp of the Champion's League positions. They have won only three of ten on the road so far this season and will need to improve that away form if they are to maintain their push.

Both sides are playing some good stuff at present and overall we can't split them. Draw.



Prediction: Atalanta 2 - 2 Roma



Harry85

Half time:  1 - 3
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  13 - 7
Shots on target: 6 - 5
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 67% - 33%

Three bookings in this one, all for the away side, with referee Gianpaolo Calvarese taking the names of Bryan Cristante, Kostas Manolas and Steven Nzonzi.

A cracking game in Atalanta. They may have had to come from three goals down in order to salvage anything from the game in the end, but Atalanta were the better side overall on the stats and continued their excellent recent form in front of goal to stage what was a memorable comeback.

Roma took just three minutes to open the scoring. A lofted ball into the area being chested into the path of Edin Dzeko by Nicolo Zaniolo. Dzeko finishing smartly into the bottom left from around ten yards.

One became two in the 33rd minute. Dzeko Again. Played through in the right channel by Steven Nzonzi, the frontman took a touch to round the keeper to the right and finish from a tightish angle.

Things then got even better for the visitors in the 40th minute. A lightning quick counter culminating with Zaniolo picking out Stephan El Shaarawy in acres in the left of the area. El Shaarawy having time to control and smash past the keeper from around six yards.

Atalanta had the last word in the first half though, pulling one back in the 44th minute. Determined play in and around the area ending with Papu Gomez crossing from the right. Timothy Castagne on hand to nod into the bottom left from six yards. 1-3 at the break.

Then in the 59th minute the comeback really was on the cards. Gomez the provider once again, this time with a cross from deep on the right. Great header into the bottom right by Rafael Toloi from ten yards.

Atalanta should then have been level in the seventieth minute when awarded a penalty kick. Unfortunately Duvan Zupata could only blast his effort high into the stands.

Just a minute later though, Zupata made amends. Played in in the right-hand side of the area by Josip Ilicic, the forward scuffed his effort a little but beat Robin Olsen down low at his near post. 3-3 final score.

The win would have been enough to propel Roma into the Champion's League positions, making this capitulation all the more frustrating for their fans. They stay fifth and one point adrift of fourth placed AC Milan. Atalanta drop down a spot to seventh.








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