Atalanta vs Lazio / Serie A – The last match of the 17th round of Italian Serie A brings us a match between two teams positioned in the upper half of the table, where eight-placed Atalanta has at the moment big nine points fewer than fifth-positioned Lazio, which played one match fewer. It seems that the team from Rome is in a crisis recently, while Atalanta has three-game unbeaten streak of two wins and one draw. On the other hand, Lazio can boast with fact that it won their last three head-to-head. Begins: 17.12.2017 – 20:45 CET
However, it is something that the team from Bergamo will quite surely try to change, especially as it plays much better at home than way this season. Besides, coach Gasperini players again play well after recent series of two draws and two defeats, as they out of next five matches won even four and drew one, which has brought them among other things return to the upper half of the Serie A table and qualification for the knockout phase of Europa League as the first placed team in their qualifying group.
It is fact that their task in continuation of the competition is very difficult since their opponent is Borussia Dortmund but given that Atalanta won in last two matches of the group phase equally strong opponents, English Everton and French Lyon, we don’t doubt that will put up a fierce resistance to the German. On the other hand, they will certainly try to continue with good results in the Italian championship with this match with Lazio, for which out of action is only suspended midfielder de Roon.
Probabable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Berisha – Toloi, Caldara, Masiello – Hateboer, Cristante, Freuler, Spinazzola – Ilicic, Gomez – Petagna
We have said that the guests from Rome come to Bergamo after losing steam a bit and out of previous four league matches they lost even two and drew and won by one match, while in last matches of the Europa League group phase Lazio drew at home with Dutch Vitesse and lost away to Belgium Waregem. However, Lazio had qualified for the knockout phase before last two matches and coach Inzaghi had given chance in those matches mostly to reservists.
Something similar happened last week in the round of 16 of the Italian Cup when they faced at home second-division Cittadella, but Lazio won the match by 4-1, which significantly improved atmosphere in the locker room ahead to match in Bergamo. True, their best scorer Immoblie is forced to skip it due to suspension, while out of action are also injured midfielder di Gennaro and forward Nani.
Probabable lineups Lazio Rome: Strakosha – Bastos, de Vrij, Radu – Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic – Luis Alberto – Caicedo
Atalanta vs Lazio PICK
Although the guests from Rome are higher positioned in the table team from Atalanta won four and drew one match out of five previously played. On top of it, Atalanta was defeated at home just once this season which is the biggest reason why we have decided to give slight advantage to the home team.
Odds: 1.75 at William Hill (down to 1.68 can be played)