Atalanta BC, gaining momentum, hosts bottom-placed Salernitana at Gewiss Stadium in a Serie A encounter.
After a week of stellar performances, Atalanta seems rejuvenated. A dramatic 3-2 victory against AC Milan and a comprehensive 4-0 win over Rakow Czestochowa in Europe signify their resurgence. They now aim to capitalize on this momentum in the league.
Sitting eighth with 23 points, Atalanta eyes the top four, with just two points separating them and fourth-placed Roma. This fixture presents an opportunity for them to climb further before an impending showdown with Bologna.
Salernitana, however, languishes at the bottom, four points adrift of safety. Despite securing their first win against Lazio under Filippo Inzaghi’s stewardship, they’ve managed only five points in seven games since.
Their goal-scoring woes continue, managing a mere 11 goals in Serie A this season.
Nonetheless, Salernitana managed a victory over Atalanta late last season but faces a formidable challenge against a revitalized Atalanta side this time.
Atalanta Serie A Form: WLDLWW
Salernitana Serie A Form: LLDWLW
Atalanta showcased their young talent in their recent European fixture, with Giovanni Bonfanti and Tommaso Del Lungo impressing.
However, Gasperini is expected to return to a more familiar lineup with players like Lookman, Koopmeiners, Ederson, and Scalvini set to start.
Injuries trouble Atalanta with Scamacca doubtful and defensive trio Toloi, Kolasinac, and Palomino uncertain. Additionally, El Bilal Toure remains sidelined.
Salernitana welcomed back Dia but faces absence from Fazio due to suspension and Ochoa’s injury.
Atalanta Possible Starting XI: (3-5-2)
De Roon, Djimsiti, Scalvini;
Zappacosta, Ederson, Pasalic, Koopmeiners, Ruggieri;
Lookman, De Ketelaere
Salernitana Possible Starting XI: (3-4-3)
Daniliuc, Gyomber, Pirola;
Mazzocchi, Coulibaly, Bohinen, Bradaric;
Dia, Ikwuemesi, Candreva
Prediction: Atalanta BC 5-1 Salernitana
Atalanta’s resurgence and recent goal-scoring form place them as clear favorites against a struggling Salernitana side. Given Atalanta’s recent performances and Salernitana’s struggles, a convincing win for the hosts seems probable.