Date: 19th December 2020 at 2:00pm
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Roma will be out to maintain their excellent start to the season when they travel to on Sunday evening (kick-off 18:00) to face Atalanta.

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Palomino, Romero, Djmsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Malinovskyi, Pessina; Zapata.

Unavailable: Caldara, Pasalic, Ruggeri, Toloi.

Roma (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Veretout, Pellegrini, Spinazzola; Pedro, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko.

Unavailable: Pastore, Zaniolo.

KEY STATISTICS

– Atalanta are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 matches against Roma (W5, D5), having collected 10 defeats in 13 previous matches (W2, D1) in the competition.

– Roma are the team against which Atalanta have scored the most goals in Serie A: 132 and at least two in each of their last five matches.

– Atalanta won their last home game against Roma; they have not won two consecutive home matches against the Giallorossi since September 1964 (three in a row).

– Atalanta have only won two of their five home games in this season (D1, L2): their exact same record in home matches in the previous two seasons at the same point in the competition.

– Roma have scored 3+ goals in 12 away games under Paulo Fonseca: at least three times more than any other team since the start of last season (Inter and Atalanta with nine).

– Roma have scored 27 goals in their first 12 games this season, only doing better five times at this stage in a Serie A season, most recently in 2016-17 (29).

– Gian Piero Gasperini has lost 12 of his 23 matches against Roma; only against he picked up more defeats (13); however, only one of these defeats against The Giallorossi came as Atalanta coach (W4, D3): 0-1 in August 2017.

– Alejandro Gomez is the player with more appearances with Atalanta under Gasperini: 191 matches in all competitions since 2016/17, at least 12 more than any other player (179 for Remo Freuler).

– Atalanta’s Luis Muriel has scored six goals in 11 matches against Roma (his favourite opponent level with Udinese), including brace in a 4-2 in April 2012 at the Stadio Via Del Mare with Lecce.

– Roma’s Edin Dzeko has been directly involved in six goals (five goals, one assist) in his last seven matches against Atalanta, including three goals in his two most recent visits to Gewiss Stadium.