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Mar 12, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
AtalantaAtalanta BC
3-1
SpeziaSpezia
Pasalic (54', 73'), Muriel (55')
Toloi (8'), de Roon (25')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Piccoli (82')

Preview: Atalanta BC vs. Spezia - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Serie A clash between Atalanta BC and Spezia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Atalanta BC will be looking to get back to winning ways and stay in the race for a top-four finish when they host Spezia in Serie A on Friday evening.

The visitors, meanwhile, have accumulated just two points from the last 12 available and have lost their previous two away matches by a 3-0 scoreline.


Match preview

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini during the match on January 23, 2021© Reuters

Atalanta were unable to build on a convincing 5-1 victory against Crotone as they lost to league leaders Inter Milan 1-0 at the San Siro on Monday.

Milan Skriniar's second-half strike proved enough to separate the two sides and that result for La Dea has seen them drop outside of the top four and down to fifth, following Roma's victory against Genoa.

Aside from their last league fixture, Gian Piero Gasperini's side have shown their attacking prowess once again this campaign, scoring 60 Serie A goals so far this season – only bettered by Inter – and scoring at least three goals on 12 separate occasions – a record equalled only by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain throughout the top five European leagues.

Atalanta have also scored at least three goals in each of their last four Serie A home meetings against promoted sides, their longest such run in the competition.

However, they were unable to break down Spezia when the two teams faced each other for the very first time in November, with that encounter finishing goalless. The last time La Dea failed to find the net in both games in the same season against a promoted side was back in the 2013-14 campaign, when they lost their two fixtures against Sassuolo by a 2-0 scoreline.

Victory by a four-goal margin on Friday would see Atalanta move above Juventus into third place on goal difference, although the Old Lady will have two games in hand.

Spezia's Giulio Maggiore celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on February 13, 2021© Reuters

Spezia's winless Serie A run was extended to four matches last weekend as they were unable to take advantage of Benevento's current woes, drawing 1-1 on home soil.

Daniele Verde's 71st-minute close-range effort rescued a point for the Aquilotti, who fell behind from an Adolfo Gaich strike just before the half-hour mark.

The result moved Spezia six points clear of the bottom three, although Torino – who currently occupy 18th place, just inside the relegation zone – still have two games in hand.

Spezia travel to Bergamo having previously turned up for the big occasion, already beating Roma, Napoli and most recently AC Milan this campaign.

However, they have lost three of their last four Serie A away matches, as many as they lost in their first nine in the top-flight earlier this season.

Head coach Vincenzo Italiano is aware that his side are not guaranteed safety just yet and claiming another huge scalp on Friday would give them a massive confidence boost heading into the final third of this campaign.

Atalanta BC Serie A form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Atalanta BC form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

Spezia Serie A form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D


Team News

Atalanta's Cristian Romero celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 23, 2021© Reuters

Atalanta's key striker Duvan Zapata is doubtful for Friday's game after coming off early in the defeat to Inter, while wing-back Hans Hateboer remains out with an ankle injury.

Gasperini is set to name a strong side even though he will have one eye on their Champions League tie with Real Madrid next week.

Goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who has started the last three matches, could keep his place in the starting lineup ahead of Pierluigi Gollini.

Spezia will be without Ivan Provedel (coronavirus), Rafael (wrist), Riccardo Saponara (muscle) and Federico Mattiello (fatigue) for the trip to Rome.

Dutch goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet is set to keep his place in the side, while Martin Erlic could replace Ardian Ismajli at centre-back.

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Sportiello; Palomino, Romero, Djimsiti; Maehle, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina, Malinovskyi; Muriel

Spezia possible starting lineup:
Zoet; Ferrer, Erlic, Terzi, Bastoni; Estevez, Agoume, Maggiore; Verde, Nzola, Gyasi


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We say: Atalanta BC 3-0 Spezia

Even though Atalanta will have one eye on their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid next Tuesday, Gasperini will be keen for his side to secure all three points on Friday and remain in the hunt for a top-four finish.

Spezia have accumulated more points on the road so far this season, but the hosts should have enough quality to claim another comfortable victory at the Gewiss Stadium.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CInter Milan38287389355491
2AC Milan38247774413379
3Atalanta BCAtalanta38239690474378
4Juventus38239677383978
5Napoli38245986414577
6Lazio38215126155668
7Roma381881268581062
8SassuoloSassuolo381711106456862
9Sampdoria38157165254-252
10Hellas VeronaHellas Verona381112154648-245
11Genoa381012164758-1142
12Bologna381011175165-1441
13Fiorentina38913164759-1240
14Udinese381010184258-1640
15SpeziaSpezia38912175272-2039
16CagliariCagliari38910194359-1637
17Torino38716155069-1937
RBeneventoBenevento38712194075-3533
RCrotone3865274592-4723
RParma38311243983-4420

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