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

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Serie A fixture between Atalanta BC and Bologna, including team news and predicted lineups.

Atalanta BC play host to Bologna on Tuesday evening knowing that they can ill-afford any more dropped points if they want to remain in the Serie A title race.

Meanwhile, Bologna make the trip to the Gewiss Stadium looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat to AC Milan, a result which extended their winless streak to four matches.

Match preview

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini pictured on August 25, 2019© Reuters

While Atalanta are still regarded as contenders for the league title, being held to a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona has done nothing positive for their hopes of landing a first-ever top-flight crown.

Although a share of the spoils extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 16 matches, Gian Piero Gasperini will be frustrated that his side sit no nearer to leaders Juventus.

All things considered, I Nerazzurri require four consecutive victories if they wish to challenge the reigning champions, as well as giving themselves the best chance of claiming a runners-up spot which would still be classed as an outstanding achievement.

With each of their remaining opponents - which includes rivals Inter Milan - sitting in the top 12, Gasperini can at least be reassured that his players will not take anything for granted over the coming weeks.

Gasperini's message will be that there are places up for grabs ahead of the Champions League quarter-final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on August 12, something which may soon become their priority if Juventus build an unassailable lead.

Earlier this month, Bologna would have had their own hopes of a late surge proving decisive in their bid to claim an unlikely spot in next season's Europa League.

However, a run of two points from four matches has left I Rossoblu in mid-table, effectively resulting in eighth position now becoming their most realistic target.

A tough fixture schedule has contributed to their downfall, with their defeats coming against in-form Sassuolo and AC Milan, but credit should also be given for a draw with Napoli.

Although Atalanta only extends that daunting run of games, Sinisa Mihajlovic can at least look forward to a closing triple-header against clubs situated in the bottom half of the table.

Atalanta BC Serie A form: WWWDWD

Bologna Serie A form: DWLDDL

Team News

Atalanta defender Robin Gosens pictured in action in December 2019© Reuters

Gasperini will almost certainly rotate his Atalanta side, which could include recalls for the likes of Timothy Castagne and Marten de Roon.

That could result in Robin Gosens and Remo Freuler dropping down to the substitutes' bench, along with Jose Luis Palomino, who may be replaced by Mattia Caldara.

Given the manner of his side's defeat at San Siro, Mihajlovic is unlikely to hold back when it comes to making alterations.

Ibrahima Mbaye, Gabriele Corbo, Andreas Skov Olsen, Andri Fannar Baldursson and Matthias Svanberg will all hope for starting roles, having been introduced on Saturday at a time when Bologna were already 4-1 down.

Gary Medel may also get the nod over Andrea Poli in the centre of midfield, but on-loan Musa Barrow will not feature against his parent club.

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti; Hateboer, Pasalic, De Roon, Castagne; Malinovskiy, Zapata, Gomez

Bologna possible starting lineup:
Skorupski; Mbaye, Danilo, Denswil, Dijks; Medel, Svanberg; Orsolini, Olsen, Sansone; Santander

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We say: Atalanta BC 4-1 Bologna

With the freedom to throw caution to the wind and having slipped up in their last outing, we expect a positive response from the home side, who will feel confident about outclassing opponents who are low in confidence.

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