Atalanta didn’t need much time to remind of themselves before the break, as they won comfortably 4:1 at home against Sassuolo last Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to goals from Djimsiti, Zapata and an own goal, it was already a three goals lead for them after the halftime whistle. Zapata added another one in second, during which players of Sassuolo showed more – however, it was only logical since the team from Bergamo already had a decent lead.
They now continue to be fourth at the table and close to a must-win situation in this one, being just six points above fifth-placed Roma.
Offensive midfielder Pasalic (24/5) is suspended for this one. Midfielder Ilicic (21/15) is having injury problems and is doubtful for the moment. Coach Gasperini won’t be near the field having received a red card in the previous match.
Lazio is still to play their first official game after the break has started, but overall, looking at the season for now – they have nothing to be ashamed of.
Coppa Italia saw them reaching the quarter-finals, while they put all the efforts into the Serie A this season. At the moment, they are four points behind the leaders from Juventus and continue being in a must-win situation if they are to chase the title.
Using a lot of players, they won over Ternana 7:2 in a friendly match last Saturday evening as their final rehearsal for the Serie A re-start.
The guests continue to miss injured central back Luiz Felipe (19/1), left-back Lulic (20/0), and midfielder Leiva (21/1). Forward Adekanye (3/1) also remains out injured, but with little influence so far.
Having in mind everything we’ve seen from these two teams so far in the season, goals do look like inevitable here. Especially when knowing that they both have still plenty to play for. They both have been far better with using their chances in the offense than proving their reliability at the back.