Roma are within striking distance of reaching next season’s Europa League group phase. Jose Mourinho’s men are sixth and three points behind this weekend’s opponents. Last time out the Giallorossi ran out 1-0 winners at Stadio Alberto Picco against Spezia which extended their unbeaten streak in Serie A to six matches (three wins and three draws). Tammy Abraham’s impact on Roma this season cannot be understated. He is their leading marksman on 12 goals, with seven of those being the first of the match, which makes him the league’s fourth most prolific scorer.
Atalanta come into this latest round of fixtures sitting in fifth place on 47 points and three behind fourth-placed Juventus who hold a guaranteed spot in next season’s Champions League group stage. In their most recent Serie A outing the Orobici ended a five-game winless run by registering a 4-0 victory over Sampdoria at home. Mario Pasalic and Duván Zapata are their leading scorers, each bagging nine goals to date. Atalanta also boast a decent away record in this campaign. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have so far registered nine wins, three draws, and just one loss away from Gewiss Stadium.
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Roma vs Atalanta: Match Stats
Roma are unbeaten in six consecutive Serie A games for the first time under the management of José Mourinho; the Giallorossi last had it this good in November 2020 when they put together a seven-game run under Paulo Fonseca. If he features this weekend then Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be making his 250th appearance in Europe’s big five leagues; since making his Bundesliga debit in 2013/14 he’s one of four midfielders who can say they’ve score at least 60 goals and created at least 60 in this period (the others are Dimitri Payet, Kevin De Bruyne and Ángel Di Maria).
Atalanta have not scored in three of their last four Serie A road games — that being said they did net six against Udinese in the other — including the most recent two. The last time Atalanta failed to score in more consecutive away games in the competition was in November 2015 (four, against Fiorentina, Juventus, Bologna and Milan), under Edoardo Reja. however, it’s worth noting, Roma are the team against which Atalanta have scored the most goals in Serie A: 138 across 119 previous meetings.
Roma were at their empathic best this season in the reverse fixture when they left Bergamo with a 1-4 win. Tammy Abraham netted in the first and 82nd minute. Nicolò Zaniolo and Chris Smalling also got on the scoresheet. Atalanta’s only goal came via Bryan Cristante putting the ball in his own net. However, the Giallorossi have lost their last two home meetings against Atalanta.