Atalanta will be looking to build on their unbeaten start to the new Serie A season when they host Fiorentina on Saturday at 7:45pm (UK time).
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men went into the international break with four points from their opening two matches, while Fiorentina have managed one win and one draw.
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Where to watch Atalanta vs Fiorentina on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: Paramount+
Scoreline prediction: Atalanta 1-1 Fiorentina
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Atalanta vs Fiorentina build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Atalanta have made a name for themselves over recent years as being the free-scorers of Serie A, but that hasn’t been the case at the start of the 2021/22 season with the Bergamo club managing just two goals in their opening two matches. La Dea with a 2-1 win over Torino but were held to a goalless draw against Bologna just before the international break. As a result, they currently sit ninth, as one of nine sides still unbeaten in the league and two points behind the six perfect clubs. But going into this game Atalanta will also have an eye on their Champions League group stage opener against Villarreal on Tuesday.
Sitting one point and one place below Atalanta are Fiorentina, who used their final game before the break to get their first points on the board. La Viola started the season with a 3-1 defeat to Roma, one of those aforementioned teams still perfect in Serie A, as part of a tough opening run which will also see them face Inter Milan and Napoli within the next month. But Fiorentina did turn things around in their second game, joining Atalanta in beating Torino 2-1, a fairly comfortable win in which their clean sheet was only lost late on with the points all-but secured.
- Atalanta (vs Bologna): Musso; Toloi, Djimsiti, Palomino; Maehle, Pasalic, Freuler, Gosens; Ilicic, Malinovskyi; Muriel*.
- Fiorentina (vs Torino): Terracciano; Venuti, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi; Castrovilli, Pulgar, Bonaventura; Callejon, Vlahovic, Gonzalez.
Luis Muriel is expected to be out for a while after sustaining a ‘serious muscular lesion’, while Duvan Zapata remains a doubt having only recently returned to training following an injury of his own. Fiorentina, meanwhile, have no fresh concerns.
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Players to watch:
- Atalanta: With Luis Muriel injured and Duvan Zapata a doubt, Atalanta’s goalscoring hopes this weekend look set to fall upon Robert Piccoli. The 20-year-old is one of the two Atalanta players to score in Serie A this season, netting the winning goal in their 2-1 win over Torino on the opening weekend of the season deep into injury time. Both of Piccoli’s league appearances this season have come from the bench, accumulating 23 minutes in total, but he has now become a full member of the first-team squad having spent 2020/21 on loan at Spezia, scoring five goals in Serie A including one against Atalanta. In what is becoming a scarily regular occurrence for Atalanta, Piccoli did suffer an ankle injury while on international duty with Italy’s U21 side, but he has recovered and is expected to be the one to lead the line.
- Fiorentina: Since the start of 2021, six players have scored at least 18 goals in Europe’s top five leagues. They are Robert Lewandowski (29), Lionel Messi (23), André Silva (20), Erling Haaland (20), Kylian Mbappé (18) and Dusan Vlahovic (18). The 21-year-old has been excellent for Fiorentina since becoming a regular starter one year ago, scoring 21 goals last season, 17 of which came post-New Year’s. Juventus (two), Lazio (three), and Atalanta (two) all felt his wrath throughout the campaign, though the brace against this weekend’s opponents did come in a 3-2 defeat for Fiorentina. He has carried that form over into the new season, scoring in Fiorentina’s 2-1 win over Torino before the international break having drawn a blank against Jose Mourinho’s Roma, and also finding the net in Serbia’s friendly against Qatar.
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