Atalanta get their Serie A season underway with an away trip to Torino this Saturday afternoon (2:00pm kick-off).
Torino XI: Sirigu; Vojvoda, Nkoulou, Bremer, Murru; Meite, Rincon, Linetty; Berenguer; Zaza, Belotti.
Atalanta XI: Sportiello; Toloi, Caldara, Sutalo; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez; Muriel, Zapata.
Where to watch Torino vs Atalanta on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN
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Torino vs Atalanta build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
The Italian top-flight kicked off last weekend, but Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were handed an extended break due to their involvement in the Champions League last month, in which La Dea lost 2-1 to eventual runners-up PSG.
Torino, meanwhile, started the season in the worst possible fashion, coming up short in a 1-0 reversal against Fiorentina, but the sight of Atalanta this weekend will not fill many fans with optimism. Wounds from Atalanta’s 7-0 trouncing the last time these two sides met are still fresh for the Turin club.
To make matters worse, Atalanta have netted seven goals in their last two opening Serie A matches to a new season, placing the odds firmly in their favour.
But, Torino still pack plenty of quality in their squad and have not fired a blank against Atalanta in consecutive home ties since the 1980s. Andrea Belotti will certainly want to open his account for the season. But, will Torino cause an early upset? Or can Atalanta pick from where they left off?
- Torino (vs Fiorentina): Sirigu; Izzo, Bremer, N’Koulou, Ansaldi; Rincon, Meite, Linetty, Berenguer; Zaza, Belotti.
- Atalanta (vs PSG): Sportiello; Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti*; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Pasalic, Zapata.
Atalanta are without the suspended Berat Djimsiti or Timothy Castagne, who left for Leicester City over the summer. First choice goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini remains sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury, meaning stand-in stopper Marco Sportiello is likely to retain his place, having started in the defeat to PSG.
Players to watch:
- Torino: When people think of Torino, the name Andrea Belotti is usually one that immediately comes to mind. The Italian marksman has been devastating in front of goal for the Turin club since joining from Palermo in 2015. Now captain of the Bull, Belotti has notched double Serie A digits in each of his five seasons at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, but he is yet to rediscover his scintillating form from that marvellous 2016/17 campaign, in which he bagged 26 league goals. A return of 16 was commendable last time out, but he will be desperate to hit at least 20 this season and rejoin the Capocannoniere race.
- Atalanta: When it comes to Serie A curtain-raisers, there is one man for the job at Atalanta: Luis Muriel. The dynamic Colombian attacker has helped himself to eight goals in his first matches of a new Serie A season, at least two more than any other player in the last 10 league campaigns. He was also on target twice during that 7-0 drubbing of Torino last season, so manager Marco Giampaolo will have to be wary of the South American’s threat.