Odds: Atalanta 23/10, Draw 12/5, Roma 11/10
Kick Off: 1700, 20/08/2017
Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
TV: BT Sport
Atalanta were one of the success stories of Serie A last season but may find it hard to repeat those heroics, starting with a tough opener against Roma.
The hosts prevailed 2-1 in this corresponding fixture nine months ago, but last-gasp penalty taker Franck Kessie is one of the players to have since moved on.
We’re going with the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent, with the more powerful visitors getting the nod at 11/10 in our Atalanta vs Roma betting predictions.
A Look At Atalanta’s Betting Odds
Atalanta were dubbed the Italian version of Leicester City, not quite matching the Foxes’ title-winning exploits but upsetting the odds to finish in the top four.
Incredibly, that surge up the table came after losing four of their first five matches, with just one defeat suffered in 14 games from mid-January onwards.
However, the price of such success is often unwanted attention from bigger clubs and highly-rated full-back Andrea Conti followed midfielder Kessie through the exit door.
Middlesbrough’s Marten De Roon and Belgian defender Timothy Castagne are decent replacements, but still represent a downgrade in our book.
Holding on to creative talent Papu Gomez should ensure the hosts remain competitive, but we’re taking 29/10 for an away win and both teams to score in our Atalanta vs Roma betting tips.
A Look At Roma’s Betting Odds
Last season’s runners-up Roma have also been raided during the off-season, with Antonio Rudiger and Mohamed Salah joining Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
However, Aleksandar Kolarov, Maxime Gonalons and Hector Moreno are solid recruits, while Feyenoord defender Rick Kardsop and Turkish midfielder Cengiz Under arrive with plenty of potential.
The Giallorossi have also made a move to bring in Riyad Mahrez, but even without him they should be guaranteed more goals from Serie A Golden Boot winner Edin Dzeko.
The visitors claimed 12 away wins last term, scoring twice as many goals on the road as they conceded, so 31/4 for a 2-1 triumph takes the eye from the Atalanta vs Roma odds.
ATALANTA 1-0 Chievo – Alejandro Gomez
ROMA 3-2 Genoa – Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi, Diego Perotti
Head-to-head: Roma 1-1 Atalanta, Atalanta 2-1 Roma, Atalanta 3-3 Roma, Roma 0-2 Atalanta, Roma 1-1 Atalanta, Atalanta 1-2 Roma
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