A massive game in the race for the Champions League takes place Saturday February 15, 2020 as fourth place Atalanta host fifth place AS Roma. These two teams are involved in the race for the final Serie A Champions League spot.
Atalanta enter this weekend in fourth place and in the final Champions League position. The Nerazurri sit on 42 points which is three points above their opponent this weekend. There is a tight race at the top of Serie A, between the top three teams, but this race four fourth place is going to be just as exciting as we get to the end of the season in Italy. Atalanta are also still competition in the Champions League where they will face off against Valencia in the Round of 16.
Roma enter in fifth, three points back of Atalanta, and have a five point cushion over sixth place Verona. AS Roma are still in the Europa League as they look forward to a Round of 32 match-up with Gent.
Below is my pick for the Serie A action between Atalanta and AS Roma. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Atalanta (-110) vs AS Roma (+240) Draw (+300)
It wasn’t easy, but high scoring Atalanta came back from a 1-0 road deficit to knock off Fiorentina 2-1 last weekend. The hosts led 1-0 at the half, but two goals in the first 30 minutes of the half gave Atalanta the big road win. Atalanta are now unbeaten in their last three games and have outscored their opponents 11-3 during those three games – thanks to a 7-0 win at Torino a few weeks back. Atalanta are a mid-table home club having won just 17 points from a possible 33.
The AS Roma slide continued as they fell 3-2, at home, to Bologna last weekend. Roma went down 2-1 early in the first half, then 3-1 early in the second half, and Bologna were able to hold on thanks to Roma going down to 10 men in the 80th minute. The loss means Roma now has now won in their last four games as they see themselves fall out of the Champions League spots in the Serie A table.
Series History: Atalanta has had a lot of recent success in this match-up as they hold a 4-5-1 advantage dating back to April 2016.
Game Prediction: I think Atalanta get caught looking ahead to their big Champions League game in the upcoming week, so I am backing a draw at +300 in this one.
2020 Results: 13-11