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Every man selected for our Lazio vs Atalanta predicted lineups is expected to rise to this challenge on Sunday afternoon, with a lot potentially at stake in terms of Champions League qualification via Serie A’s top-four.
For their part, last season’s runners up Lazio have had a miserable start to the new season and are languishing in 16th place on seven points. In mitigation, Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri has been juggling injury problems, but he may have stumbled across a solution to his problem in the Eagles’ Champions League victory over Celtic earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Atalanta are doing much better, and could move into the top four if they overcome Lazio on Sunday. The match will take place at the Stadio Olimpico and kick off is scheduled for 14:00 UK time.
Lazio vs Atalanta predicted lineups
Lazio vs Atalanta Serie A team news
The biggest injury concern for Sarri coming into the match against Atalanta surrounds star man, Ciro Immobile. The Italian striker scored 12 goals and provided five assists in Serie A last season and has two goals to his name so far this season. Unfortunately, he suffered a flexor injury against Celtic and is expected to miss this weekend’s match.
With Immobile unlikely to play, Taty Castellanos is the most likely player to take his spot at the top end of the pitch for Lazio. The Argentinian striker signed for the club in the summer and is still awaiting his first goal for the club – what he would give to break his duck on Sunday.
The absence of Immobile could also result in a start for Pedro. The experienced winger came up trumps with a huge goal for Lazio against Celtic on Wednesday and momentum could see him get a start on Sunday. If he does, then Zaccagni would have to settle for a place on the bench.
Lazio predicted lineup
Provedel, Marusic, Romagnoli, Casale, Hysaj, Alberto, Rovella, Guendouzi, Pedro, Castellanos, Anderson
The big news from the Atalanta camp this week is that Gianluca Scamacca is fit again after a spell on the sidelines. The ex-West Ham striker returned as a substitute in Atalanta’s 2-0 away win against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday and is in line for a start here.
Either side of Scamacca could be Charles De Ketelaere and Ademola Lookma with Gian Piero Gasperini keen for pace to surround Scamacca at the top of the pitch. Behind them, De Roon and Ederson are expected to keep their places as the midfield two.
At the back, Berat Djimisti is a doubt with a muscle injury which is a problem for Gasperini as he usually likes to stick with a settled defence. If Djimisti is unavailable then Rafael Toloi is the most likely to come in due to his ability to play in a back three.
Atalanta predicted lineup
Musso, Toloi, Scalvini, Kolasinac, Zappacosta, De Roon, Ederson, Ruggeri, Lookman, Scamacca, De Ketelaere
Featured duel: Pedro vs Musso
A big problem for Lazio so far this season has been finding the back of the net so the last team they probably want to play is Atalanta. Gasperini’s men have the best defensive record in Serie A having only conceded five goals so far and a lot of that is down to goalkeeper, Juan Musso.
The Argentinian stopper has the highest save percentage of any goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues this season so Lazio are going to need elite finishing to get past him. One man who has consistently been an elite finisher throughout his career is ex-Barcelona man, Pedro. The Spaniard netted the winner in the last minute against Celtic on Wednesday and deserves to start on Sunday.
Lazio vs Atalanta predicted lineup – The final word
Last-minute winners can do wonders for any team and Pedro’s winner against Celtic could prove to be a springboard for Lazio after a poor start to the season. We are backing them to follow that last-gasp win with another victory here.
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