Third-placed Atalanta will host 13th-placed Lecce on Sunday at 11:30 GMT as they look to fortify their position inside Serie A’s top four ahead of the chasing pack.
Atalanta bounced back to winning ways from the surprise 1-0 defeat away to Sassuolo by winning impressively away to Lazio. They will be looking to bolster this advantage when they host Lecce this weekend as they look to open up a gap in the top four from the chasing pack.
Lecce have experienced a revival of form in the last two matches, where they have won one and drawn one. However, over the last five, they have won just once and picked up 5 points from the available 15.
Atalanta will be without Mario Pasalic (distortion of the ankle), Duvan Zapata (hamstring), and Hans Hateboer (cruciate ligament rupture). Giorgio Scalvini and Marten de Roon are also suspended and unavailable for the clash.
The Lecce team will be without Marin Pongracic (ankle), Kastriot Dermaku (pubalgia), Youssef Maleh (ankle), Kristoffer Askildsen (influenza), and Samuel Umtiti (muscle fatigue); these are all unavailable this weekend.
Atalanta will play on the front foot, push from the beginning, and put Lecce under pressure through pressing and counter-pressing. Although Lecce will try to be compact, Atalanta will have too much for them, and the hosts will take all three points.
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