Atalanta gunning for a Champions League place at AC Milan's expense
Atalanta can go within a point of fourth-placed AC Milan tonight with a win against an improving Bologna side.
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Unbeaten at home to Bologna since January 2009, Atalanta are just three points behind the top-four, after three wins in four Serie A (SA) games (W3, D1). The twin losses in mid-February remain their only defeats since Christmas 2018 in 12 league games (W7, D3, L2). Bologna themselves are on a three-match unbeaten streak which has lifted them out of the relegation zone. Atalanta can go within a point of Milan, who drew with Udinese on Tuesday, with a win here.
15 of Atalanta's 29 Serie A matches this season have produced over 3.5 goals, which underlines the entertainment factor that they bring to the Italian top-flight. Atalanta has won their last six home matches against Bologna and this pattern could continue here again in an action-packed clash.
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Gian Piero Gasperini rotated his Atalanta squad on Sunday and will probably continue to do so. This time Josip Ilicic should be a starter, while one of Robin Gosens and Hans Hateboer might drop out. For the visitors, Federico Santander is back at full fitness, but coach Sinisa Mihajlovic might want to avoid risking him from the off. Lyanco is also available after serving a suspension, and he is expected to feature from the start.
Josip Iličić’s six Serie A assists for Atalanta this season have all come at home, while experienced Bologna striker Rodrigo Palacio has three goals and three assists in Serie A this season, all away from home.