Atalanta vs. Parma – Expect the unexpected

In a limbo between Serie A and B, Parma will be happy to have grabbed all three points against a fiery Siena last weekend. Their opponents Atalanta might have finally come alive this season after a 3-1 victory over Udinese, and it could be followed by another against the Gialloblu, a team that have successfully mixed youth and experience with the likes of Alberto Poloschi and Christian Panucci. The former Roma defender is a tough centre-back and will want to prove to everyone that age is no barrier to quality. At the other end of the spectrum Paloschi will want to show people that Alexandre Pato is not the only Milan teenager with something special.

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Atalanta

Atalanta will have home advantage and will be on the hunt for another win. The Nerazzurri are currently in 17th place and have recorded just one won win after a disastrous start to the Serie A campaign. Under new Coach Antonio Conte, they are not to be underestimated, as Udinese discovered. They have the hunger to get the job done, and have history on their side – the last meeting between these two produced a 3-2 scoreline in favour of la Dea. Simone Tiribocchi has been on the score sheet for the past three games, and will be looking to make that four in a row.

1 Consigli


8 Garics – 26 Pellegrino – 13 Peluso – 6 Bellini


22 Padoin – 16 De Ascentis – 17 Guarente – 20 Valdés


72 Doni – 90 Tiribocchi


Parma

Parma’s main objective was to stave off relegation – they are currently enjoying a place near the top of the table. Alberto Paloschi has recently had to make do with a place on the bench, having started the season brilliantly. Veteran Nicola Amoruso and Valeri Bojinov should keep their places in the 3-5-2 system. Cristian Zaccardo, Christian Panucci, and Alessandro Lucarelli will be expected shut-out red-hot Tiribocchi.

83 Mirante


5 – Zaccardo – 2 Panucci – 6 Lucarelli


19 Zenoni – 10 Dzemaili – 4 Morrone – 14 Galloppa – 7 Castellini


86 Bojinov – 23 Amoruso


Atalanta Coach Conte will look to build on their maiden victory in Week 8. The last thing that he would want is to be caught up at the bottom with the other relegation strugglers. Yet, such is the proximity of the teams in the middle of the table, a couple of wins would see them leap towards safety. Parma are in a much more favourable position at this moment, yet just as Chievo last season managed to escape relegation despite being in a dire position at Christmas, Parma can tumble towards the foot of the division with a turn in form. Despite the heady heights they are currently scaling, retaining a Serie A place will still be the objective for their Coach Francesco Guidolin. Early accumulation of points, as is usually the case with teams fighting to stay in the top division, will be key to survival.

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