NEWS
Sunday March 3 2019
Line-ups: Atalanta v Fiorentina

Just days after their 3-3 Coppa Italia semi-final thriller, Atalanta and Fiorentina face off again in a fight for Serie A European places.

It kicks off in Bergamo at 17.00 GMT.

You can follow all the build-up and action as happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.

These teams played out a magnificent game of football on Wednesday evening at the Stadio Franchi, a result that leaves a ticket to the Coppa Italia Final still up for grabs ahead of the second leg in April.

Berat Djimsiti and Remo Freuler were suspended in the Coppa, but return to the starting XI for Atalanta this evening.

Rafael Toloi is not 100 per cent fit, so veteran Andrea Masiello steps in with Gianluca Mancini.

Papu Gomez made his comeback midweek from injury and with Josip Ilicic supports hitman Duvan Zapata, but Pierluigi Gollini is a surprise pick in goal.

Fiorentina have captain German Pezzella back in the defence after his injury lay-off, although Kevin Mirallas is still unavailable.

Stefano Pioli is heeding the lessons from the Coppa match and changing his system to 3-4-3, with a trident attack of Federico Chiesa, Luis Muriel and Giovanni Simeone.

Atalanta have not beaten Fiorentina in Serie A since April 2012, managing only four draws and nine defeats.

Meanwhile, the Viola haven’t lost any of the last nine Serie A away fixtures, on the verge of their best run since 13 in October 1982.

In every Serie A game this weekend, there will be a pause at the 13th minute to remember Davide Astori, who died a year ago tomorrow.

It’s going to be particularly emotional here for two reasons, as Astori was the Fiorentina captain when he passed away, but he hailed from near Bergamo and is buried just 25km away.

A group of Fiorentina fans who made the trip to Bergamo visited his grave to lay flowers before the match.

Atalanta: Gollini; Masiello, Mancini, Djimsiti; Gosens, De Roon, Freuler, Castagne; Gomez; Ilicic, Duvan Zapata

Atalanta bench: Berisha, Rossi, Palomino, Reca, Pessina, Hateboer, Ibanez, Kulusevski, Pasalic, Barrow

Fiorentina: Lafont; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Ceccherini; Laurini, Edimilson Fernandes, Veretout, Biraghi; Chiesa, Simeone, Muriel

Atalanta bench: Terracciano, Brancolini, Norgaard, Gerson, Pjaca, Mirallas, Dabo, Hancko, Benassi, Graiciar, Vitor Hugo