NEWS
Monday April 15 2019
Line-ups: Atalanta v Empoli

Atalanta can leapfrog Roma into fifth place in the Serie A table tonight if they beat an Empoli side stuck inside the relegation zone.

It kicks off at 19.30 UK Time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Bergamo boys can make a huge statement on their march to European qualification for next season if they take all three points against the Tuscan side.

Josip Ilicic is deemed fit enough to start for Gian Piero Gasperini’s team and will play in behind Papu Gomez and top goal scorer Duvan Zapata, who has 20 goals to his name this season.

The Colombian returns to the starting XI after he was suspended for the draw with Inter.

In midfield, the duo of Remo Frueler and Marten De Roon take charge of the engine room, while Robin Gosens starts at left wing-back.

Hans Hateboer starts on the right while the defence is made up of Jose Luis Palomino, Gianluca Mancini, and Andrea Masiello with Pierluigi Gollini starts between the posts.

Meanwhile, Empoli are desperate for points to climb out of the bottom three and Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli has a reshuffle in the centre of his defence to contend with, as Matias Silvestre is injured and Domenico Maietta is suspended.

Therefore, 20-year-old Greek defender Dimitris Nickolaou comes in for his first start and will join Cristian Dell’Orco and Frederic Veseli in the back three.

Ismael Bennacer takes charge of the midfield, with Rade Krunic and Hamed Traore flanking him.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Luca Antonelli are given the nod in the wing-back roles while Bartlomiej Dragowski takes over in goals.

Brazilian Diego Farias joins top goal scorer Francesco Caputo who has scored 14 times up front.

Atalanta: Gollini; Mancini, Palomino, Masiello; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Ilicic; Duvan Zapata

Atalanta Bench: Berisha, Rossi, Gosens, Djimisti, Ibanez, Reca, Kulusevski, Pessina, Pasalic, Barrow, Piccoli

Empoli: Dragowski; Veseli, Nickolaou, Dell'Orco; Di Lorenzo, Traoré, Bennacer, Krunic, Antonelli; Farias, Caputo

Empoli bench: Provedel, Perucchini; Brighi, Mchedlidze, Acquah, Pasqual, Capezzi, Rasmussen, Oberlin

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