NEWS
Saturday December 7 2019
Line-ups: Atalanta v Verona

Atalanta look to Luis Muriel, Josip Ilicic and Papu Gomez in a full-strength side, while high-flying Hellas Verona reshuffle in defence.

It kicks off at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo at 14.00 GMT.

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Gian Piero Gasperini is again doing extraordinary things with limited resources, as Atalanta are currently sixth in the Serie A table and know a win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday would send them into the Champions League Round of 16.

Duvan Zapata is still out of action with that serious thigh injury, but captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez starts despite carrying a knock, supporting Ilicic and Muriel.

It should be a good game for Ilicic, because he famously scored a hat-trick against Verona in March 2018.

Verona are also surprising many, as after their promotion via the Serie B play-offs, they are in eighth place, only two points off Napoli.

It is testament to their coach, Ivan Juric, who worked with Gasperini as both a player and assistant manager.

Koray Gunter is suspended, with Marash Kumbulla, Daniel Bessa, Eddie Salcedo, Lubomir Tupta and Emmanuel Badu injured.

Pawel Dawidowicz gets the nod rather than Alan Empereur in a revamped defence with Salvatore Bocchetti, while Samuel Di Carmine is again chosen ahead of Mariusz Stepinski upfront.

Verona have won only one of their last 15 Serie A trips to Atalanta, 2-1 in 2014, along with eight defeats and six draws.

Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Palomino; Hateboer, Pasalic, Freuler, Castagne; Gomez; Ilicic, Muriel

Verona: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Dawidowicz, Bocchetti; Faraoni, Amrabat, Veloso, Lazovic; Zaccagni, Pessina; Di Carmine

Ref: Valeri

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