KICK off: 3 April 16:00
Team news: Long-term injury victim Hans Hateboer should be the only major cog missing from Atalanta’s well-oiled machine upon their return to action, with goalscoring wing-back Robin Gosens and January signing Joakim Maehle likely to start on the flanks in his continued absence. Following his Italy debut in midweek, Rafael Toloi should helm the back three, ahead of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini – favourite to start over recent number one Marco Sportiello. Colombian forwards Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel had the opportunity to train in Bergamo during the international period, as the South American qualifiers were postponed, so should be in prime condition to resume their respective roles as starting striker and second-half supersub. Visitors Udinese are again set to be without Mato Jajalo, Ignacio Pussetto and Gerard Deulofeu, who all remain injured. Despite their lack of potency in the final third, coach Luca Gotti is likely to persist with an attacking partnership featuring Roberto Pereyra playing just off veteran target man Fernando Llorente. Offensive options on the bench include former Italy striker Stefano Okaka and Ilija Nestorovski, who was ejected from the North Macedonia camp after a controversial goal celebration against Liechtenstein and did not feature in his nation’s historic defeat of Germany.
Prediction: Over 2,5 goals
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