Udinese v Roma
Considering the start that Roma have had to the new campaign, this could look like another fairly simple fixture to continue building the belief that they can push for the Scudetto this season.
Jose Mourinho will be well aware though that Udinese are always a tough nut to crack and they have won their last two matches; 2-1 away at Monza and then an impressive 1-0 win at home against Fiorentina. They’re sitting comfortably in ninth after four games and it seems like they could be set for another season with a healthy buffer to the relegation scrap whilst picking up some interesting results along the way.
Getting a result at home to this Roma team could prove a step too far for them though as they come up against a team that has conceded once all season and that was a superb free kick from Dusan Vlahovic against Juventus.
Roma beat Monza 3-0 last time out and it felt like the floodgates had opened somewhat for the new-look attack and particularly for Paulo Dybala who got his first two goals for Roma in front of an adoring Stadio Olimpico.
It is easy to see Roma just continuing this early season form and getting the win by perhaps only one or two goals, but they will feel that they have shown enough this season already to keep Udinese out at the other end.
Monza vs Atalanta
There was an incredible amount of pessimism around Atalanta as the season got underway as they had just sold Remo Freuler to Nottingham Forest for a low fee and then social media activity suggested that Ruslan Malinovskyi was on his way too. There were murmurings of players falling out with Gian Piero Gasperini and the picture started to look a bit bleak.
Fast forward four games of football and they are the league leaders with 10, level only with Roma. Teun Koopmeiners has found a vein of goalscoring form as he scored the only goal in the 1-0 away win at Hellas Verona on matchday three and then he scored a hat-trick at home to Torino on Thursday night.
When you factor in this impressive form with the fact that they are facing the team who have shown the least amount of quality in Serie A so far this season, it is hard not to back them to get all three points.
Monza have been extremely active in the transfer market but Silvio Berlusconi’s project has not continued in the way he’d have liked and expected in their first ever Serie A season. They are one of only two teams to lose all four games so far and they have only found the net twice.
It would seriously undermine the good work that Atalanta have done so far this season if they did not take all three points from this fixture against the Brianza.
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