Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Gewiss Stadium will host Saturday’s matinee between Atalanta and Lecce, the two teams who were beaten by Bologna and Inter respectively on Matchday 17. The Orobici aim to stay in the Champions League race and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Giallorossi. All Toure, Palomino, and Toloi should miss out with injuries for the home side.
Lecce, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the festive fixture, but preventing Atalanta attackers from scoring in Bergamo is easier said than done. To make things even worse for the away team, important forward Lameck Banda misses the match through suspension. Defender Marin Pongracic is banned for the match as well. In their last meeting at the venue Lecce defeated Atalanta 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. You should bear in mind that over 2.5 goals have been netted in each of the previous four encounters between the two sides.
Highlighted Player (Marten de Roon):
After spending his youth career in ASWH, Feyenoord and Sparta Rotterdam, Marten de Roon made his senior debut on 27 March 2010. The midfielder played for Sparta against Twente back then, but he made no more than three appearances for de Kasteelheren in the 2009/2010 season.
Marten de Roon joined Heerenveen in 2012 and in 2015 he moved to Serie A side Atalanta. He made 36 appearances for Atalanta in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, but on 4 July, 2016, he signed a contract with Middlesbrough for a reported fee of £12m. The Dutch footballer scored one goal in three appearances for Netherlands U19 team.
Marten de Roon was born in Zwinjndrecht, Netherlands on 29 March, 1991. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive and attacking midfielder as well. Martin de Roon is a right-footed footballer and he is 185 cm tall.
Highlighted Team (Lecce):
When you imagine a yellow-red shirt, Lecce must be the first club that comes to your mind. Founded back in 1908, Lecce are Italian club that will compete in the Serie A in the 2019/2020 season. The Giallorossi return to the Italian top flight following a seven-year absence and, as always, they will host their rivals at Stadio Via del Mare.
The venue which was opened on September 11, 1966 can hold up to 33,876 people. The likes of Antonio Conte, Graziano Pelle, Javier Chevanton, Juan Cuadrado, Mirko Vucinic, Fabrizio Miccoli and Massimo Oddo are one of the most notable footballers who played for the Italian club in the past.
Lecce and Gallipoli face each other in the Salento derby and there have been fireworks in meetings between the two clubs since the 2009/2010 Serie B season when they first met in the league.