Here is the latest form and team news from Atalanta and RB Leipzig:
Gasperini’s charges are not in the form they hoped for, struggling to close out games and failing to win any of their last 3 competitive fixtures (two losses and one draw). They have, however, been impressive against German opposition in the Europa League, winning two and drawing one of three encounters in all.
Atalanta have also struggled to convert their chances in recent weeks, scoring one or fewer per game in their last 6 matches. Their ability to turn on the heat in crucial matches is one to look out for, and it suggests they still have a say in how this match is expected to play out. Luis Muriel is also in fine form for the Italian side, scoring in three straight games on the continent, and he represents a bright spot in attack for Gasperini’s team.
For injuries and suspensions, Josip Ilicic, Bryan Cabezas, Berat Djimsiti and Remo Freuler are doubts to feature for Atalanta as they are currently on the sidelines due to injuries.
RB Leipzig returned to winning ways over the weekend, thrashing Hoffenheim by 3 goals to nil in front of their home fans. That win extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games in a row, 8 wins and 4 draws, and the Germans will know they can go to Bergamo and get the desired result as they look more like an in-form team than their hosts.
After losing two games on the road in the Champions League, RB Leipzig won 5-0 at Club Brugge before seeing off Real Sociedad by 3 goals to 1 in their away fixture before the Europa League quarter finals. Two wins and two losses in four away games do not tell the full story, but Leipzig’s present form suggests they will be a hard nut to crack for any team in Europe.
For injuries and absences, Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara will have to sit this one out as he is sidelined with a knee injury.