Monday night’s visitors Atalanta have endured a tough campaign on the road this season, where they have claimed just 14 points from their overall haul of 47.
However, after picking up just one win on their travels throughout the first half of the season, the Nerazzurri then experienced a remarkable upturn of fortunes during the month of March, when three triumphs wins formed part of a club record six consecutive Serie A successes.
The first from this trio came against 10-man Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico, where the hosts’ European aspirations were dealt a significant blow by Maxi Moralez’s strike on the hour mark.
Two weeks later, on March 23, Stefano Colantuono’s charges silenced the San Siro with a dramatic last-gasp success over Inter. After seeing Giacomo Bonaventura’s opener on 35 minutes swiftly cancelled out by Mauro Icardi, Atalanta resisted heavy Inter pressure before pouncing to snatch all three points in the dying stages through Bonaventura’s second of the afternoon.
Colantuono’s men then travelled to face relegation threatened Bologna at the Stadio Dall'Ara, where they wrapped up the points courtesy of two first-half goals in the space of four minutes. A cagey opening to the encounter was brought to life by Giuseppe De Luca’s goal on 22 minutes, before former Juventus winger Marcelo Estigarribia stunned the home faithful with a sumptuous 30-yard effort moments later.
But the Nerazzurri’s failure to carry their strong form into April has seen their late surge for a European place hit the buffers in recent weeks, and it was the Bianconeri’s title rivals Roma who emerged victorious in Atalanta’s last trip away from Bergamo, winning 3-1 to keep up the heat on Antonio Conte’s men.