For a side on the slide of late, Atalanta have nonetheless kept things relatively tight at the back – their 14 goals conceded at home is the ninth best record in the league, blemished primarily by the three let in against potent attacking outfits Napoli and Fiorentina respectively.
That the Bianconeri can expect to come up against a determined defence in Bergamo is also backed up the fact that Reja’s charges have made the sixth highest number of tackles (209) at home and only 16 other teams in Serie A have won back the ball more than their 881 times. Bear in mind also that Atalanta have played one less encounter (13, instead of 14) in front of their fans than all of the sides to sit above them in the aforementioned rankings.
Going forwards, meanwhile, the Nerazzurri are highly in favour of focusing their attacks out wide, whipping in 24 crosses on average at home – the most in the division. Further evidence for their preference for foraying down the flanks is the diagram below.