Beating – the undefeated at home – Lazio may serve as a morale boost and a turning point. Three wins in a row means little if not followed up so the morale boost and lots more hard work is required. Atalanta visit the San Siro in decent shape with players like Mauricio Pinilla and Daro Gomez in good form, but after a heavy loss away to Bologna.
The week 11 Lazio win was not without its casualties as Alex and Bertolacci came off injured and are not available for week 12. Mexes who came on and soon after scored a goal will partner Romagnoli this time and the midfield needs to be changed yet again. Montolivo, Kucka and Poli look like the trio to make it with de Jong a possibility as well.
For the front three there is a dilemma too. Bonaventura’s yellow at Lazio has him suspended for week 12 and Mihajlovic has to choose between Honda and the returning Niang. Starting the player who has been sidelined since August seems a big a risk but all indications are that it will happen. Therefore the 4-3-3 will persist and the hope is Cerci will continue his relative good form.
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