Atalanta will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they make the brief trip across Lombardy to take on Serie A newbies Monza in the fifth round of the 2022/23 season.
Venue: Brianteo (Monza)
Monza have scored just two goals in the league this season. Only Sampdoria have scored fewer goals.
The hosts have conceded eleven goals in the league in four games, which is the most in the league.
Atalanta have kept two clean sheets in their last two away games.
Only one of Atalanta’s last six SA away wins over newly-promoted sides has seen them get a clean sheet.
Head to head
In four league meetings between both sides, Atalanta have three wins and one loss.
Latest performances in all competition
Monza will look to get their top-flight win of the season when they welcome top-of-the-table Atalanta to Brianteo on Monday.
The hosts who made their debut in the Serie A this season have begun the campaign with four straight losses. Their last outing was a 3-0 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Roma side, taking their goals conceded for the season to eleven goals.
So they come into this tie sitting at the bottom of the table with zero points. Monza are already relegation favourites and going into this tie they will be desperate to avoid another defeat and so become only the third top-flight debutants ever to lose all of their opening five league games.
The other two clubs that lost their first five games in the Serie A (Treviso and Benevento, in 2005 and 2017 respectively) were both relegated, and that only puts extra pressure on Monza to stay resilient, in what will be the first head-to-head with Atalanta since March 2000.
Possible Monza starting line-up
Michele Di Gregorio; Luca Caldirola, Luca Marrone, Andrea Carboni; Carlos Augusto, Samuele Birindelli, Andrea Colpani, Stefano Sensi, Matteo Pessina; Gianluca Caprari, Andrea Petagna.
Injured: Pablo Marí, Andrea Ranocchia, Marco D’Alessandro, Jose Palomino, Simone Muratore, Berat Djimsiti
Doubtful: Marco Carnesecchi
After an indifferent ending to their previous season, Atalanta have flown out of the blocks this year, winning three of their opening four games to go top of the table after four rounds of games.
The visitors have only dropped points this season once, and that came against AC Milan on the second matchday of the season.
A 3-1 win over Torino in midweek ensured that Atalanta bettered the four-game start they made back in 2020/21, which is the club’s latest season to see Champions League qualification.
They will travel to Monza looking to record three straight away wins for the first time since early last year, having started the season with two straight wins without conceding a goal.
They will fancy their chances of getting a win given their sound record from Serie A away matches against promoted sides across the previous two seasons (W5, D1).
Possible Atalanta starting line-up
Juan Musso; Rafael Toloi, Merih Demiral, Giorgio Salvini; Brandon Soppy, Marten De Roon, Teun Koopmeiners, Davide Zappacosta; Ederson Jose, Mario Pasalic; Rasmus Hojlund.
Monza 0-3 Atalanta