Brivio is suspended, so Colantuono will play Del Grosso, who just moved from Siena.
Maxi Moralez will start on the bench once again, with Bonaventura in the trequartista role.
Denis will play up front, having been involved in some unsuccessful transfer talks in the last few days.
Palermo have failed to win any of their last 8 matches and now Gasperini's job is insecure. A match against Atalanta at home is one that the Rosanero need to win, otherwise safety could be even more distant.
The Bergamasca are also struggling to win, with their last victory dating back to early December. Colantuono is not staring a relegation battle in the face yet, but defeat here could mean that Atalanta are dragged into a fight until the very end.
Both teams are clearly not playing well. Atalanta had a good game against Milan, but a stronger opponent usually leads to improved focus and the team avoiding big mistakes. Atalanta and Palermo both lack a working style and they may try to find temporary solutions to get points, like exploiting set pieces.
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