Torino began their 2020/21 Serie A campaign on the wrong foot, suffering a 1-0 loss to Fiorentina last weekend.
Atalanta were given an extra week of rest because they were involved in the latter stages of the Champions League and come into their match-day one seeking a winning start.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s charges powered to a third-place finish last season, just five points off leaders Juventus, as well as being the highest goal scorers with a resounding 98 goals.
Torino, on the other hand, could only manage a 16th place finish, five points above the dreaded relegation zone.
What time does Torino vs Atalanta start?
The game kicks off at 4 pm Kenyan time at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
Torino vs Atalanta team news
Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza are expected to lead the home side attacking line, with the same starting XI from the loss to Fiorentina.
Ricardo Rodriguez will have to wait for his debut due to a hip problem.
The visitors come into the game with plenty injury concerns. The likes of Aleksei Miranchuk, Josip Ilicic and Matteo Pessina all sidelined.
Jose Luis Pasemino and Duvan Zapata have recovered from the coronavirus and are expected to start.
Torino vs Atalanta head to head
There isn’t much separating these sides judging by their past matches.
Atalanta and Torino have both won 11 times against each other, with another 10 matches ending in a stalemate.
The last match pitting these two teams against each other in January, saw Atalanta demolish their hosts 7-0, inspired by an Ilicic hat-trick.
Torino vs Atalanta prediction
A brave man would tip the away side to win without flinching but I am not convinced it will be that easy, despite them winning all four of their pre-season friendlies.
Though, a better team on paper, Atalanta could be held to a draw by the hosts on Saturday.