Atalanta are looking to continue their impressive start to the Europa League as they face Austrian side Sturm Graz on Thursday night.
Sturm Graz currently sit 3rd in Europa League Group D with one win and one loss from their first two games of the campaign.
The Austrians began with a 1-2 defeat at home to Sporting CP before chalking their first points on the board with a 1-0 win away in Rakow Czestochowa last time out.
Sturm Graz have generally had a very tough time of things when playing in this competition having won just seven of their last twenty-five Europa League matches so they're hoping to give a good account of themselves this time out considering they're in such good shape.
They've been fairly unlucky to have been drawn into such a strong group and having already lost to Sporting CP at home they need to make sure they take six points from their remaining two home games to give themselves the best possible chance of reaching the knockout stages.
They're absolutely flying in their domestic league as they sit top of the table, ahead of RB Salzburg, having won nine of their eleven league games and are also coming into this one having won their last six matches in a row in all competitions.
Atalanta will be a hugely tough test for Sturm Graz but this is potentially the strongest side they've had in a while so they should be hopeful of a positive result.
Atalanta currently sit top of Europa League Group D with two wins from their first two games of the campaign.
The Italian side kicked off with a 2-0 win over Rakow Czestochowa before making it two on the bounce with an excellent 2-1 win away in Portugal against Sporting CP.
The win in Lisbon, courtesy of goals from Giorgio Scalvini and Matteo Ruggeri, was a huge one for Atalanta and it puts them firmly in the driver's seat in terms of topping this group.
They've finished 5th in Serie A last season and they look to be a similar level this time around as they find themselves 6th in the league table and in decent form having won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five games in all competitions.
Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca has yet to fully explode in an Atalanta shirt but the hope is still that his best is yet to come and if that is the case then we could still see Gasperini's side reach a new level.
With regards to this game, it's a sneakily tough encounter for the Serie A side but having already won in Lisbon they'll feel like this one is theirs to lose.
For our Sturm Graz vs. Atalanta prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the away side.