Atalanta BC - Valencia CF betting tip & odds comparison 19.02.2020
In gameweek 1 of Champions League, Atalanta will host Valencia FC at Giuseppe Meazza. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM on Feb 19, 2020 With our match prediction and odds comparison for Atalanta vs. Valencia FC you are guaranteed to get all the important facts and details for this fixture. First and foremost, we will take a close look at the teams' recent performances.
Atalanta were victorious in 2 of their previous 5 league matches (2 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats. In the current Champions League season 2019/2020, Atalanta were able to win 1 of their 3 games at home, with a total of 1 draw, and 1 defeat (Goal difference 4:3).
In their last 5 Champions League fixtures, Valencia FC have won 2 games (2 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat). In all previous Champions League matches away from home, Valencia FC have a positive record: 2 wins, 1 draw and 0 defeats - Goal difference 3:1.
Atalanta – Valencia
Atalanta play host to Valencia in a potentially intriguing battle of underdogs UEFA Champions’ League round of 16 first Leg match up at the San Siro. Here is our betting tip for this Champions League match up.
Atalanta are participating in their maiden Champions League campaign. They had a slow start during the group stage, failing to win any of the four opening matches (lost three and drew one) but saved the best for last to qualify for the last 16 knockout phase in dramatic fashion by thumping Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 away at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.
On the domestic front, they have had a stellar season thus far and are on course for a return to the Champions League for a second successive term. They currently occupy the 4th Champions League slot in the Seria A table with a six-point cushion over 5th placed AS Roma who they beat 2-1 over the weekend. They dominated the Giallorossi in every facet of that game and played with the verve and swag that has seen them score the most goals in the Seria A so far with a massive haul of 63 goals.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no major injury concerns ahead of this tie. Forward Duvan Zapata returned from injury and played in that Roma game. With a virtually healthy squad and a good vibe in the team following a run of positive results, La Dea are buoyant coming into this game and their fans will troop to the San Siro stadium with an air of optimism and expectation.
Just like their opponents Atalanta, they too struggled at the start of this competition. It took a shock 0-1 away win at last year’s surprise package Ajax to not only secure passage to this stage but to also top the group. This win coupled with another away win over Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge certainly gives Valencia confidence coming into this tie and shows their knack for rising up to the occasion when the lights shine bright at the big stage.
They have nevertheless struggled for form and consistency in La Liga this season. They have dropped to 7th position on the log. They have lost two of their last three league games, with their defence shipping in seven goals in that run. Certainly not ideal when they are up against the top scoring Italian team this season. With Gabriel suspended and Ezequiel Garay ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament tear, it appears like Los Ches defensive struggles might persist in the interim.
They will be counting on forward Rodrigo upfront to continue his prolific form particularly in this competition. He scored the winner against Chelsea in game week one and was the hero once again in Amsterdam against Ajax in the winner-take all final group game that booked their ticket to this stage as group winners.
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Betting Tips and Prediction
The only meeting between these two sides was a club friendly back in 2017 which ended 2-1 in favor of Atalanta. Atalanta are coming into the game on the back of a good run of results but will be wary of a Valencia side that proved during the group stages that when it comes to this competition, they have extensive experience and will always have a fighter’s chance. Valencia are nevertheless lacking their defensive mettle and it will be an uphill task to keep out the free flowing Atalanta attack. On account of this and depth of the respective squads, we expect thrilling encounter on Wednesday night that should see BOTH teams scoring but still have the home team come out victors. Our predictions for the game are therefore: Atalanta Win @ 1.71, Goals Over 2.5 @ 1.65 and BTTS @1.70. You can find these odds and many other betting options at 22bet. Here is our 22bet review.