Valencia – Atalanta prediction
Valencia host Atalanta in a rematch of the 1/8-finals in the Champions League. The meeting is on Tuesday at 10 pm at Mestaya Station, which will not open its doors to the public because of the coronavirus. The Italians, who were considered an outsider, have been a top favorite for the top 8 since their debut, having won their first meeting with 4-1.
Now the “Bergamasks” will be in good physical condition because they have only played one game since then, while the “bats” have had three whole matches. Psychologically, however, their situation is having a negative impact, and this cannot but be reflected in the terrain in Spain.
Atalanta has had five wins and one draw in the last six games, scoring 24 goals and getting seven. All these matches end with more than 2.5 goals, and on average in the championship they have 3.2 goals per game. The team is the most productive in Serie A, where it has scored an impressive 70 goals in 25 games. And in the Champions League is in a series of three consecutive wins.
Italian coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no problems with injured and punished players, with only Berat Jimsitti and Rafael Toloi having minor pain. Gasperini is likely to bet on a more defensive scheme, which means fewer goals.
Valencia coach Albert Selades will be without the injured Ezekiel Garay, Maxi Gomez, Cristiano Pichini and Eliakim Mangala, and at the last moment will decide on Manu Vallejo.
The Bats are in turmoil, with just one success in their last seven games in all tournaments, where they have racked up four losses with a negative 6:17 margin. At home Valencia has had two successes and 2-2 with Atletico M in their last three games.
Today’s rivals have only played once officially – in the first 1/8-finals last month. So far in history, only four teams have eliminated a contender after losing the first match by three goals. However, this is unlikely to happen to Valencia, and my prognosis is goal / goal. In reality, the match is triple and anyone can beat, and this bet option seems to me to be the most appropriate.