Valencia v Atalanta Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Mestalla

Punter's Pick

Both sides like to attack and do not have particularly strong defences at this level to secure many clean sheets, therefore there should be goals on offer. Over 3.5 goals at 11/10 with Bet365 looks a great shout given Valencia have no choice but to attack in order to overturn their three goal deficit, which should lead to an open and entertaining encounter.

The home side do not lose many at home, so although they may not be able to claw back a three goal disadvantage, they should still be backed to at least restore some pride with a victory – back them at a generous looking 15/8 with Betfair to do so.

 

Spanish side Valencia face an uphill struggle against free scoring Atalanta, as they look to overturn a daunting 4-1 deficit against the Italian side after a humbling first leg defeat.

Can Valencia repeat a famous Spain v Italy clash?

If the Spanish side were looking for inspiration, recent seasons have taught us anything is possible in the Champions League, with Liverpool’s astounding win against Barcelona last season, AS Roma also doing a number on the Spanish giants the previous year, and Barca themselves overturning a 4-0 deficit to beat PSG 6-1 in another famous comeback in recent times.

In terms of Spanish v Italian sides, Valencia could do a lot worse than take a look at a game from the archives – Deportivo La Coruna were trailing Italian giants AC Milan 4-1 in 2004 going into the second leg, in a seemingly hopeless position just like Valencia find themselves now. However an inspired display saw Deportivo win 4-0 and progress, showing there is hope of a miracle.

Free scoring Italians continue to impress

Not content with blowing away Valencia 4-1 in the first leg, Atalanta then went on to win a remarkable away game at Lecce 7-2, after squandering a two goal lead to go in at half time 2-2. That was the last time the Italian side has been in action, with fears over the spread of coronavirus meaning their weekend Serie A fixture was postponed.

At the heart of Atalanta’s dream run in the Champions League and another potential top four finish in Serie A has been the free scoring trio of Josip Illicic, Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata. The prolific attackers have notched up an impressive 42 goals between them, with Muriel in particular enjoying his most productive season ever in terms of goals after disappointing spells at Fiorentina and Sevilla prior to joining Atalanta.

Team News

Valencia have suspension and injury problems to contend with as well as a three goal deficit – Gabriel Paulista is whilst Ezequiel Garay, Maxi Gómez and Cristiano Piccini are all ruled out through injury.

Atalanta’s only major concern is Rafael Tolói, who is struggling with a muscle problem. Otherwise manager Gian Piero Gasperini has a fully fit squad to choose from, although several key players are a yellow card away from missing the quarter finals first-leg should they progress.

Atalanta should progress

Despite the Mestalla being one of the more noisy and intimidating grounds in Europe, the home side look short on confidence and quality in recent weeks, and with a suspect defence they surely will not be able to hold Atalanta at bay for the full 90 mins. Whilst the Italian side sometimes compromise on defensive stability for attacking threat, it would be a major surprise if they conceded four goals to Valencia without reply, and therefore should progress to the next round.

Punter's Pick

Both sides like to attack and do not have particularly strong defences at this level to secure many clean sheets, therefore there should be goals on offer. Over 3.5 goals at 11/10 with Bet365 looks a great shout given Valencia have no choice but to attack in order to overturn their three goal deficit, which should lead to an open and entertaining encounter.

The home side do not lose many at home, so although they may not be able to claw back a three goal disadvantage, they should still be backed to at least restore some pride with a victory – back them at a generous looking 15/8 with Betfair to do so.

 

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