Atalanta v Valencia Betting Tips & Predictions
Atalanta have been one of the stories of the Champions League this season, with the Italian side actually entering the group stage with the second lowest UEFA coefficient and things looked bleak for them after three games played.
At that point, Gian Piero Gasperini’s team had nothing on the board and a 5-1 hammering at the Etihad Stadium seemed to indicate that the Europa League was the only realistic target although things were to improve.
A 1-1 draw against Manchester City laid the foundations for wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Serie A team now landing a favourable last sixteen tie against Spanish opposition.
It’s noticeable that La Dea are involved in a lot of high-scoring matches both domestically and on the continent. At the time of writing, they have scored a sum total of 43 goals in 17 games played, although they have also conceded 25.
Similarly, there were 20 goals scored in the 6 Champions League group games and we’re expecting them to adopt an attacking approach against a Valencia side who finished top of a tough group that featured Chelsea and Ajax.
It was a strange group stage for Los Che who won at Stamford Bridge before being hammered by Ajax, although they were able to rack up the points required to win the section and they are also sitting in a good position in La Liga.
Valencia know that their opponents will be in search of goals although the visitors can also look to secure away goals and get themselves into a strong position for the return game at the Mestalla.
There seems to be little point adopting a defensive approach in this game and we’re happy to take a punt on three or more goals being scored during the encounter.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90 with bet365