Valencia v Atalanta Betting Tips & Predictions
Atalanta are now officially the surprise package of the 2019/20 Champions League season, with the Italian club having looked down and out during the group stage of the competition after experiencing three successive defeats.
A 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City was the catalyst to a revival which saw the Serie A outfit then enjoy convincing victories against Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, with seven points proving enough to reach the last sixteen.
Atalanta received a favourable knockout stage draw when being paired with Valencia, although few expected them to enjoy a 4-1 triumph at the San Siro and it was only the concession of an away goal when leading 4-0 that took the gloss off an otherwise famous night.
The Spanish side must now go out in search of goals at the Mestalla and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Los Che can enjoy a 3-0 win and go through at the expense of their opponents.
After all, Valencia did enjoy a 4-1 victory over Lille during the group stage and there was also a 2-2 draw against Chelsea where Albert Celades’ team threw the kitchen sink at their opponents and could have scored a lot more goals.
The bottom line is that the home side haven’t lost at the Mestalla in La Liga all season and can take advantage of defensive frailties among the Atalanta team, with the visitors arriving with that precious three-goal advantage although it might be somewhat eroded come the final whistle.
Josip Ilicic is the danger man for the visitors and the Slovenian now has 18 goals for the season after a recent spate of goals, while the home side recently proved their mettle by coming from behind twice to draw with Atletico Madrid.
Valencia 0 @ 1.85 with bet365
Valencia v Atalanta - Predicted Lineups & Confirmed Starting 11s
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