Atalanta - Valencia: are there any chances for “bats”?
19/02/2020, 20.00 GMT
On February 19 at the Giuseppe Meazza Arena in Milan, the first match of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League between the Atalanta , representing Bergamo and Spanish Valencia, will begin. Bookmakers set the classic line for the upcoming match, as for a match of equal rivals. Atalanta is a favorite, but not big, and Valencia has good chances for scoring. Also note that this pair is seen as the weakest at the 1/8 final of the Champions League.
Atalanta made its debut this season in the Champions League and managed to get out of a very difficult group. Moreover, the first three matches of the group stage, the team Gian Piero Gasperini lost with a bang, but then, contrary to all forecasts, pulled out a (1:1) draw against Manchester City away and beat Dynamo Zagreb (2:0) with Shakhtar (3:0), which was enough to reach the playoffs.
In Serie A, the “Bergamasks” are also very successful - after 24 rounds, Atalanta is on the fourth line in the table and feels quite comfortable, having a gap of six points from the fifth Roma. Gasperini team managed to get this handicap in the last round - Atalanta beat Roma (2:1) on their field, winning a strong-willed victory, which was already the 13th of the season.
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Valencia was also not considered a favorite in its group - Chelsea and Ajax probably expected to divide the first two lines, Lille did not show resistance at all. However, contrary to all forecasts, the “bats” got a ticket to the playoffs - in the last round they needed only a victory over Ajax, which in the end was obtained thanks to Rodrigo's only goal.
In the championship of Spain, the Albert Celades team does not go in the best way - after 24 rounds, it takes only seventh place in the table. “Bats” are only two points behind the Champions League zone, which is certainly being bet on, so they have not yet left the fight. In the last round, Valencia painted a 2-2 draw with Atl?tico, failing to win the second match in a row.
Atalanta comes to a duel with Valencia in a great shape and good mood - on the eve of the Bergamasks beat one of their main competitors in the fight for fourth place and in general they cope with the tasks.
Valencia is certainly in a much worse mood and the game looks very unconvincing, but it is quite capable of giving the Italians a fight.
Atalanta obviously lacks experience in fights of such a level, and in general, the defense of the hosts has problems with the naked eye, so you can clearly count on goals in this match, Atalanta is magnificent in attack.
We believe that there will be goals in the match.
Prediction - both will score (YES)
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