Atalanta B.C. vs Manchester City Champions League Football Sports Odds & Champions League Predictions
|Betting Odds & Stats|
|+470 (115)||Spread||-192 (-145)|
|Over 4 (115)||Total||Under 4 (-135)|
|Atalanta FC||Score and stat||Manchester City|
Reason for Atalanta vs Manchester City UEFA Champions League
The Serie A side had looked like the story of the group stage campaign; until it kicked off. Atalanta have been thumped in each of their three games in this group, turning their dream first appearance into a nightmare. However, it’s now motivation. La Dea are desperate to return stronger next year, which has seen them switch focus to the league over Europe.
Atalanta are in dire straits after three straight defeats in Group C of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Although equal to or better than the opposition in terms of average possession and goal attempts in two of those UCL games, they’re still heavy favourites to lose and were beaten 5-1 in the reverse fixture.
Atalanta were the only side to score against City in the first three games. That’s no surprise, as the Italians are an incredibly forward-thinking side. On fact, their offensive approach from Serie A has failed to translate to Europe, which has seen them concede too many goals. They still have an impressive forward line, who should cause City problems here.
The Italians have taken the lead in two of three matches so far, but have lost all three in their UCL debut. Indeed, seven of Atalanta’s last eight competitive games have seen both teams score, plus at least three goals. Playing their home matches at the San Siro in Milan, their only UCL ‘home’ match so far featured no less than eight yellow cards.
Josip Ilicic was sent off at the weekend but is free to play here. Given his looming domestic ban, expect him to start on Wednesday. Duvan Zapata is the only injury concern for Atalanta. Luis Muriel didn't start their last Champions League match and will hope to get a chance from the off on Wednesday.
Key Player: Luis Muriel has scored eight goals for Atalanta this season, in just 501 minutes of football spread over 12 competitive club matches.
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|Manchester City -192|
Man City are trying to chase both, and they have the squad to pull it off. The Citizens should be able to give their stars a break in Europe after this one, as they could have the group all but wrapped up with a win in the San Siro on Wednesday.
Ten of City’s last eleven competitive games have now been decided by a margin of at least two goals (W10, L1), with seven of those fixtures witnessing just one side hit the back of the net. Away from home, they’ve scored two goals or more in seven straight competitive matches.
Manchester City arrive looking to make it four wins from four in the tournament, and with a goal ratio of 10-1, it’s unsurprising that all those wins have come by at least a two-goal margin. What’s surprising is the fact that the ‘Sky Blues’ have been shown more yellow cards than their opponents in all three matches!
David Silva misses out for Manchester City after picking up a muscle injury at the weekend. He joins Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Rodri and Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines. Angelino could keep his place in the team as a result, while Joao Cancelo and Nicolas Otamendi should also start at the back. Youngster Eric Garcia may even get minutes.
Key Player: Raheem Sterling (MCI) scored an 11-minute hat-trick in the reverse fixture, and all of his four UCL strikes this season have come in the second half.
|The Pick: Manchester City -192, Under 4|