Atalanta vs. Liverpool Match preview
UEFA Champions’ League group stage action resumes on Tuesday as Atalanta are set to host Liverpool at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Crotone in Serie A on Saturday.
Gasperini’s side sealed the deal in the first half after a brace from Colombian attacker Luis Muriel. Nigeria international Simeon Nwankwo scored the consolation goal for Crotone.
The two sides, who are meeting for the first time ever, currently occupy the top two spots in Champions’ League Group D and could, take a bigger step towards the knockout rounds with a victory here.
Liverpool, on the other hand, came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Goals from Egypt international Mohamed Salah and Portuguese forward Diogo Jota ensured victory for Liverpool.
- There have been more than two goals produced in Atalanta’s last six Champions League games.
- There have been less than three goals scored in Liverpool’s last six Champions League games.
- Liverpool has registered only a single clean sheet in their last three matches.
- Premier League defending champions have won their last three Champions League matches.
- Atalanta has at least registered two goals in six of their last seven Champions League matches.
Atalanta vs. Liverpool Head to Head
The two teams have never faced each other in a competitive fixture.
Atalanta team news
Goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi and center-back Mattia Caldara are both sidelined with injuries, therefore Atalanta boss will be unable to call upon their services and look for their replacement.
German left-back Robin Gosens and Netherlands international Marten de Roon are also in doubt of their availability.
Alejandro Gomez and Luis Muriel were both on the bench at half-time at the weekend but maybe available to play here. Pierluigi Gollini was back among the substitutes at the weekend but Marco Sportiello is expected to keep the position for the time being
Liverpool team news
Meanwhile, Liverpool has few injury concerns, despite them playing without key center-back Virgil van Dijk as well as Brazil international Fabinho. In the midweek clash, Jurgen Klopp is expected to have a large squad at his disposal.
Rhys Williams looks set to start alongside Joe Gomez on Tuesday night, while Nat Phillips ineligible and Joel Matip major doubts,
Xherdan Shaqiri and Diogo Jota have made big impacts for Liverpool in recent games and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both starts for the clash.
Duvan Zapata is expected to lead the Atalanta attack having only been used as a half-time sub at the weekend. The Colombian has had hand in six goals in five Champions League starts for the Black and Blues outfit – including scoring twice against Ajax last week.
Atalanta vs. Liverpool Prediction
Atalanta has become well-known and the most entertaining teams across Europe in Serie A. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season and will be keen to replicate that run this time around.
Liverpool, on the other hand, is facing some defense issues. The injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho have left them with limited options at center-back. Jurgen Klopp will hope that youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Joe Gomez are capable of forming a reliable partnership in the heart of the defense.
A close match is expected, and Atalanta will surely test Liverpool’s shaky defense. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side should be capable of outscoring them on their own soil.
Our pundit is predicting a win for the visitors for this match, Betway backing the results with 2.08 odds while 1XBet is giving 2.16 odds
Over 2.5 Betway 1.37 1XBet 1.38
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