Atalanta – Valencia Prediction & Picks (19.02.2020)


Atalanta – Valencia SOCCER PICKS

Atalanta and Valencia measure forces at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals). There is only one record of 1 direct confrontation in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 11‑08-2017, which ended with the Atalanta victory by (1-2).

Atalanta :

The home team got access to this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after the 2nd place won in Group C, with a total of 7 points. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with Roma by (2‑1). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Atalanta won 6, drew 2 and lost 2. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 5 of the last 6 games for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 48 of their last 55 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 38 out of 55 have ended with Over 2.5 goals.

Atalanta comes to this match with a 2-1 victory against Roma, adding the second consecutive victory in official matches. We emphasize that the home team finished in the second position of Group C of the Champions League, with 7 points, behind the leader Manchester City. In this reception at Valencia, coach Gian Piero Gasperini must maintain his usual tactical scheme, 3-5-2, with Zapata and Ilicic as the most offensive references of the team: the second athlete mentioned is the best scorer of Atalanta in matches officials, with 15 goals scored. For this game, the home team has the absence of Sutalo, due to an injury.

Valencia :

The visiting team gained access to this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals) after the 1st place won in Group H, with a total of 11 points. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Atlético Madrid by (2-2). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Valencia won 5, drew 1 and lost 4. Their attack has scored regularly, as they scored goals in 5 of the last 6 games for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 7 times and only got 1 comeback.

Valencia comes to this game with a 2×2 draw against Atlético de Madrid, in a game for the Spanish championship. It is important to remember that the visitors finished in the 1st position of Group H, with 11 points, the same as Chelsea. Without big surprises, coach Albert Celades should favor a more defensive style of play, looking for any space to apply the counterattack. Carlos Soler is the most dangerous player in the attack front, being very fast and strong in the finalization. Maxi Gómez is the top scorer of Celta de Vigo, with 9 goals scored in official matches. Outside of this game are Garay, Rodrigo, Vallejo and Cillessen, all with physical problems.

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