Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta meet at Signal-Iduna-Park, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). There is only one record of 1 direct match in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 01-08-2017, which ended with the victory of Atalanta by (0-1).
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of taking advantage of the home advantage to achieve a positive result. The team comes to this match after a home win against Hamburger SV by (2-0). In the last 10 home matches Borussia Dortmund has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 29 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, he suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
Borussia Dortmund come to this game with a win against Hamburg, 2-0, totaling in this way the second consecutive victory, both for the German championship. It is important to note that the locals added only one defeat in the last ten games played. Normally the coach Peter Stöger plays in 4-3-3, favoring a football of possession of the ball and the organized attacks, mainly through the flanks: Schurrle and Pusilic are eximios in the transport of the ball towards the attack. It should be noted that the Germans present several failures in the finalization and in the defensive transition. For this game there are some absences due to injury: Schmelzer, Kagawa, Sancho, Durm, Yarmolenko and Maximilian Philipp.
The visiting team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 1st place won in Group E, with a total of 14 points. In the last match that they disputed, for the Serie A, they tied with the Crotone away by (1-1). In the last 10 away matches Atalanta has won 6, tied 3 and lost 1 of the last matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in all of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 22 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 17 away matches for all competitions: he scored 9 of his 25 goals between the minutes (76′-90 ‘); He suffered 7 of his 20 goals between the minutes (46’-60 ‘).
The Atalanta part for this game with a draw in the field of Crotone, by 1-1, adding in this way according to the game followed without tasting the bitter taste of defeat. It is important to underline that the Italian team’s phase is very positive, since it has six victories in the last ten matches played. In this game away from home it is expected that coach Gian Piero Gasperini plays in the usual 3-4-1-2, privileging the defensive organization and passes in depth towards Cornelius. On the other hand, Bryan Cristante, one of the stars of this team, is the best scorer of Atalanta, with 10 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Caldara, Papú Gómez and Luca Rizzo, all with physical problems.
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