Atalanta vs Copenhagen
2018/19 Europa League Play-off (1st Leg)
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK
Venue: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia (Bergamo).
Atalanta and Copenhagen are going to fight for the place in Europa League group stage and the first leg clash is going to take place on Thursday.
The Serie A outfit had a pretty successful last season as they managed to secure the 7th place and get the chance to participate in Europa League qualifiers.
They’ve started the campaign from the second round, but they haven’t been too convincing in their first match. Sarajevo managed to get back home with an excellent 2-2 draw, but Daniel Zapata and the lads trashed their opponents with an 8-0 away victory.
Things went smoothly in the next round as the Italian side eliminated Hapoel Haifa with a 6-1 aggregate win. Atalanta are in a great streak of nine matches without being defeated, including the pre-season friendlies.
After a disappointing season when they finished as 4th in the national championship, Copenhagen are enjoying a good start of the current one. After six rounds in Danish Superliga, they are sitting on the top spot, although they missed the chance to win in the latest round.
Stale Solbakken’s side has been very efficient in the domestic league, and they are also having a nine-match streak without tasting a defeat.
The visitors barely managed to eliminate KuPS in the first qualifying round, but they skip past Stjarnan and CSKA Sofia more comfortably.
Atalanta vs Copenhagen: Head-to-head
These two sides didn’t have the chance to face each other in the past. This is going to be Atalanta’s first clash against Danish side, while Copenhagen got eliminated by Italian sides twice and snatched just a point in group stages against clubs from Italy.
Atalanta vs Copenhagen: Prediction
This is going to be a very interesting clash as both sides are enjoying good forms. However, the hosts should be a bit closer to the victory and they should be able to secure the advantage in front of their fans.
These two sides have been involved in high scoring matches lately and it wouldn’t be surprising if in this one we see a lot of goals. We believe the clash is going to end with at least three goals in total.
Atalanta vs Copenhagen: Bet Tips
Atalanta to win @ 1/2 (1.50).
Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 (1.80).