Atalanta vs Everton
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 14th September 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia.
Atalanta return to Europe for the first time in 26 years after finishing 4th in the Serie A last season. They will kick start their campaign at home against Everton, who successfully negotiated two qualification rounds.
Please note that Atalanta play this game at Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia as opposed to their traditional home ground Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
The La Dea didn’t have the best of the starts to their domestic campaign as they started off with back-to-back defeats. It has to be mentioned that the draw hasn’t been kind to them after having to face the heavy weights Roma and Napoli in consecutive weeks. Atalanta finally registered their first win of the season on the weekend with a 2-1 narrow win against Sassuolo on the weekend. The result could serve as a confidence booster ahead of the Europa League opener.
On the other hand, Everton made a positive start to their 2017/18 season campaign. They overcome Slovakian outfit Ruzomberok and Hajduk Split from Croatia in the play-offs in an unbeaten run that saw 3 wins and 1 draw.
The Toffees, also started their domestic season on a unbeaten run with win over Stoke City and a price-less draw away at Manchester City. However, things had gone wrong since then, as they club lost consecutive games to North London clubs Chelsea and Tottenham without scoring. The two defeats had put their recent streak as win-less in four games in all competitions.
Atalanta vs Everton: Head-to-head
This is the first ever meeting between the two clubs.
Also, the home fixture against Everton is Atalanta’s first against an English Premier League club.
Everton had met Italian clubs on six previous occasions and have a poor record which reads 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses. All the three defeats in the process came on Italian soil.
Atalanta vs Everton: Prediction
Everton are still missing an array of players for this trip and with a poor away record in Italian soil, it is fair to point out that the home team hold a substantial advantage in this game. This is further consolidated by the fact that the Toffees are yet to score a goal in Italian soil.
Atalanta vs Everton: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Atalanta or Draw for 1.42 odds at Bet365 is a potential banker.
A decent alternative is Under 2.5 goals for 1.67 odds at Betfair.