Atalanta vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Date: Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan).
Atalanta came off the worst by the end of the first round of matches in Group C, as Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb slotted four unanswered goals past them to walk away with all three points.
In all honesty, the latter clash was put well out of reach at the break as the hosts showed no conviction whatsoever in both attack and defense. Despite registering as many shots at goal as their foes, Atalanta failed to hit the target on more than two occasions as opposed to Dinamo Zagreb who worked the goalkeeper six times.
Shakhtar Donetsk were also at the losing end in their respective matchup as the English Premier League Champions took them down with a comfortable 3-0 scorecard, that too in front of their home supporters. Pep Guardiola’s men were clearly the better side in that clash as the visitors managed not more than one measly shot on target by the end of the ninety minutes.
Although the hosts will not be playing at their actual home ground this week, that is certainly not going to stop Atalanta from giving their opponents a run for their money.
Atalanta vs Shakhtar Donetsk Head to head (h2h)
Their only prior encounter was a club-friendly back in 2015, which Shakhtar won 1-0.
Atalanta vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have bounced back from the humiliating 4-0 defeat they suffered, and are currently unbeaten in their last two games in the Serie A, the last of which saw them come out on top against Roma.
Although the away side are one of the top teams back in their domestic campaign, the loss against Manchester City on home soil certainly suggests that the team are still a work in progress as far as European clashes are concerned.
Given that the hosts are plying their trade in much a more competitive league, the win and the three points are more than likely to swing in favor of Atalanta at the last blast of the whistle.
Furthermore, the guests have found the back of the net at least twice in four of their previous five outings. Taking into account that Gasperini’s men have kept just one clean sheet in their last six games in all competitions too, by all means, count on Shakthar to bag an away goal in this one.
Atalanta vs Shakhtar Donetsk Betting tips
Full time result: Atalanta @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both teams to score @ 1.66 (2/3).