Atalanta vs Valencia
Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan).
Atalanta do have a fantastic recent record at home, but it needs to be taken into account that this game will be at a different stadium. Likely, while the upper hand does go to the hosts Atalanta, their counterparts cannot be considered to be underdogs.
Atalanta vs Valencia Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two squads are locking horns for the first time.
Atalanta vs Valencia Match Preview
Atalanta were on the road for their last game in the group stage. The team had been pitted against Shakhtar Donetsk, and in spite of being away from home, they recorded a 0-3 win.
It was a testament to the form Atalanta have been in, especially since December. In fact, in the past three months, they have lost just once at home. And disregarding another draw, they have won all of their match-ups at home since the last week of November.
At present, Atalanta are in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League from the Serie A. They have been the best in Italy, counting out the three titans – Juventus, Inter Milan, and Lazio.
With a six-point lead at the fourth spot, and the fifth-placed Roma on a three-game losing run in the league, a CL ticket seems inevitable for Atalanta.
Meanwhile, Valencia recorded a surprise 0-1 win on the road, against Ajax, in their last group stage game. The Dutch squad had impressed the world with a deep run into the CL semis the last season, and considering their form, they were expected to easily make it to the knockouts.
However, the loss inflicted by Valencia took Ajax out, and gave loads of confidence to the Spanish side.
Atalanta vs Valencia Prediction
In the past three months, Atalanta have lost just thrice, and two of those defeats had come on the road. Currently, they are on a three-match winning run, and a five-match unbeaten streak (of which 4 were wins). At home, they had won six of their previous eight appearances, and stood invincible in seven of those matches.
Keep note that, in the process, they had scored a total of 26 goals from these eight match-ups, including a 5-0 victory against AC Milan, and a 2-1 win triumph over Roma.
On the other hand, Valencia have a total of four wins since mid-December, and two of those had come against Spanish relegation-battlers, and one against a lower-division team in the Copa del Rey. In addition, they were also winless in nine of their previous thirteen road trips as well.
As such, expect the ambitious Atalanta to deliver a hard-fought win this Wednesday. However, do note that is the knockouts of the CL, and Valencia will be fighting for their lives as well. Moreover, Valencia had scored goals in 23 of their last 25 overall games, and in 24 of their prior 26 away fixtures.
Finally, the Italian squad had failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their prior eight fixtures, and in 14 of their preceding 17 home matches. Considering these findings, count on the two teams to score goals in practically their most important match of the season so far.
Atalanta vs Valencia Betting Tips
Atalanta to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 (3/4).