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Atalanta vs Real Madrid: Prediction and Betting Tips
Atalanta to prove their strength in Europe
For the second time in two attempts, Atalanta have qualified for the ⅛ finals of the Champions League. Coach Gasperini will want to do better than the last time and qualify for the next round but they have to overcome 13-time champions Real Madrid.
Atalanta had finished second in the group phase winning three matches drawing two and losing one. They didn’t win any of their home matches in the group stage, losing one and drawing two.
They are in very good form in Serie A with three straight wins and are unbeaten in five matches. Gasperini knows that to eliminate Real Madrid his team has to be very organized in defense and not concede a goal, something they have done twice in seven matches.
Injury-hit Real Madrid on a tough trip
Real Madrid are doing very well in La Liga despite being injury-ravaged by more than nine key players. They have won their last four matches and kept three clean sheets.
In the group phase, Real won three drew one and lost two matches, winning group B after beating Borussia Munchengladbagh in the last match 2-0 at home.
Despite their long injury list, Zidane could rely on his experienced midfield line-up with Casemiro, Kroos, and Modric all working extra hard to cover for the absences. Will fatigue take its toll with these players needs to be seen.
- Both teams have scored in Atalanta’s eight of ten matches
- Atalanta haven’t won at home in the Champions League for four matches
- Real Madrid have scored in 12 of 13 Champions League matches
- Real Madrid have one clean sheet in five away Champion League matches
Atalanta vs Real Madrid Prediction
As we can see from the stats of both teams, Atalanta have been a part of high-scoring games in recent matches. The Italians have a very good attacking force but keep very few clean sheets. They have to organize defensively and not let Real score an important away goal.
Real Madrid always take the initiative in the matches and keep possession and attack to win. They will do the same but Zidane will ask his players to keep the balance between defense and attack thus making sure not to concede many goals in this 1st leg.
Having said all this, we predict an under 3.5 total goal matches in this game.
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