Do you expect more from an Italian team in the UEFA Champions League than what debutant Atalanta Bergamo showed on the opening three days? This question is currently occupied by some football experts who, on the one hand, understand that “La Dea” has so far been unable to gain any experience at this level, while at the same time pointing out critically that the quality should actually be there, Dinamo Zagreb or Schachtjor Donetsk at least facing problems.
Atalanta Bergamo vs Manchester City Today’s Soccer Betting Predictions
With 2: 11 goals and zero points after three games, the Black Blues are currently no more than cannon fodder and found food for the group’s competitors. In terms of this devastating interim assessment, it sounds almost a bit grotesque that on Wednesday night between Atalanta Bergamo and Manchester City, the odds for outright victory “only” implied a 65% chance.
The fact that the “Citizens” as title contenders and undisputed leaders of the group C start as a favorite in the game, of course, no surprise. However, one should be aware that the actual focus of the Guardiola team on the Premier League top match against Liverpool this weekend. Consequently, this starting position could turn out in two different extremes.
On the one hand, it is not completely ruled out that the Catalan coach of the Englishman spares numerous stars and thus completely mitigates the importance of this duel in the premier class. On the other hand, we have met the former Bayern coach in the past so ambitious that “tipping” is not an option.
As a result, prior to the game at Atalanta Bergamo against Manchester City, we predict that a hint that Agüero and Co. should set the course for victory in the first half is associated with an attractive value.
Atalanta Bergamo – Statistics & Current Form
The euphoria and the anticipation of the sensational third place in the last Serie A season has long since given way to the sad reality in Bergamo. Were the “Nerazzurri” at the beginning of the current season still fire and flame, to compete for the first time in the Champions League, in the concert of the great, with other top teams in Europe, has recently come to disillusionment.
All three previous matches in the premier class could be sorted for the team of coach Gian Piero Gasperini namely in the section “lesson”. An embarrassing 0: 4 at the inauguration at Dinamo Zagreb followed only two weeks later, the 1: 2 home defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk, which – strictly speaking – made all chances to a surprise advance to the second round prematurely nullified.
Finally, at the end of October, the third group match at Manchester City lost 1-5 and that although “La Dea” in the first half was even 1-0 in the lead, but could not defend this lead even to the half-time whistle (1: 2). Because Zagreb and Donetsk have four points each, the Italians can still hope for a small miracle, but it would probably need a coup on Wednesday evening against the leaders of the group C.
A home win by Atalanta Bergamo over Manchester City currently offers the highest odds of 5.75, which underline the low prospects pretty well. For now five European Cup encounters the “Gli Oribici” are waiting for a complete success.
Nevertheless, one must credit the Gasperini team that on the bottom line, only four of the last 17 matches have been lost on an international level. However, this statistic is relativised by the fact that the Italians were previously used exclusively in the Europa League and against weaker opponents.
To make matters worse, the Black Blues had to digest a setback at the weekend. The Lombards, who in any case won only one of their recent four league games, conceded on Sunday a fragile 0-2 defeat to Cagliari Calcio, who missed the jump in third place.
Again it was the defensive that caused problems. With 29 conceded in 14 competitive games competing it is for the coach to set exactly here. Since due to the many English weeks but just the time to optimize missing and also the squad in terms of prevailing fatigue is not as optimally stocked as that of the Citizens, it can be assumed that the defense will also be shown their limits on Wednesday.
Finally, it should also be mentioned that the home advantage of “La Dea” in the Champions League is none. Because the own stadium does not comply with the UEFA guidelines, the debutant must evade the Guiseppe Meazza to Milan. Questionable, if just in the unfamiliar homestead the first CL point in the club’s history can be retracted. With the exception of the best attacker Duvan Zapata probably all men are available.
Expected formation of Atalanta Bergamo:
➲ Gollini – Masiello, Palomino, Tolói, Gosens, Hateboer – Pasalic, Freuler, Gómez, Malinovskiy – Muriel
Last matches of Atalanta Bergamo:
⚽️ 03.11.2019 – Atalanta Bergamo vs. Cagliari Calcio 0: 2 (Serie A)
⚽️ 30.10.2019 – Napoli vs Atalanta Bergamo 2: 2 (Serie A)
⚽️ 27.10.2019 – Atalanta Bergamo vs Udinese Calcio 7: 1 (Serie A)
⚽️ 10/22/2019 – Manchester City vs. Atalanta Bergamo 5: 1 (Champions League)
⚽️ 19.10.2019 – Lazio Roma vs Atalanta Bergamo 3: 3 (Serie A)
Manchester City – Statistics & Current Form
Manchester City hardly knows what it’s like to play away. Since mid-October, the men from the English industrial city no longer had to travel to play compulsory games. The latest four matches all took place in front of a home crowd and were won.
After a rather modest start to the season, the protégés of coach Pep Guardiola have finally gained momentum. After the international break, the reigning English champions celebrated five consecutive victories, which also restored their confidence – just in time for the upcoming matches.
Following the away game in Milan’s San Siro at Atalanta Bergamo, where Manchester City is the clear favorite in terms of odds, Kevin de Bruyne and Co. have to go to Liverpool on Sunday, where they may almost have their last chance to defend their title will fight.
Due to the top game at Anfield but automatically foreseeing a prediction on the guest between Atalanta Bergamo and Manchester City, in our eyes would still be wrong, since Guardiola is known to win every game and also always makes his supporters to the claim dominate. We therefore do not expect any possible changes in the starting formation to have any negative effects on the performance of the sky blue.
On the contrary, we expect an offensive City-Eleven, which will exert pressure from the beginning, possibly in the first 45 minutes to bring about a preliminary decision. Afterwards, it would certainly be easier for the Guardiola team to switch back one or even two gears. In two of three Champions League games 2019/20 ManCity was already ahead at the break and left the place as the winner.
Statistically, there is nothing to shake the favorite role of the title aspirant. The English have won five of their last eight European games and conceded the only two defeats on the island. The last defeat outside England dates in the premier class of the season 2017/2018.
On Monday it was announced that 33-year-old veteran David Silva will be a key midfielder for the games against Atalanta and Liverpool. Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Rodri and German international Leroy Sane are far from an option. Compared to the 2-1 win over Southampton at the weekend, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Nicolas Otamendi are in the starting eleven.
Expected lineup of Manchester City:
➲ Ederson – Mendy, Otamendi, Fernandinho – Cancelo, Gundogan, Foden, De Bruyne – Sterling, B. Silva, Jesus
Last matches of Manchester City:
⚽️ 02.11.2019 – Manchester City vs. Southampton 2: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 10/29/2019 – Manchester City vs. Southampton 3: 1 (League Cup)
⚽️ 26.10.2019 – Manchester City vs. Aston Villa 3: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 10/22/2019 – Manchester City vs. Atalanta Bergamo 5: 1 (Champions League)
⚽️ 19.10.2019 – Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City 0: 2 (Premier League)
Atalanta Bergamo vs Manchester City Direct Comparison & Stats Highlights
The first leg two weeks ago at Etihad Stadium was the first clash between these two clubs. Ruslan Malinovsky brought the blatant underdog into the lead after half an hour with a penalty. However, it was this backlog that seemed to spur the Citizens on, as Sergio Agüero reversed the score within four minutes. In the second half Raheem Sterling became a match winner within eleven minutes with a hat-trick.
Two of the last three away games in Italy have won ManCity. Previously, however, one remained victorious in four encounters in the country of the world champion of 2006. The record of the “Nerazzurri” against English clubs, however, reads immaculately. In the 2017/2018 European League, the Black and Blue Everton defeated 3-0 at home and 5-1 away. It is quite possible that the “series” of Italians now comes to a sudden end on Wednesday.
Atalanta Bergamo vs Manchester City Soccer Betting Prediction Explained
On the fourth match day of the Champions League group stage, the first return matches are on the program. Between Atalanta Bergamo and Manchester City, this prediction is daring, the English have the best chances to repeat the first leg win of two weeks ago. In the Etihad Stadium, the Guardiola team won 5-1 at that time and thanks to a significant increase in performance in the second round left no doubt about the victory.
Given that the “Citizens” have to play in the Premier League on Sunday in the current leader Liverpool, we dare to say that the bookmakers before the game Atalanta Bergamo. Manchester City betting odds for a threesome of the guests have easily screwed up.
Key facts – Atalanta Bergamo vs Manchester City Tips
📌 Atalanta Bergamo have conceded 29 goals in 14 competitive matches (eleven of them in the CL)
📌 ManCity has the important Premier League match in Liverpool in front of the chest
📌 The first leg went 5: 1 to the Citizens
However, we believe that ManCity has such a high level of quality – including on the bench – that they will achieve their fourth victory in the fourth Champions League match of 2019/2020. The Italians conceded on the first three matchdays already eleven goals and are even in the series (despite fifth place) to the shooting galleries.
The bottom line is that we decide between Atalanta Bergamo and Manchester City for the tip that the sky blue are already ahead at the break and in the end also win. An early decision should play Guardiola and his coaching staff in terms of the top game at Anfield Road definitely in the cards.
Competition: Champions League, Group. C
Prediction Today: 2/2 HT/FT
Stake: 7/10 units