Atalanta vs Valencia 02/19/2020 Soccer Picks, Previews and Predictions
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Atalanta vs Valencia 02/19/2020 – The second day of the Champions League this week continues as Atalanta makes their knockout stage debut against Valencia at the San Siro in Milan. This will be the first matchup between these two clubs in history. Atalanta is the first team since 2004 to qualify for the knockout stage after losing their first three group stage matches while0 Valencia is looking to get past the Round of 16 for the first time since 2007. Bet Sports Online is favoring Atalanta to get the win over Valencia.
Atalanta vs Valencia 02/19/2020
Atalanta is making their Champions League Knockout Stages debut despite losing their first three group stage matches. They came in second in their group by drawing against Manchester City in their fourth game and winning their last two against Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Italian side has been one of the best scoring teams in Europe and their tie with Valencia is winnable. They have played amazing attacking football under Gian Piero Gasperini with a Serie A-leading 63 goals scored so far, this season. It should be noted that Atalanta is playing their home game at San Siro because their own stadium, Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, is under renovation.
Players to Watch: Mario Pasalic (2 goals), Papu Gomez (1 G, 1 assist), Ruslan Malinovskyi (1 G, 1 A), Luis Muriel (1 G), Hans Hateboer (1 A), Pierluigi Gollini (2 clean sheets).
Valencia topped Group H that had Chelsea, Ajax and Lille with 11 points and just one defeat. They had to defeat Ajax in their final group stage game 1-0 in order to advance. Valencia is consistent with participants in the Champions League but they haven’t made it to the quarterfinals since 2007. They are having a good season in La Liga but they still had to gain ground if they want to qualify for next season. In their Champions League history, Valencia has played eight times in Italy and they have only won one, drawing two and losing five. In those eight games, they have failed to score in six of them.
Players to Watch: Rodrigo (2 G, 2 A), Daniel Parejo (1 G, 2 A), Ferran Torres (1 G,1 A), Daniel Wass (1 G), Jasper Cillessen (1 CS).
Atalanta vs Valencia Betting Numbers
Atalanta and Valencia face each other for the very first time. Atalanta will look to score goals as they have this season while Valencia is surely going to need their best defense against a great attacking side. Best Online Sportsbook has favored Atalanta to make history in their first-ever clash with Valencia.
Moneyline: Atalanta is the safer team to bet on with their +125 moneyline compared to Valencia that has a moneyline of +220. On the other hand, a draw between the two sides has a moneyline of +240.
Score Prediction: Atalanta beats Valencia 2-1 for their first-ever win in the Champions League Knockout Stage.