Valencia v Atalanta Betting Tips: Italians on brink of last eight
Valencia have it all do to in their Champions League second leg tie as they try to overturn a 4-1 deficit against a free-scoring Atalanta at the Estadio de Mestalla.
Only four of the previous 36 teams to lose the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie by three or more goals have then progressed. Can Valencia turn it around?
Atalanta could become the first Champions League debutants to reach the last eight of the competition since Leicester in 2016/17. Whatever way this match goes, history will be made.
The action gets underway at 8:00pm on BT Sport 3 and we’ve got all the pre-match odds and info right here…
Atalanta will start the game as 27/20 favourites despite being the away side. The free-scoring Italians have scored 24 goals in their last six matches with two goals or more in their last three Champions League matches. They are 2/1 to win with over 2.5 goals in the match.
Los Che will have no option but to attack from the first whistle and an early goal could set nerves jangling in Spain. Valencia are 17/10 to win the match which still might not be enough to see them go through. If the La Liga side are to pull of a historic comeback they are 7/1 to qualify.
The match may not be as one-sided as the first leg, but Valencia will have to sure up their defence to stand any chance of going through. A draw is priced at 27/10.
Valencia will be without Gabriel Paulista is suspended meaning a slight reshuffle in the backline is expected. Ezequiel Garay (knee), Maxi Gómez (foot) and Cristiano Piccini (knee) are all ruled out with respective injuries.
Rafael Tolói is struggling with a muscle issue for Atalanta and Berat Djimsiti (quadricep) was absent from their 7-2 Serie A win at the weekend against Lecce. First-leg hero, Hans Hateboer, is one booking away from a suspension which could lead to a tactical reshuffle.
Valencia will need to be direct and hit Atalanta early. The Italians play with a high press to prevent Los Che playing out from the back. Meanwhile, Atalanta’s strongest weapon is attack and they won’t change their style despite a healthy lead as they look to play on the counter.
Goals are expected tonight when the highest scorers in Italy come to town against a Valencia side who simply need to score at least three times to have a chance of staying in the tournament.
Kevin Gameiro is 4/1 to score first to get the Spaniards off to the perfect start. Club captain, Daniel Parejo is 21/10 to score anytime.
For Atalanta, Duvan Zapata is 13/10 to score anytime and first-leg star Hateboer 7/1 to score following his first leg brace.
Where: Estadio Mestalla, Valencia
When: 8pm, Tuesday 10th March
How to watch: BT Sport 3
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