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Atalanta vs. Valencia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
12 February 2020
Wednesday 19 February
San Siro – Champions League
La Liga side Valencia head to Serie A upstarts Atalanta in last 16 Champions League action and a potential tie of the round. The tie takes place at San Siro, with Atalanta’s Gewiss Arena still undergoing renovation to meet UEFA standards.
These two sides have never faced each other in competitive action before.
Atalanta have no fresh injury worries to deal with ahead of this game, and manager Gian Piero Gasperini should have a full squad to pick from.
Valencia do have fitness concerns to deal with however, with Kevin Gameiro, Denis Cheryshev and Manu Vallejo facing late tests, and Jasper Cillessen and Ezequiel Garay ruled out.
Atalanta vs. Valencia Preview and Predictions
Gasperini’s Atalanta look to be in a strong position to record a second successive top four finish in Serie A this season. The Italian side welcome Valencia, albeit not at their home ground, on the back of one defeat in their last seven league games.
Valencia are also in a position to claim another Champions League finish in 2019-20, but they have some work to do to haul back Getafe and Atletico Madrid.
Albert Celades’ side picked up an impressive win over Barcelona in recent weeks, but their away form is poor with just one win in their last six games on the road.
There is very little between these two sides in terms of form, but Gasperini’s side look to be just about edging it and they are at 1.86 to win against the La Liga team.
Atalanta kept it very tight at home during the Champions League group stages, scoring two or less in all three games. They are priced at 2.0 to win, with under 2.5 total goals scored on the night.
Atalanta to win 1-0 at 8.5
Gasperini will be happy with an advantage to take to the Estadio Mestalla for the second leg, whilst Celades might actually be confident overturning a defeat in Spain.
Josip Ilicic to score first at 5.4
Ilicic has been in excellent form for the Serie A side in recent weeks, with ten goals in his last eight games in all competitions for the Slovenian international.