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Valencia vs Atalanta prediction: Valencia 1-2 Atalanta
What an amazing win for Atalanta and they surely have more than one foot in the quarter-finals.
20 days ago in the first leg, La Dea asserted their authority early on and took the lead after just 16 minutes.
Papu Gómez’s cross picked out Hans Hateboer who’s effort just about beat Jaume Doménech.
That seemingly opened the floodgates.
Just before half time, Josip Iličić with a fantastic effort that arrowed into the top corner.
Then, Atalanta scored twice in five second half minutes.
First, Remo Freuler made it three with a spectacular effort of his own before Hateboer raced through to get his second of the night.
However, Valencia do have a tiny bit of hope.
Late on, José Luis Palomino gifted possession to Denis Cheryshev and the Russian fired in an away goal for Los Che.
4-1 it finished at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Can Atalanta finish off Valencia at the Mestalla?
On Sunday night, latest reports from Spain suggested that fans would be attending this match as normal. But, as the Coronavirus continues to have a huge impact on Italy and Europe, this could still change.
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Valencia vs Atalanta: Who will win?
Hosts Valencia are 6/4 to win this second leg, something they must do to stand any chance.
Atalanta meanwhile are also 6/4 to repeat their first leg win.
A draw, which would very much do for the Italians, is 14/5.
Over 2.5 goals is 1/2.
Both teams to score is 2/5.
Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score is 8/11.
Valencia are 9/1 to qualify; Atalanta are 1/25 to be in the quarter-finals.
Kevin Gameiro could be Valencia’s main goal threat. He is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 11/8 to net in 90 minutes.
Rodrigo could be his striker-partner. He is 8/1 to score first and 13/5 to score anytime.
Josip Iličić is Atalanta’s top scorer this season with 17. The Slovenian international is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to add to his tally.
Papu Gómez though is their talisman. He is 7/1 to score first and 9/4 to net anytime.
Dani Parejo and Gameiro both to score is 13/2.
Ferran Torres and Gonçalo Guedes both to score is 14/1.
Iličić and Duván Zapata both to score is 5/1.
José Luis Palomino and Robin Gosens both to score is 60/1.
Valencia vs Atalanta: Match preview
Valencia need a miracle to turn this tie around.
The chances of this are unlikely given it’s been a pretty underwhelming season for Els Taronges.
The highlight of their season so far came in the Champions League group stages.
On matchday six, Rodrigo scored the only goal of the game as they beat Ajax at Johan Cruyff Arena.
That saw them qualify top of Group H, at Ajax’s expense.
They also took four points off Chelsea in that campaign seeing them qualify for the Champions League knockout stages for the seventh time.
However, a fifth quarter-final seems a long shot.
In La Liga, they face a real battle to get into next season’s Champions League.
On Friday night, they made the trip north up to Mendizorrotza.
Dani Parejo fired them ahead in the first half with a stunning free-kick.
That is his 11th direct free-kick goal since the start of the 2014/15 La Liga season, only Messi has more.
However, Deportivo Alavés fought back and a late goal meant it finished 1-1 in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Albert Celades’ men have only won one of their last five games, a 2-1 home victory over Real Betis.
That means Los Che are seventh in La Liga, five points outside the top four.
They play Levante in Derbi valenciano at the weekend but first face this European tie.
Valencia have won two of their three Champions League ties against Italian sides.
However, they’ll need a miracle to maintain that good record here.
Will it be a famous night at an empty Mestalla?
Will Atalanta continue to make history?
As for Atalanta, their fairytale campaign continues.
This is their first ever Champions League campaign and it certainly did not start well.
After three group games, La Dea had zero points having conceded 11 goals and scored just two.
On matchday four, Mario Pašalić’s helped them draw 1-1 with Manchester City at home.
A fortnight later, goals from Luis Muriel and Papu Gómez saw them beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 to confirm mission impossible was on.
They still had to beat Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine by two clear goals and do that they did and more.
Timothy Castagne, Pašalić’s and Robin Gosens scored in a thumping 3-0 victory at OSC Metalist.
Atalanta becoming only the second team, after Newcastle, to get through a Champions League group having lost their opening three matches.
Now, they’re on the verge of a place in the quarter-finals.
In Serie A, they are in a strong position to get into next season’s Champions League too.
Last time out back on 1 March, they demolished Lecce 7-2 at Stadio Via del Mare.
Duván Zapata bagging a hat-trick with Josip Iličić, Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskyi also scoring.
Amazingly, they have scored 5+ goals five times in Serie A games this season.
The last team to manage this was A.C. Milan in 1958/59.
In the context of this season, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have taken 13 points from their last five games.
So, they are fourth three clear of Roma with a game in hand and a superior head to head. As well as a game in hand.
Atalanta are due to face Lazio on Sunday, in what is a massive game for both sides, but will want to finish the job here first.
In the first leg, Atalanta became just the second Italian side to score 4+ goals against a Spanish club in a Champions League match.
Will they finish the job at Mestalla?
Valencia team news vs Atalanta
Given that they need to score at least three goals, Albert Celades’ team selection will surely reflect this.
Since the first leg, first-choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has returned from injury so will displace Jaume Doménech.
At centre-back, they have a bit of a crisis.
Gabriel Paulista is suspended and Ezequiel Garay and Eliaquim Mangala are injured.
So, Mouctar Diakhaby will keep his place with Francis Coquelin willing in at the back.
At full-back, José Luis Gayà, as always, will start on the left with Daniel Wass keeping his place over Alessandro Florenzi on the other side.
In midfield, Geoffrey Kondogbia is likely to partner captain and talisman Dani Parejo.
Out-wide, Denis Cheryshev’s goal at San Siro is what has given them hope for this second leg.
The Russian should keep his place on the left with Ferran Torres likely to start on the right.
Carlos Soler and Gonçalo Guedes are the alternatives.
Up front, Kevin Gameiro got the nod on Friday night at Alavés but Rodrigo will also start as they search lots of goals.
Rubén Sobrino is the other option; Maxi Gómez is injured and is a big miss.
Will this XI pull off a famous comeback?
Atalanta team news vs Valencia
As for Atalanta, due to coronavirus scares in Italy, this is their first game for nine days.
Even so, Gian Piero Gasperini hardly ever rotates his side anyway.
Pierluigi Gollini is the first-choice goalkeeper and will make his 31st appearance of the season, looking for only his eighth clean sheet.
In defence, they are currently without centre-backs, Rafael Tolói and Berat Gjimshiti.
So, Marten de Roon, a midfielder by trade, is likely to continue alongside Mattia Caldara and José Luis Palomino.
At wing-back, Hans Hateboer will continue on the right.
In the first leg, he became the third Dutch player to score a Champions League brace for an Italian side, after Marco van Basten and Clarence Seedorf.
This shows just how attacking this side is.
On the other side, Robin Gosens will keep his place; Timothy Castagne and Lennart Czyborra are the other options in wide areas.
In the middle, with de Roon at the back, Remo Freuler will be Mario Pašalić’s partner.
The latter is currently on loan from Chelsea.
He’s never played for the Blues, spending time on loan at Elche, Monaco, A.C. Milan and Spartak Moscow before finally finding a home in Bergamo.
Further forward, their whole system revolves around captain and talisman Papu Gómez.
The Argentine has 53 goals and 60 assists in 22 appearance for the club.
He’ll support the lethal strike-duo of Duván Zapata and Josip Iličić.
Will the Champions League debutants march into the quarter-finals?
Predicted Valencia line-up vs Atalanta
Predicted Atalanta line-up vs Valencia
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