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Valencia vs Atalanta betting tips: UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match preview & predictions

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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.

4-0 Atalanta!

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.

Highlights of Atalanta 4-1 Valencia

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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.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 26: Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia CF celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the La Liga match between Valencia and Barcelona at Mestalla stadium on November 26, 2017 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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

MONACO, MONACO – AUGUST 29: The UEFA Champions League trophy prior to the UEFA Champions League Draw on August 29, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

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?

Mario Pašalić during Serie A match Inter vs Atalanta, January 11, 2020 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

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

VALENCIA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 07: Fans of Valencia celebrates after his sides first goal during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on October 7, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

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

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BERGAMO, ITALY – DECEMBER 30: Atalanta BC fans show their support during the serie A match between Atalanta BC and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on December 30, 2017 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

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 Valencia line-up vs Atalanta

Predicted Valencia line-up vs Atalanta.

Predicted Atalanta line-up vs Valencia

Predicted Atalanta line-up vs Valencia

Predicted Atalanta line-up vs Valencia.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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La Liga table:

1FC Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid27168349193056
3FC Sevilla27138639291047
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
5CF Getafe27137737251246
6Atletico Madrid271112431211045
7CF Valencia2711973839-142
8CF Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada CF27115113332138
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
11CA Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis Balompie2789103843-533
13UD Levante27103143240-833
14Deportivo Alaves Sad2788112937-832
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
16SD Eibar2776142741-1427
17RC Celta de Vigo27511112234-1226
18RCD Mallorca2774162844-1625
19CD Leganes2758142139-1823
20RCD Espanyol Barcelona2748152346-2320
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Serie A table:

1Juventus Turin26203350242663
2SS Lazio Roma26195260233762
3Inter Milano25166349242554
4Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio25146570343648
5AS Roma26136751351645
6SSC Napoli2611694136539
7AC Milan26106102834-636
8Hellas Verona259882926335
9Parma Calcio 191325105103231135
10Bologna FC2697103842-434
11US Sassuolo Calcio2595114139232
12Cagliari Calcio258894140132
13ACF Fiorentina2679103236-430
14Udinese Calcio2677122137-1628
15FC Torino2583142845-1727
16UC Sampdoria2575132844-1626
17Genoa CFC2667133147-1625
18US Lecce2667133456-2225
19Spal 20132653182044-2418
20Brescia Calcio2644182249-2716
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Valencia vs Atalanta betting tips FAQs

What time does Valencia vs Atalanta kick off?
20:00 UK time. Tuesday March 10, 2020.
What is the 101 Great Goals prediction for Valencia vs Atalanta?
Valencia 1-2 Atalanta
Who are the bookies favourites to win Valencia vs Atalanta?
Atalanta are 13/10 favourites. Valencia can be backed at 9/5. The draw is 11/4. Odds correct at the time of publishing. Odds via Bet365.
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