Atalanta vs Villarreal: Prediction and Betting Tips
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Atalanta need their Serie A form in the Champions League
It will be a clear all-out to-win situation for Atalanta on Wednesday as they trail second-placed Villarreal by one point. Hence, if La Dea want to qualify for the UCL knockout stages, they have to win this match at all costs. However, with just one win in five group matches so far, coach Gasperini hopes his team’s Serie A form will be present against Villarreal.
To demonstrate, Atalanta are undefeated in nine Serie A matches having won each of their previous five. Moreover, La Dea beat Napoli on their own patch at the weekend – something no other team was able to do this season. Nonetheless, in a very thrilling match, Atalanta drew with Young Boys in their last UCL match 3-3. Despite going ahead twice in the match at 0-1 and 1-2, Gasperini’s men couldn’t hold on to their lead.
Villarreal searching for a point
It is always dangerous to play for a draw as Villarreal find themselves in need of a point to secure the second position. With seven points at the second spot and three points away from leaders Manchester United, the Yellow Submarines have no chance of finishing first. As a result, Villarreal’s sole aim is to keep their second position and play in the UCL knockout stages.
Looking at their last five matches, Villarreal beat only lowly Victoria in the Copa Del Rey. Moreover, they lost three of their last five away games. Also, in their previous game at the Ceramica where they lost to Manchester United, Unai Emery’s team failed to score for the first time in five UCL games. Defensively, Villarreal have just one clean sheet on the road in seven games.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Prediction
Atalanta are the obvious favorites to win here considering their Serie A form. However, coach Gasperini needs to find the reasons why La Dea are underperforming in Europe. Certainly, the 63-year old’s first aim is to cut down on the goals conceded.
To illustrate, Atalanta let in eight goals in their last three UCL group stage fixtures. Comparatively, La Dea conceded two goals in three Serie A matches.
As for Villarreal, they started their La Liga season with four straight draws and are winless in their last three games drawing one and losing two.
To conclude, considering Atalanta’s unpredictable form in the Champions League, we prefer to back a double chance outcome combined with under 4.5 goals. And for our second prediction, we will back both teams to score.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Betting Tips
Atalanta win or draw and under 4.5 goals 1.50 at Vbet
Both teams to score Yes 1.60 at Vbet
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