Battling from behind to pick up three points over the weekend, Manchester City will now turn their attentions back to European duties when they make the trip to Atalanta’s Gewiss Stadium on Wednesday night.
Now enjoying a five-match winning run across all competitions, Pep Guardiola’s men find themselves holding a five-point buffer at the top of Group C and are on the verge of clinching their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League.
On the flip side, while the Sky Blues might be enjoying a bright run in Europe’s premier tournament, the same cannot be said for Wednesday’s hosts.
Losing all three of their Group C matches since making their Champions League debut back in September, Atalanta find themselves sat at the foot of the table and the mood in their camp remains at a worrying low.
Also suffering a 5-1 hammering when they made the trip to the Etihad a fortnight ago, you might be interested to know that the defending Premier League champions can be found at 7/5 with Bet365 to leave with all three points and over 2.5 goals in midweek.
Atalanta’s European nightmare
Putting in arguably a season-worst display and booed off by large sections of the Gewiss Stadium after their shock 2-0 defeat at home to Cagliari, Atalanta are suffering from quite the hangover after their stellar campaign last time out.
Despite taking Italy by storm during the 2018/2019 Serie A season, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have lost each of their opening three debut Champions League appearances and have been one of Europe’s biggest underachievers heading into November.
Shipping a staggering 11 goals in their three Group C defeats, it is no surprise that a huge part of Atalanta’s continued issues have come down to some glaring struggles at the back.
Now conceding two or more goals in four of their last five matches across all competitions, you might be interested to know that La Dea can be found at 10/11 with Coral to ship over 2.5 goals on Wednesday.
If Atalanta are to land what would be a famous upset in midweek, then fans around the Gewiss Stadium will be looking for leading marksman Luis Muriel to lead their charge.
Bagging five goals in his last five appearances, including three in his last two on home soil, the 28-year-old can be found at 7/4 with Coral to extend on that tally in midweek.
Manchester City – The Champions League favourites?
While Manchester City might still see Liverpool holding a six-point buffer at the top of the Premier League after pulling off their own great escape on Saturday, the Sky Blues have still continued to shine while on European duties.
With one foot already in the knockout stage and winning each of their three Group C appearances, many around the Etihad are starting to believe that their side can lift their first European title come next year.
You might be interested to know that Pep Guardiola’s men can be found at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to lift the title in Istanbul next year, ahead of Barcelona who are pencilled in at 6/1.
One man to keep an eye out for on Wednesday will be leading marksman, Sergio Aguero.
Once again finding the net against Southampton while on Premier League duties over the weekend, the Argentinean ace now has five goals in his last four matches across all competitions and should be looking to exploit Atalanta’s continued defensive issues.
Aguero can be found at 7/10 with Paddy Power to extend on his tally on foreign soil in midweek.