Making a much-needed return to winning ways over the weekend, Manchester City will now turn their attention back to Champions League duties when Serie A outfit Atalanta make the trip to the Etihad on Tuesday night.
Picking up a 2-0 win over a plucky Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, Pep Guardiola’s side are still dreaming of a famous European and domestic double and have arguably saved their best performances for Europe’s top tournament.
While the defending Premier League champions might have opened their Group C campaign with back-to-back victories over Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, Atalanta find themselves in a very different position.
Throwing away a one-goal lead against Zagreb at the start of the month, Tuesday’s guests are yet to pick up a single victory since making their European debut and will travel to Manchester as a rightful landside underdog.
In what will be the first meeting between the two sides, you might be interested to know that the Sky Blues can be found at 1/1 with Ladbrokes to come away with all three points and over 3.5 goals at the Etihad.
Guardiola gets the response he wanted
Although Manchester City may have entered the international break with a shock 2-0 loss at home to Wolves, Pep Guardiola saw his men make a return to their best over the weekend.
Picking up a commanding 2-0 victory over a high-flying Crystal Palace in South London on Saturday evening, the former Barcelona boss also saw their Manchester rivals give them a helping hand across town.
With United snatching two points off of Liverpool, many around the Etihad are still believing that the defending Premier League champions can pull off what would be a famous domestic and European double.
Elsewhere, after being rested for their trip to Selhurst Park over the weekend, there is no doubt that leading marksman Sergio Aguero will be recalled to Guardiola’s starting XI on Tuesday.
Bagging eight goals in his eight Premier League matchups so far this season, you might be interested to know that the Argentinean ace is pencilled in at 13/5 with Paddy Power to bag a brace in midweek.
Fans around the Etihad will also be boosted by the sight of John Stones making his much-needed return on Saturday amid City’s defensive issues.
Having to start with Rodri and Fernandinho at the heart of their defence over the weekend, the England international is likely to slide back in on Tuesday night.
Atalanta’s European headache
Although Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini might see his men enjoying another bright start to their Serie A campaign, I Nerazzurri’s European form has been a huge concern for fans around Bergamo.
Throwing away a one-goal lead and suffering last-gasp heartbreak at home against Dinamo Zagreb earlier in the month, they have now suffered back-to-back defeats in Group C, including a humiliating 4-0 hammering against Shakhtar Donetsk to mark their European debut.
Already slipping to the foot of the table, Atalanta are now priced as high as 6/1 with Coral to pull off what would be a famous comeback and secure a shock spot in the knockout stage.
If the Italian’s are to pull off what would be a notable upset in midweek, then Tuesday’s traveling support will be looking for the red-hot Duvan Zapata to spearhead their charge.
Opening his Champions League account earlier in the month, the 28-year-old has found the net in his last four consecutive appearances and is pencilled in at 21/10 with Bet365 to extend on that tally at the Etihad.