Looking to finish off the job on foreign soil and book their spot in quarter-final of this year’s Champions League, a well-rested Atalanta will make the trip to a downbeat Estadio de Mestalla on Tuesday night.
While the situation outbreak in Italy may have seen La Dea make just a single appearance over the past three weeks, Atalanta did secure a stunning 7-2 win away at Leece nine days ago and also landed an emphatic 4-1 victory when they hosted the Bats a fortnight ago.
On the flip side, while a well-rested Atalanta might be enjoying an extended purple patch, Valencia have drastically struggled to find any momentum or form since returning from the festive break.
Landing just a sole victory in their last seven matchups across all competitions, including a 3-0 hammering against Real Sociedad last month, Tuesday’s hosts simply have their sights set on trying to save some face in midweek.
Hit for four when they made the trip to Bergamo in the first-leg, you might be interested to know that another victory for a free-scoring Atalanta can be found priced at 13/10 with Paddy Power.
Valencia in downfall
Throwing away the lead once again away at Alavés on Friday night and having to settle for just a point on the road, Valencia find themselves in the midst of what has become an extended rut.
With just a sole victory to their name since the 4th of February, there is no doubt that Head Coach Albert Celades will have a growing headache over his side’s continued issues at the back.
Including being hit with what was an abysmal 4-1 defeat away at Atalanta in the first-leg a fortnight ago, the Bats allowed Alavés to have 13 shots on their goal last time out and are without a clean sheet in their last seven appearances on the bounce.
More worrying, along with being hugely outplayed in their 3-0 defeat against Real Sociedad last month, Tuesday’s hosts have shipped two or more goals in all bar two of their last seven outings.
Also hit with another 3-0 loss when they hosted Ajax at the Estadio de Mestalla back in October, you might be interested to know that Valencia can be found at 4/5 with Coral to once again ship over 1.5 goals in midweek.
The free-scoring Italians
Although the situation outbreak in Italy may have played havoc with Atalanta’s fixtures, Le Dea are enjoying a remarkable winning run when they are on the pitch.
Putting seven past Leece last time out, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have won their last four matches on the bounce, including that 4-1 victory against Valencia a fortnight ago.
With a growing reputation as one of the most exciting teams across Europe, Atalanta still find themselves holding the best-attacking record in Italy’s top-tier after bagging a stunning 20 goals in just their last five domestic appearances.
While Colombian international Duvan Zapata may have stolen the headlines with his hat-trick against Leece last time out, fans around Bergamo have been hugely excited by Jossip Iličić’s continued purple patch.
Also finding the net against Leece nine days ago, the 32-year-old has found the net in back-to-back appearances and has now recorded 10 goals in as many matchups across all competitions.
Getting on the scoresheet against Valencia in the first-leg, you might be interested to know that Iličić can be found pencilled in at 3/2 with William Hill to extend on his tally in midweek.