Round two of the Champions League group stages begins on Tuesday and Atalanta have the chance to cement their place as top dogs in Group D and take a big step in qualifying for the knockout stages when they host Ajax at the Gewiss Stadium.
La Dea easily took care of business in their opening game, winning 4-0 away at FC Midtjylland to go top of the standings, and will be desperate to make it maximum points ahead of what will be a tough double-header against Liverpool.
Ajax were far from disgraced in their first Champions League outing this season but a defeat is a defeat no matter what positives they could take from the 1-0 loss to Liverpool, and they will need a result to keep them in touch with Atalanta, ahead of back-to-back clashes against perceived whipping boys Midtjylland.
Atalanta vs Ajax Betting Odds
These two sides have never met before but both have impressed in the Champions League in recent times, with the Dutch giants reaching the semi-finals two seasons ago - surrendering a 3-0 advantage against Spurs to bow out on away goals.
Atalanta made it to the quarters last term in their first foray in Europe's elite competition, only losing 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain to goals scored in the 90th and 93rd minute.
Unsurprisingly, given their more recent success as well as home advantage, Gian Piero Gaserpini's men are the favourites at a best price of 4/5, while Ajax are available at 13/4 and the draw is on offer at 17/5.
Atalanta vs Ajax Team News
The form of these two sides could not be more contrasting going into this match-up with Atalanta suffering their second successive Serie A defeat, going down 3-1 at home to Sampdoria.
However, there were extenuating circumstances for that setback with I Nerazzurri paying the price for resting players.
Atalanta out-shot Samp by 20-7 but were only better on target by 5-4. Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel are expected to return to the starting line-up on Tuesday to improve those statistics, while Rafael Tolio and Cristian Romero look set to be recalled to shore up the defence.
Erik ten Hag has welcome headaches for this one after his side bounced back from the Liverpool defeat to record the biggest ever victory in Eredivisie history with a 13-0 mauling of VVV-Venlo.
Teenager Lassina Traore bagged five and provided three assists to push himself into the frame for a start on Tuesday, while Jurgen Ekkelenkamp did his cause no harm with a brace.
Antony and Sean Klaiber also impressed but the likes of David Neres, Noussair Mazraoui and Mohammed Kudus could still be recalled.
Atalanta vs Ajax Predictions
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Atalanta are worthy favourites for the clash and it is hard to make a case against La Dea coming up trumps as, after a disastrous start to their European adventure, they have now won five and lost just one of their last seven games in the Champions League - and that was a dramatic last-gasp heartache to PSG.
By contrast, Ajax have won only one of their last five and will find their work cut out on Tuesday, despite contrasting domestic form.
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However, they can at least get on the scoresheet in what could easily be a goal-fest, because win or lose, there are often goals galore in Atalanta games, as recent results testify.
The Italian outfit have recorded victories of 5-2, 4-1 and 4-2 already this season, as well as the 4-0 success over Midtjylland, while they have been beaten 4-1 and 3-1 in their last two Serie A matches.
Although Ajax should not expect to have things all their own way again, any team that can score 13 in a match makes them a threat to the opposing team.
Ajax's better form in the Champions League has also come on the road and they have scored in ten of their last 11 matches away from the Johan Cruyff Arena, and can do so again on Tuesday.
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Atalanta vs Ajax will kick-off at 20:00 on Tuesday 27 October.A