Editor note: Due to snow on Wednesday, this match was postponded until Thursday evening.
Atalanta host Villarreal on Champions League matchday 6 in a winner-take-all affair at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo. A lot can still happen in Champions League Group F ahead of Wednesday night’s matches. Villarreal can still win the group with a victory over Atalanta and Manchester United loss to Young Boys.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Match Preview
Atalanta are third heading into matchday 6 and a victory over Villarreal can send them into the round of 16 for the third straight season. Anything less for Gian Piero Gasperini’s team and Atalanta may play Europa League football after January.
If Atalanta lose to Villarreal away and Young Boys can somehow pull off a second straight win versus Manchester United, then the Swiss champions would finish third. Based on form, that is highly unlikely to occur, however.
Villarreal are in awful form going into the match on Wednesday night at home. Unai Emery’s team is winless in four of their last five games with three matches ending in defeat. The Yellow Submarine are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Sevilla in La Liga. Meanwhile, Atalanta are in brilliant form ahead of Champions League matchday 6 and are 10 games without a defeat.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Betting Odds
Atalanta are unbeaten in 10 straight matches in all competitions. Each of Atalanta’s last three fixtures, all Serie A matches, ended as victories. Gasperini’s team messed the bed on Champions League matchday 5. A 3-3 draw in Bern against Young Boys stopped them from moving into second place. Now, Gasperini needs the team to continue their excellent form to overtake Villarreal in the table.
The reverse fixture between Atalanta and Villarreal finished 2-2. Atalanta’s Remo Freuler opened the scoring after six minutes, but Villarreal’s Manuel Trigueros levelled the score just before halftime. In the second period, Arnaut Danjuma scored on 73 minutes. With Villarreal headed for the win, Robin Gosens popped up to score with seven minutes to play. Villarreal’s Francis Coquelin was sent off near full-time.
Leading bookies’ best betting odds on an Atalanta win at full-time are at 4/5. Based on form, these teams are going in opposite directions. Emery’s campaign at Villarreal is reminiscent of his time at Arsenal. After a strong campaign, the team is now struggling and has only won six of 20 matches in all competitions.
Bookies’ best betting odds on a Villarreal win at full-time are at 17/5. Villarreal have drawn eight of their 20 matches this season, including matchday 1’s fixture against Atalanta. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw are at 16/5.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Team News
Atalanta coach Gasperini will be missing Robin Gosens and Matteo Lovato from the team through injury. Gosens scored the leveller against Villarreal on Champions League matchday 1. While Gosens and Lovato are both ruled out of the match, Gasperini has no other injury issues ahead of the match.
Atalanta pulled within four points of Serie A’s first-place team, AC Milan, at the weekend. La Dea defeated Serie A’s previous first-place team, Napoli, at the weekend 3-2. Gasperini should start leading goalscorer Duvan Zapata in attack. Zapata has 11 goals in all competitions, while attack partner Mario Pasalic has bagged eight in all competitions.
Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino is ruled out of the match due to a suspension. The Yellow Submarine signed former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier in October. However, the defender is ineligible to play.
Arnaut Danjuma and Francis Coquelin are both suffering from injuries, but should return to the team this week to take part. Gerard Moreno has been injured for long stretches this season, but is expected to play in attack as is Manu Trigueros. Wednesday’s game is a must-win for Villarreal. If they lose to high-flying Atalanta, they will finish third.
Atalanta vs Villarreal H2H
The only previous head-to-head match between these teams finished 2-2, and went back and forth. Wednesday’s game is set to be close and cagey. Both teams hold their Champions League futures in their hands. The winner of the match will advance to the round of 16.
Villarreal are in terrible form and coming off of a 1-0 loss to Sevilla. Atalanta, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 10 straight games and each of their last three matches finished as wins. Atalanta have lost just three times this season, but two of those losses came at home.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 59/100 - BET NOW
The reverse fixture between these teams finished 2-2 as the spoils were shared. Atalanta have had four of their five matches in the Champions League finish with both teams scoring. Their defence has been guilty of conceding goals this term with 29 allowed in 21 games in all competitions. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score on Wednesday night.
Over 2.5 goals @ 4/7 - BET NOW
The teams combined for more than 2.5 goals in the previous fixture and our betting tips prediction is for it to occur once more. This is a high stakes game as the winner will qualify for the Champions League round of 16. The other will go into the Europa League. Four of Atalanta’s five Champions League matches ended with over 2.5 goals. Three of Villarreal’s five Champions League games finished with over 2.5 goals.
Last team to score: Atalanta @ 11/20 - BET NOW
Atalanta came from behind in the previous fixture to score in the 83rd minute to draw the game. Our betting tips prediction is for the Italian team to score last and to progress to the round of 16 with a win. Gasperini’s team is in excellent form and should keep it going against a Villarreal side that is struggling.
Atalanta have scored last in each of their last three matches. Our betting tips prediction is for them to get the final goal of the game, to win, and progress to the round of 16. It will be the third straight season Atalanta qualify for the round of 16. Meanwhile, Villarreal will have the chance to defend their Europa League trophy from last season.
Atalanta vs Villarreal Betting Tips
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