Reigning Europa League winners Villarreal kick off their Champions League Group F campaign on Tuesday night at the Estadio de la Ceramica against Serie A’s Atalanta. This is the third straight season in which Atalanta are playing in the Champions League, a feat many fans wouldn’t have ever expected 10 years ago. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini is aiming to take La Dea back into the knockout stages of the competition.

Villarreal vs Atalanta Match Preview

Group F looks wide open for second place at the very least. Group F is made up of Villarreal, Atalanta, Manchester United, and Young Boys Bern. On the face of it, Manchester United should win Group F leaving second place to fight for between the trio of Villarreal, Atalanta, and Young Boys.

Villarreal only qualified for the 2021-22 Champions League courtesy of winning the Europa League Final against Man United. Unai Emery’s team have started the new season in poor form with three straight draws in La Liga. Villarreal also drew with Chelsea 1-1 in the UEFA Super League.

The Yellow Submarine did not play at the weekend due to having the game postponed with Alaves due to South American players being unable to get back in time for the game. Can Villarreal kick start their season with a win against Atalanta at home in the Champions League Group F?

Villarreal vs Atalanta Betting Odds

 

 

Like Villarreal, Atalanta have started the campaign in poor form. La Dea have posted a record of 1W-1D-1L in three games. Their last two Serie A matches ended without wins. At the weekend, Atalanta lost 2-1 in a thrilling game versus Fiorentina. Gasperini has a strong team and should rebound from the defeat at the weekend.

 

Atalanta’s best betting odds to win at the end of full-time are at 17/10. The Italian team reached the last 16 of the tournament in 2020-21 where they lost to Real Madrid 4-1 on aggregate. Since qualifying for the Champions League in 2019 for the first time, Atalanta have been one of Italy’s strongest and most consistent sides.

Villarreal are at the best betting odds of 31/20 to win at full-time. The Yellow Submarine have drawn three straight matches this season. The team has failed to score in two matches and scored just twice this season. Villarreal have conceded just two goals this term.

Based on Villarreal drawing three games this season, a stalemate could be on the cards on Tuesday night. The teams’ best betting odds to draw at full-time are at 53/20. Atalanta lost just once in last season’s Champions League. That defeat was against Liverpool in Bergamo. Villarreal are coached by Emery, who is a master of the Europa League. Can he master the Champions League?

Villarreal vs Atalanta Team News

Emery has a major injury problem going into the Champions League group stage. Striker Gerard Moreno is ruled out until October with a thigh muscle injury. Moreno has not scored this season, but in 2020-21, he tallied 23 goals and seven assists in La Liga. He will be a massive absence for Emery as Villarreal have scored a mere three goals in three games in all competitions.

Midfielder Dani Parejo is a doubt with a muscle injury. Winger Samuel Chukwueze is also a doubt following a hip injury. The 22-year-old winger has been on the sideline for four months following a serious knee injury suffered in last season’s Europa League. Chukwueze was brilliant for Villarreal before the injury occurred.

Gasperini has two players on the Atalanta injury list. Forward Luis Muriel is a doubt due to a muscle injury. Defender Hans Hateboer is ruled out of the game with a foot issue. Atalanta average 1.0 goals per game in Serie A but also concede an average of 1.0 goals per match.

Villarreal vs Atalanta H2H

Villarreal and Atalanta have not played in any competition previously. This will be their first-ever match against one another. Atalanta have been very good in the Champions League in the last few years, qualifying for the knockout stage in back-to-back years. La Dea have started slowly in Serie A with four points from nine.

Villarreal have also started the season slowly with three points from nine in La Liga. All three points came from a trio of draws. Villarreal did not play at the weekend due to their match with Alaves being postponed.

Villarreal vs Atalanta Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 4/7 - BET NOW

 

 

Atalanta have seen two of their three goals in Serie A finish with both teams scoring goals. La Dea do concede goals despite scoring them at the other end. Villarreal have had one of their three games in La Liga finish with both teams scoring goals. Our betting tips prediction is for both sides to score goals at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

 

Duvan Zapata to score anytime @ 13/8 - BET NOW

 

 

Atalanta have scored just three times in three games this season. One of those goals came from striker Duvan Zapata. The Colombian should start in attack with Luis Muriel suffering from an injury. Zapata scored 15 goals in 37 matches in Serie A last term. Our betting tips prediction is for Zapata to get a goal anytime.

 

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 4/6 - BET NOW

 

 

Villarreal are coming off of their last La Liga fixture which ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Atalanta have had two of their three games in Serie A finish with more than 2.5 goals tallied. Our betting tips prediction is for these sides to both get goals in a game that finishes with over 2.5 goals. Atalanta have a defensive issue against good teams and are likely to concede to Villarreal, who may struggle with finishing as Gerard Moreno is ruled out with an injury.

 

Emery’s team should play well at home despite failing to win any of their three games this season in La Liga. Tuesday night’s Champions League matchday 1 fixture could finish in a Villarreal win or draw against Atalanta.