Atalanta vs Everton: Toffees rated value to shine in Italy
Odds: Atalanta 13/10, Draw 11/5, Everton 21/10
Kick Off: 1800, 14/09/2017
Stadium: Stadio Citta del Tricolore
TV: BT Sport
Everton worked hard to reach the Europa League group stage and are fancied get their campaign off to a flying start by beating Atalanta in Italy.
The Toffees came through four games against Ruzomberok and Hajduk Split without tasting defeat to get this far and should find Thursday’s hosts a level below their recent Premier League opponents.
Ronald Koeman may look to keep things tight early on, but we still reckon the visitors can come through to prevail at 21/10 in our Atalanta vs Everton betting predictions.
A Look At Atalanta’s Betting Odds
Atalanta put in a sterling effort in Serie A last season, even earning the tag of being Italy’s version of Leicester as they battled to finish in fourth place.
However, that success did not go unnoticed as AC Milan swooped to capture two of their most influential players in full-back Andrea Conti and midfielder Franck Kessie.
Gian Piero Gasperini was given some money to spend on reinforcements, but Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon was the most expensive of a largely uninspiring batch of new recruits.
Early losses to Roma and Napoli looked to expose Atalanta’s limitations this term and they had to come from behind to edge out Sassuolo at home on Sunday.
We’re taking 10/1 for the Toffees to come out on top 2-1 in our Atalanta vs Everton betting tips.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
After beating Stoke and then drawing at Manchester City, Everton have had to face up to some harsh realities of their own following back-to-back losses to Chelsea and Tottenham.
However, it would be unfair to judge the Toffees too harshly on those tough games against last term’s top two in the Premier League.
This still has the feel of a solid outfit and there is some strong Europa League experience, with Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen playing in last season’s final for Manchester United and Ajax respectively.
Veteran full-back Leighton Baines told the club website: “It is an opportunity for us to move on and move forward. It was far from what we want at the weekend but we get a short window now to address it.
“It is a chance to lay down a marker in the group stage, and that is obviously something we would like to do. It would be a big three points if we could do that.
“We know that in Europe, particularly away from home, it will be tough. But it is a game we feel like we can go and win.”
Looking at the Atalanta vs Everton odds, bwin’s special price boost of 11/4 for Rooney to score at anytime takes the eye.
ATALANTA 2-1 Sassuolo – Andreas Cornelius, Andrea Petagna
EVERTON 0-3 Tottenham
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