Kick-off: 2000, 24/02/2021
Stadium: Stadio di Bergamo
TV: BT Sport
Atalanta reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season but will need to get past 13-times winners Real Madrid if they are to match that achievement this year.
The Italians finished runners-up behind Liverpool in Group D but have shown that on their day they can be a match for anyone.
Real Madrid will be wary of the firepower the Italians possess and we’re tempted to think they will settle for a draw at 14/5 as our top Atalanta vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Atalanta’s Betting Odds
Atalanta have been one of the most entertaining teams in Europe in the past couple of seasons and neutrals will hope for a high-scoring contest here.
They thrashed Valencia 4-1 in the first leg at this stage last season before a 4-3 win in Spain completed an 8-4 aggregate victory.
La Dea were then on the verge of an upset in the quarter-finals when they took a first-half lead against PSG but they conceded an equaliser in the 90th minute before letting in a winner in the third minute of stoppage time.
Their results in the group stage this season again highlighted how unpredictable Atalanta can be, most notably losing 5-0 at home to Liverpool but then winning 2-0 at Anfield.
They are in contention to be the top-scoring team in Serie A again this season, having put four goals past the likes of Roma and Lazio already, so it is little wonder that over 2.5 goals is just 1/2 in the Atalanta vs Real Madrid odds.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real Madrid were eliminated at the last-16 stage last season and are 23/10 to suffer the same fate but will be desperate to avoid a repeat.
They paid the price for finishing runners-up behind PSG in their group 12 months ago when they were drawn against Manchester City and lost both legs 2-1.
Zinedine Zidane’s men made hard work of getting through the group stage this season, losing both games against Shakhtar Donetsk, but a 2-0 win at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in their final match clinched top spot ahead of the Germans.
They conceded at least two goals in four of their six matches and have looked vulnerable in defence at times in La Liga, especially when losing 4-1 at struggling Valencia in November.
There is no doubt though that they have the firepower to claim valuable away goals in Bergamo, with Karim Benzema having scored five goals during the group stage.
With that in mind, we’re backing a 2-2 draw as the last of our Atalanta vs Real Madrid betting tips.
Last Champions League result:
Ajax 0-1 ATALANTA – Luis Muriel
REAL MADRID 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach – Karim Benzema (2)
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