Kick-off: 2000, 06/11/2019
Stadium: San Siro
TV: BT Sport
Atalanta had the audacity to score first when visiting Manchester City but went on to suffer a 5-1 Champions League mauling in that match.
La Dea will have to go on the offensive again in the return fixture at the San Siro as they try to recover from three straight Group C defeats, but this looks a lost cause.
The best they can hope for is to grab another consolation goal, in our opinion, so 23/20 for an away win and both teams to score is our initial Atalanta vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Atalanta’s Betting Odds
Atalanta’s fairytale rise to feature among Europe’s elite has turned into a nightmare, with 11 goals conceded and just two scored in those defeats.
After going down 4-0 at Dinamo Zagreb, La Dea looked on course to bounce back when Duvan Zapata put them ahead against Shakhtar at this venue, being used due to development work at their own ground.
However, they went on to lose that game 2-1 after conceding deep into stoppage time and the Etihad Stadium drubbing was another big setback.
Head coach Gian Piero Gasperini was frustrated his side failed to build on their good start after Ruslan Malinovskyi broke the deadlock from the penalty spot.
He said: “It’s a heavy defeat and the big disappointment is that we managed to score first.
“City are a great side, but we should have done better and we could have scored more goals.
“My players did some good things, which we can build on, but of course, City are devastating with some space.”
La Dea should be more competitive in Italy, but only to the extent of narrowing the gap and 14/5 for the Blues to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 appeals from the Atalanta vs Man City odds.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City need just one more win to secure an early place in the knockout rounds after Sergio Aguero’s double and then a Raheem Sterling hat-trick put Atalanta to the sword.
Even an injury to Rodri and the late dismissal of Phil Foden could not take the gloss off another explosive performance from the tournament favourites.
Pep Guardiola commented: “It was a really tough game against a really tough opponent. It was an incredible effort, because they have a lot of quality.
“That is why I am so satisfied with the result. Three more points in the next game and we will be in the next stage.”
The Blues had previously laboured to a 2-0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb, but were much more convincing when romping to a 3-0 triumph at Shakhtar on Matchday 1.
Guardiola’s men were 2-0 up at the break when visiting the Ukraine and will be keen to assert their authority on this fixture early on again.
Let’s finish off our Atalanta vs Man City betting tips by taking 21/20 for the Blues to be in front at half-time and full-time.
City will be without David Silva after the Spanish playmaker suffered a muscular injury in Saturday’s Premier League win over Southampton and was not included in the squad to travel to Italy.
Midfielder Foden is suspended after his sending-off in the last game against Atalanta, while Rodri (hamstring), Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte (all knee) are also out.
Last Champions League result:
MAN CITY 5-1 ATALANTA – Sergio Aguero (2), Raheem Sterling (3) + Ruslan Malinovsky (pen)
Previous head-to-head: N/A
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