UCL: Atalanta vs Liverpool preview, team news, stats and prediction
Atalanta will host current Group D leaders, Liverpool at home in the Gewiss Stadium on Tuesday night. The tie between the Italian and English giants will be the third fixture in this Champions League group stage.
Heading to the fixture, Atalanta remain unbeaten at home after managing to earn a draw against Ajax last week. Conceding two goals in the first half of the game would have spelt doom for the Italians. However, two strikes from Duvan Zapata in the 54th and 60th minutes was enough to seal a 2-2 draw for Atalanta.
Also, in the Serie A last weekend, Atalanta got back to winning ways earning a 1-2 away win against Crotone. A game in which they struck first in the 26th minute and 38th minute, Luis Muriel being the Goalscorer. However, the visitors manages to pull one back in the 40th minute but still lost to Atalanta 1-2.
Liverpool on the other hand, sit on top of the Group D rankings with 2 wins out of 2 UCL fixtures so far. They remain favorites to bag a win in this fixture as they are yet to concede a goal in the UCL this season.
The visitors, Liverpool will travel to Italy ahead of the clash with Atalanta after hosting West Ham at Anfield in an EPL Fixture on Saturday. The EPL champions pulled a comeback victory over The Hammers. With an early goal putting West Ham ahead in the 10th minute, Mo’ Salah levels the scores from the spot 30mins later. A late strike from substitute Diogo Jota puts in win in the bag at Anfield. An 85th minute goal from a chance provided by Xherdan Shakiri seals a second goal for Jota – the first, disallowed by VAR.
Atalanta vs Liverpool STATS
Atalanta are still unbeaten in this Champions League campaign after beating FC Midtjylland 4-0 and bagging a 2-2 against Ajax. Scoring 6 goals and conceding 2, they are second on the log with 4points. However, Atalanta possess a decent record against English opponents in the UEFA Champions League [W2, D1, L1].
Liverpool are currently on a three match away win run ahead of this UCL fixture. However, they have lost their last three matches with Italian opponents in European tournaments.
Atalanta vs Liverpool UCL team news
Atalanta released a 22-man squad list ahead of the UCL group stage clash against Liverpool.
Possible starting Line-up : Sportiello, Hateboer, Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti, Mojica, Freuler, Pasalic, Malinovskyi, Gomez, Muriel.
Liverpool, however announced the availability of Naby Keita and Joel Matip. With the pair returning to training on Sunday, it will unlikely to see them in the starting lineup. However, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp hints in his press conference that a late decision will be taken.
Possible starting Line-up : Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
The game still hangs between the balance. It promises to be a goal filled cracker with both sides hoping to outscore the other. However, the odds edges towards Liverpool to bag a win away in Italy – a first in the last four attempts.
Prediction : Atalanta 2-3 Liverpool