The match-up that no one expected this late in the Champions League takes place on Wednesday February 19, 2020 as Serie A’s Atalanta take on La Liga’s Valencia. Atalanta are one of the most exciting teams in Europe and Valencia are a team that can beat anyone on their day, so this could be a very fun clash. This game will be played at the San Siro in Milan due to Atalanta’s stadium not being UEFA approved.
Atalanta enter this game in fourth place in Serie A and in the final Champions League spot. They have a six point cushion over fifth place AS Roma and a 10 point lead over sixth place Verona, so Atalanta are sitting in a nice spot currently. The Serie A Champions League spot race plus this season’s Champions League are the only two competitions left on Atalanta’s schedule this season.
Valencia enter the Champions League Round of 16 in seventh place in La Liga and outside all of the European Championship spots. However, La Liga is very tight and Valencia are just four points back of third place Getafe and are just two points back of Atletico Madrid for fourth place and the final La Liga Champions League spot. La Liga and this season’s Champions League are all that Valencia have left to play in this season.
Below is my pick for the Champions League action between Atalanta and Valencia. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook Iowa Sportsbook.
Atalanta (-130) vs Valencia (+330) Draw (+290)
Atalanta fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to come away with a massive 2-1 home win over AS Roma. This game was between the two teams fighting for that final Serie A Champions League spot, so this was really a six point win for Atalanta. The hosts are now unbeaten in five straight games, including three straight wins, and are scoring at will so far this season. Atalanta have a weird home situation and will not be playing this game in their home Bergamo stadium.
Valencia fought back from two one goal deficits to come away with a 2-2 home draw against Atletico Madrid. This was a big game in the Champions League race and Valencia could have seen themselves up to fourth place had they held serve at home. Valencia are now winless in three straight games and have lost four of their last 10 games. The visitors are not great on the road as they have lost three of their last five road fixtures across all competitions.
Series History: These two clubs met in a 2017 club friendly when Atalanta came away with a 2-1 win in Spain.
Game Prediction: I think this is going to be a fun one and I like Atalanta -130 to come away with the win.
2020 Results: 15-13