Atalanta vs RB Leipzig: prediction for the Europa League match
Atalanta started their European campaign in the Champions League, but team earned only a 3rd spot in the group stage. That's how Bergamo side ended up in the secondary European club tournament.
At the first stage The Goddess played against Olympiacos. Italian club easily beat the Greek champion by a 5:1 score on aggregate. At the second round club narrowly beat Bayer Leverkusen (4:2 on aggregate).
After 31 rounds of Serie A Gian Piero Gasperini's men have 14 victories and nine draws, delivering 51 points and an 8th spot in the standings. Team is only four points adrift from the 6th position. Hosts lost two most recent matches to Napoli (1:3) and Sassuolo (1:2).
Djimsiti, Ilicic, Cabezas and Freuler won't feature for Atalanta in the upcoming match.
RB Leipzig also played in the Champions League, but lost two top spots to PSG and Manchester City. However, team managed to beat Brugge twice and it was enough to secure a play-off spot in the Europa League. In the first round The Red Bulls proved their class in the clash against Real Sociedad, beating the opponent by a 5:3 score on aggregate.
After 29 rounds of Bundesliga Domenico Tedesco's men have 15 victories and six draws, delivering 51 points and a 4th spot in the standings. Team's offensive line averages two goals per game. In two latest matches Bulls smashed Borussia Dortmund (4:1) and Hoffenheim (3:0).
Haidara won't be able to play due to a knee injury.
RB Leipzig are unbeaten for seven consecutive away matches
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It will be a battle between two evenly matched opponents, just like a first leg of the contest. Both sides have a number of experienced and skilled footballers in their line-ups. Both clubs score a lot of goals, but are far from perfect on the defensive end. We are expecting goals from both opponents today.
Our prediction - both teams to score
In our opinion, a second leg will go by the same scenario as the first one. A spot in the semi-final of the prestigious European tournament is at stake, so opponents will be extremely motivated. We think that game will go in extra-time, maybe we will see a penalty shoot-out.
Our second bet is on a draw