Monday, December 6, 2021

Prediction: Atalanta vs Manchester United

Verdict: Over 1.5 goals in the first-half

Best Odds: 6/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to build off of their thumping victory over the weekend, Manchester United will turn their attention back to Champions League duties when they make the trip out to Atalanta on Tuesday night.

Atalanta

Starting with the hosts, managing to snatch a last-gasp point on home soil over the weekend, Atalanta will be desperate to build off of those positives. Eventually grabbing an injury-time equalizer against Lazio in their 2-2 draw at the Gewiss Stadium, La Dea will be hoping to put last month’s Champions League heartbreak behind them. Throwing away a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford a fortnight ago as they suffered an action-packed 3-2 defeat against Tuesday’s opponents, Head Coach Gian Piero Gasperini now finds his side sat outside the top-two in Group F. Although Atalanta might have marked their return from October’s international break with a 4-1 romp away at Empoli, the midweek hosts have largely struggled with their consistency since opening up the 2021/22 campaign. With just a pair of wins from their last six matchups across all formats, it should also be noted that Gasperini’s side have picked up just a single clean sheet since the middle of September.

Team News

Atalanta will once again be without defender Rafael Toloi on Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old will be joined on the sidelines by fellow first-team stars Berat Djimsiti, Robin Gosens, Matteo Pessina and Hans Hateboer.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, while the pressure might not be fully off of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoulders, his Manchester United side did land a much-needed boost over the weekend. Making the trip to fellow Premier League strugglers Tottenham on Saturday evening, the former top-flight champions picked up an eye-catching 3-0 romp in north London. With their Norweigan boss making it clear that his side must build off their flurry in the capital, United will be desperate to prove their weekend display was not just a minor boost. Finding a way to bounce back from their dreadful 5-0 drumming against bitter rivals Liverpool on October 24th, Solskjaer’s side have still won just a trio of their last 10 matchups across all formats. However, while Tuesday’s guests might have needed a real miracle as they snatched that stellar 3-2 win against Atalanta a fortnight ago, the Premier League giants have managed to find a route to the top of Group F.

Team News

After starting his domestic suspension over the weekend, Paul Pogba could make his return on Champions League duties in midweek.

Likewise, recovering from an injury issue, Anthony Martial has been given the green light to feature on Tuesday night.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off last month, Manchester United picked up a stunning turnaround 3-2 win at Old Trafford.
    • Atalanta have seen each of their last six matchups across all formats finish with both teams finding the net.
    • Each of United’s last four contests have finished with over 2.5 goals.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded three Champions League goals so far this season.
    • La Dea have recorded a clean sheet in just one of their last six home fixtures across all formats.

    Conclusion

    Managing to storm their way to a thumping 3-0 win away at Tottenham over the weekend, Manchester United will be desperate to build off of that result. However, while the Premier League giants might have eventually landed that stellar 3-2 win at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, the Reds have largely struggled with their consistency so far this season. Still trying to fully bounce back from their woeful 5-0 drumming at the hands of Liverpool, neutrals will be hoping for another action-packed affair in midweek. With Atalanta only continuing to gain a reputation for their lively outcomes, don’t be surprised to see another all-out contest in Italy on Tuesday night.

    Verdict: Over 1.5 goals in the first-half 

    Best Odds: 6/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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