Real Madrid won’t want to take many risks against Atalanta with a draw required to progress to the last eight of the champions league.
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last eight matches in all competitions. They sit 6 points behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga. Zinedine Zidane’s side won five straight matches including 1-0 at Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League. Los Blancos played against 10 men for 73 minutes in Italy with Ferland Mendy scoring a late winner. Real Madrid returned to La Liga with a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad and 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid. They scored late equalisers in both games. Real Madrid’s last match was a 2-1 home win against Elche. They had 66% possession and 17-3 shots but needed two late goals from Karim Benzema to take all three points. Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal is injured and defensive midfielder Casemiro is suspended.
Atalanta are undefeated in 22 of their last 25 matches in all competitions. They have won five of their last six matches in Serie A and are currently in fourth spot. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side had some back luck against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. Remo Freuler was sent off in the 17th minute and Los Blancos scored the winner in the 86th minute. Atalanta returned to Serie A with a 2-0 win at Sampdoria and 5-1 home win against Crotone. They then lost 1-0 at Inter Milan despite having 55% possession, 15-3 shots and 0.68-0.18 expected goals. Atalanta’s last match was a 3-1 home win against Spezia. Mario Pasalic scored either side of Luis Muriel to 3-0 up before conceding late on. Centre back Bosko Sutalo and right back Hans Hateboer are injured. Midfielder Remo Freuler is suspended.
Real Madrid and Atalanta met for the first time in the first leg. Real Madrid won 1-0, Ferland Mendy scoring the winner in the 86th minute after Atalanta were reduced to 10 men in the 17th minute. Real Madrid know Atalanta are dangerous and are likely to sit back and take very little risk, But we are tipping Atalanta to find break the potential low block with a win at the Spanish Capital.
PREDICTION : ATALANTA 2-1 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : ATALANTA WIN OR DRAW