Prediction and odds for the game: Atalanta (17/10) vs Manchester United (29/20)
We are backing the away win
When: Tuesday 2 November 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Gewiss Stadium
On Tuesday night, Atalanta and Manchester United go head-to-head at the Gewiss Stadium, in what could be a pivotal game in Group F of the Champions League.
The Nerazzurri have endured a mixed campaign at home and abroad so far this season. However, the boys from Bergamo have been relatively difficult to beat of late, as they have suffered just one defeat in their last five competitive outings. That one defeat was in the reverse fixture, as Gian Piero Gasperini’s team threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Old Trafford.
The home team needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Martin de Roon to claim a 2-2 draw against Lazio last time out in Serie A. The result leaves the perennial Champions League qualifiers just outside the Italian top-flight’s top-four.
Like all the teams in Group F have had mixed results in this season’s competition, as they have taken four points from their opening three matches. Depending on results elsewhere, the Nerazzurri could find themselves top of the group if they record a home win.
The pressure was on United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to deliver a positive result last time out against Tottenham. His team responded by recording a 3-0 win at the north London club. A switch to a back-three in defence proved to bring the best out of the team and the Norwegian head coach could well stick with the formation that produce such a badly needed result.
The result was needed as it was only United’s third win in eight matches in all competitions. The other two wins were in the Champions League, in that win over Atalanta and a 2-1 win over Villarreal. The back-to-back wins in European football’s elite competition have been enough to take the visitors to the top of Group F.
The recent two straight wins came on the back of a run of three consecutive defeats in the Champions League for the Red Devils.
United have been travel sick in recent seasons in this competition, as the men from Manchester have lost four of their previous five away matches in the Champions League. To make matters worse, the Red Devils have conceded at least two goals in all four losses.
Atalanta’s form this season has not been that convincing, but they are still a dangerous team. Manchester United showed in the win over Spurs just how well they can play. Solskjaer may just have hit upon something with the back-three.
We feel that United could take the momentum from Sunday’s win into this game and claim a victory. This game seems certain to be high-scoring. Atalanta’s style of play tends to create chances for both teams, while the visitor’s last ten Champions League matches have produced over 2.5 goals. With that in mind, we are recommending over 2.5 goals scored. If you are brave, you can back over 3.5 goals scored at 6/5.
Our tips: We are backing the away win at odds of 29/20 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 1/2 (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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