Atalanta Slightly Favored to Advance
Atalanta and RB Leipzig started the season dreaming about winning the UEFA Champions League. Now, both aim to win the UEFA Europa League for the first time. Not bad for a consolation prize, right?
After Thursday, only one will be able to keep pursuing that goal. Atalanta dominates the soccer lines thanks to a +160 prize, but Leipzig is used to sealing the deal on the road.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Europa League odds for Atalanta vs Leipzig. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Atalanta All-in on the UEL
Prior to this crucial game, Atalanta visited Sassuolo in the Italian Serie A. I predicted a draw, but Hamed Junior Traore was too much for the Nerazzurri and they ended up losing 2-1. Domestically, Atalanta lost three of its last five games.
Here’s another proof that winning the UEL is Atalanta’s main goal. Juan Musso, Jose Palomino, Luis Muriel, Teun Koopmeiners, and Davide Zappacosta picked up some much-needed rest on Sunday. All five were starters in the first leg against RB Leipzig.
Fresh legs can make a huge difference in a short tournament. Playing at home can also make a huge difference. In that regard, Atalanta lost just one of its last six home games in all competitions.
After being eliminated from the UCL, Atalanta faced Olympiakos (Play-off) and Bayer Leverkusen (Round of 16) in the UEL. The Italian side defeated both at Gewiss Stadium, 2-1 and 3-2. The Nerazzurri have been the betting online favorites each time they played at home.
Individually, keep an eye on Muriel, who’s the team’s top scorer in this tournament with three goals.
RB Leipzig Going Through a Hot Streak
RB Leipzig hasn’t lost in its last 12 games. Most recently, they crushed Hoffenheim 3-0. The Red Bulls won’t win the Bundesliga title, but they’re aiming to finish in the top four.
Regarding the UEL, they eliminated Real Sociedad in the Play-off. After drawing 2-2 at home in the first leg, they had to go and win in Spain, and they did, 3-1. They didn’t play in the Round of 16 because Spartak Moscow was disqualified.
The Red Bulls are well-balanced and talented. In the first leg, head coach Domenico Tedesco left Emil Forsberg on the bench.
Forsberg is competing with Christopher Nkunku and Andre Silva. Nkunku has scored 28 goals while Silva has scored 15. They’re the main reason for you to consider including the German side in your soccer picks. Especially at +170.
Yussuf Poulsen and Tyler Adams will return after missing a couple of games due to injury. Again, this team has talent to spare. On the other hand, Amadou Haidara remains out.
Atalanta vs Leipzig Head-to-Head
The first leg was the first time that Atalanta and RB Leipzig met in a UEFA competition. Atalanta opened the can thanks to Luis Muriel, while RB Leipzig tied it thanks to Davide Zappacosta. The home side evened the score thanks to an own goal.
The game may have ended 1-1, but it was a thrilling contest. Both combined for 35 shots, and four of those hit the post.
Atalanta vs Leipzig Game Information
- Date: Thursday, April 14
- Time: 12:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo
- Atalanta vs Leipzig Live Stream: fuboTV
Atalanta vs Leipzig Betting Lines
Atalanta vs Leipzig Prediction
Barcelona is the online gambling favorite to win the UEL at +135. Then, we have Atalanta and RB Leipzig, both at +450. You can expect a back-and-forth battle with plenty of goals. Also, we’re talking about Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata (who didn’t play the first leg), Christopher Nkunku, and Andre Silva on the same pitch.
You won’t find a more tempting underdog than RB Leipzig, so go ahead and take a shot on the visitors.
Score Prediction: RB Leipzig 3, Atalanta 2