Two of Europe’s most entertaining matches face off this week in the highly anticipated Champions League clash. Atalanta will welcome Liverpool to the Gewiss Stadium this Tuesday. The match kickoffs at 11 pm.
The two sides have never met in their past histories at this level of competition. Both sides also occupy the leading roles in charge of Group D. Each side will strive to make the knockout rounds this Tuesday.
The Liverpool defense is becoming a major headache for Jurgen Klopp after the long-term injury of Virgil Van Dijk. It followed with a hamstring injury to incumbent defender Fabinho. However, the return of Joel Matip might hand Klopp some weight off his back.
Young sensation Nathaniel Philips stepped out to fill their void last weekend in their 2-1 win over Sheffield United. The new addition to the squad was impressive on his debut, earning a Man of the Match.
Atalanta has transformed themselves as one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers under Gian Piero Gasperini. The attacking threat for the side will likely shake the weakened defense for the Liverpool side.
Only one team has more goals in Serie A so far this season with Atalanta with already 17 goals in their opening six games. Only two clubs have managed more goals in the Champions League groups heading into matchday three.
Atalanta vs. Liverpool Head to Head
Both sides will be meeting for their first time in their recent histories of the competition. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Crotone 1-2 Atalanta
Atalanta 2-2 Ajax
Atalanta 1-3 Sampdoria
FC Midtjylland 0-4 Atalanta
Napoli 4-1 Atalanta
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham
Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
Everton 2-2 Liverpool
Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool
Atalanta Team News
Robin Gosens and Marten De Roon have been left out of the camp’s side squad to face Liverpool this Tuesday due to injury. After coming on as a sub last weekend, Zapata will lead the attacking line for Gasperini. The Colombian has had a hand in six goals for five Champions League starts for the Italian outfit.
Liverpool Team News
The return of Joel Matip might cloud the possibility of Nathaniel Philips to get some minutes in the Champions League. Naby Keita also made back to training and looked set to start on the bench. After pulling a match-winning goal, Jota will hope to maintain his position in the starting lineup.
Prediction and Odds
We expect a high goal-scoring affair this Tuesday with both teams bolstering on their counterattacks.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5