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Man Utd and Atalanta set for high-scoring Champions League thriller

Manchester United vs Atalanta Bergamo Preview 20/10/2021

18 October 2021 | Champions League | Preview
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Man Utd and Atalanta set for high-scoring Champions League thriller
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Manchester United must bounce back when they welcome Atalanta to Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have managed to win just one of their last five games in all competitions and sit third in Group F – level with Young Boys on three points.

At the opposite end of the group, Atalanta are unbeaten and find themselves first in Group F – one point ahead of Man Utd.

The Red Devils head into Wednesday’s clash on the back of a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Saturday.

They have now failed to win any of their past three Premier League games and have only managed to win two of their previous seven in all competitions.

Man Utd kicked off their Champions League with a 2-1 defeat to Young Boys, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka receiving a first-half red card.

They bounced back on Matchday 2, however, coming from behind to beat Villarreal thanks to an Alex Telles wonder-goal and a 95th-minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has netted five goals in eight appearances across all competitions since returning to Old Trafford.

On the flip side, Atalanta come into this game on the back of a 4-1 thrashing of Empoli, with Josip Ilicic bagging a first-half brace.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side racked up a whopping 22 shots on Sunday, picking up their fourth Serie A victory of the season in the process.

When you look at the bigger picture, Atlanta have lost just two of their ten encounters in all competitions this term.

They remain unbeaten in the Champions League, having drawn 2-2 with Villarreal and beaten Young Boys 1-0 on Matchday 2.

It is also worth pointing out that Atalanta have scored at least two goals in six of their ten matches this season.

Head-to-head: This is the very first meeting between Man Utd and Atalanta, meaning there are no previous results to assess for this clash.

Team news: Man Utd centre-back Raphael Varane will be out for a few weeks through injury, while Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are doubts.

As for Atalanta, injured quartet Robin Gosens, Matteo Pessina, Hans Hateboer and Berat Djimsiti are all unavailable for Wednesday’s clash.

Both these sides have been wildly unpredictable this season, meaning we could see plenty of goals on Wednesday.

Forebet predicts that Man Utd and Atalanta will dish up a high-scoring draw, with over 3.5 goals expected.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Forebet
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Odds
Score
Live
odds
UCL
343828
X
2 - 2
3.13
4.55
1.72 4.55 4.95 -1 1 1
FT
3 - 2(0 - 2)
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- - -
Champions League Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Manchester City 12 5 4 0 1 17 8 9
2
Paris St. Germain 8 5 2 2 1 9 7 2
3
RB Leipzig 4 5 1 1 3 13 13 0
4
Club Brugge 4 5 1 1 3 5 16 -11
Champions League Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Liverpool 15 5 5 0 0 15 5 10
2
FC Porto 5 5 1 2 2 3 8 -5
3
AC Milan 4 5 1 1 3 5 7 -2
4
Atlético Madrid 4 5 1 1 3 4 7 -3
Champions League Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
AFC Ajax 15 5 5 0 0 16 3 13
2
Sporting CP 9 5 3 0 2 12 8 4
3
Borussia Dortmund 6 5 2 0 3 5 11 -6
4
Besiktas JK 0 5 0 0 5 3 14 -11
Champions League Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Real Madrid 12 5 4 0 1 12 3 9
2
Inter Milano 10 5 3 1 1 8 3 5
3
Sheriff Tiraspol 6 5 2 0 3 6 10 -4
4
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 5 0 1 4 1 11 -10
Champions League Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Bayern München 15 5 5 0 0 19 3 16
2
FC Barcelona 7 5 2 1 2 2 6 -4
3
SL Benfica 5 5 1 2 2 5 9 -4
4
Dynamo Kiev 1 5 0 1 4 1 9 -8
Champions League Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Manchester United 10 5 3 1 1 10 7 3
2
Villarreal CF 7 5 2 1 2 9 7 2
3
Atalanta Bergamo 6 5 1 3 1 10 10 0
4
BSC Young Boys 4 5 1 1 3 6 11 -5
Champions League Group G
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Lille OSC 8 5 2 2 1 4 3 1
2
RB Salzburg 7 5 2 1 2 7 6 1
3
Sevilla FC 6 5 1 3 1 5 4 1
4
VfL Wolfsburg 5 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3
Champions League Group H
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Chelsea 12 5 4 0 1 10 1 9
2
Juventus FC 12 5 4 0 1 9 6 3
3
Zenit 4 5 1 1 3 7 7 0
4
Malmö FF 1 5 0 1 4 1 13 -12

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