Man United vs Atalanta
Competition: Champions League
Kick Off: 8pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Match Betting Odds
Man United win: 1.7
Atalanta win: 5.0
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Over 2.5 Goals: 1.5
Under 2.5 Goals: 2.75
Both teams to score
BTTS Yes: 147
BTTS No: 2.6
Odds are accurate as of 20/10/2021 on Betfair and may be subject to change.
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Can Atalanta upset the odds?
I just can’t help but look at the price of the visitors tonight and think, that’s pretty bloody tasty.
The boys from Bergamo really ignited their season with a brilliant 4-1 win at Empoli on Sunday. Josip Ilicic bagged a brace and will hope to start here and emulate some of his previous champions league heroics.
Let’s be honest, United aren’t great defensively, especially without Varane. Atalanta were one of the best attacking sides in the whole of Europe last season and looked like themselves again at the weekend, Duvan Zapata was also on the scoresheet and will be a massive thorn in United’s side.
So far in Europe United have been beaten by Young Boys before beating Villarreal, but if anyone watched that game they’ll know they really didn’t deserve it. Villarreal were much the better side, especially in the first half, even with two of their best forwards (Moreno & Chuckwueze) both missing.
Atalanta games are often a battle of out scoring the opposition and nothing else and it’s a formula they’ve became masters at. If they start on the front foot they could be very dangerous, especially with the potential for the atmosphere to turn with pressure mounting on OGS.
5.0 to win but also 2.1 for double chance looks fantastic. Atalanta have a really impressive away record too.
As I say, any game involving the Italian side is always an attractive one for goals. Their fluid attack and next to no focus on defending makes for great end to end football. 7 of their last 9 away matches have seen over 2.5 goals and they averaged over 4 goals per game last season.
United played out an absolute thriller with Leicester at the weekend, losing 4-2 despite equalising in the 82nd minute. This showed what United are all about, adept in attack and can create chances but woefully lost at times in defence. They’ll get chances against this Atalanta side and they’ve got Ronaldo and co around to take them, I for sure can’t see them keeping Atalanta quiet.
Love the look of over 2.5 goals for an accumulator at 1.5, if you fancy a long shot what about Atalanta to win and BTTS? That’s priced at 7.0, could be a good fun bet for a small stake, especially if you combine it with a similar bet in another game, Bayern perhaps?
Maehle in the line up
With injuries to Robin Gosens and Hans Hateboer, Danish fullback Joakim Maehle will come in on the left hand side, this is where he played for Denmark at Euro 2020.
He’s right footed so found himself cutting inside a lot, he ended up being right up there in the shots on target charts for the tournament and also bagged himself a couple of goals.
I loved including him for a shot/SOT, he’ll be deployed similarly in this game as a real attacking outlet and will make late runs in to the box when the ball is on the opposing side, playing more like a winger than a full back. 2.63 for him to hit the target this evening, looks a bit of a price to me.
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