Tip Atalanta - Real Madrid
Real Madrid are grappling with injury but have been able to scrape through so far and will be seeking a positive result in their Champions League clash away to Atalanta. The Italians finished second in Group D with 11 points while Real topped Group B with 10 points. Both sides have four-match unbeaten runs ahead of this meeting. Atalanta are coming straight from a crucial 4-2 win over Napoli, and have now scored 11 goals in the last four matches. If they can carry this form to this Champions League clash, they’d have a good advantage heading to Spain. However, some tweaking still needs to be done in defence with the team having conceded six goals in the four matches. They have seen over 2.5 goals scored in nine of their last 10 matches, with both sides scoring in eight of the 10. Atalanta have failed to score in just one of the last 11 matches. In the group stages, they did well, winning three of the six, keeping three clean sheets and head here unbeaten in three Champions League matches. It hasn’t been rosy at home though; Atalanta have no win in their last four Champions League matches at their backyard. They also have no clean sheet in the last five home matches in the competition; they’ve conceded 11 goals and scored eight.
Real Madrid on the other hand, are coming from a hard fought 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, their fourth straight victory and third straight clean sheet. For an injury-ravaged team, Real have done well lately, and they’re also in the race for the La Liga title. The side will travel without up to nine key players, including skipper Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal. Karim Benzema is also a doubt for this game. Despite the long injury list, Real have managed to stay among the top contenders for titles in the season and this game is another opportunity. They’ve scored in each of their last eight matches and have three straight away wins ahead of this game. In the last five Champions League matches, they’ve lost once, and scored at least two goals in all but one game at the group stage. In the last 13 matches in this competition, Real have failed to score in just one but have only one win in the last four away from home. Their only clean sheet in five Champions League games came against Italian side Internazionale, and they’ve conceded two goals in three of the last four away matches.
Key points Atalanta - Real Madrid
Both sides have scored in eight of Atalanta’s last 10 matches.
Real Madrid have one clean sheet in five away Champions League matches.
Nine of Atalanta’s last 10 matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Real Madrid have scored in 12 of the last 13 Champions League matches.
Atalanta have no win their last four Champions League matches at home.
Conclusion Atalanta - Real Madrid
Real Madrid are forced to cope with a long injury list but remain a formidable force. They take on Atalanta, who are a good attacking side, but keep very few clean sheets. Atalanta have not done well at home in this competition, and it has to do with the number of goals they concede. Real have a good scoring history in this competition and we are backing them to extend the same here. Over 2.5 goals thus seems good on this.
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Atalanta Real Madrid Prediction published on February 22, 2021