The collision of Atalanta's high-pressing attacking system and PSG's fluid 4-3-3 should guarantee a mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday night.
Here's our Champions League quarterfinal betting preview with key betting insights, team news and match info as PSG aims to make the semifinals for the first time in 25 years.
Atalanta's debut season in the Champions League has been a breath of fresh air at the top table of European football. In Serie A, they scored 98 goals and finished third for the second season running, the highest placing achieved in the club's history with 16 of those goals supplied by their skipper and playmaker Papu Gomez.
This should be an outstandingly entertaining contest. Atalanta is known to press high in the opposition half and man-mark in their own half and these tactics will lead to mistakes by both sides and consequently chances. Even with Kylian Mbappé doubtful to start, this will be a classic between two sides committed to playing attacking, swashbuckling football.
🧩 Atalanta vs PSG key details
- 🗓 12 August 2020
- 🏟 Estádio da Luz
- ⌚️ 22:00 kickoff (EAT)
🧮 Likely starting XIs
🇮🇹 Atalanta (3-4-2-1):
Sportiello; Tolói, Caldara, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gómez, Pašalić; Zapata
🇫🇷 PSG (4-3-3):
Navas; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Gueye, Marquinhos, Herrera; Neymar, Icardi, Sarabia
🔑 Key betting facts
- Atalanta comes into this match after four straight UEFA Champions League victories, three of which yielded a multi-goal margin.
- Atalanta had led at halftime in three of their last four UCL matches.
- PSG has won six of their last eight outings, with four (66.67%) of those yielding a multi-goal margin.
- Eight of the last 13 goals scored in PSG’s UCL games have arrived beyond the hour mark.
- Three of PSG’s last four UCL games have seen the 60-90' period alone produce over 1.5 total goals.
- Neymar opened the scoring in his side’s last UCL fixture (W 2-0), for a fourth decisive first-half goal from his last seven UCL strikes.
- Neymar has scored 12 goals in his last 16 UCL knockout games.
- Four of PSG’s last five UCL games drawn/lost have produced exactly three goals between 1’-30’ or 61’-FT.
- Atalanta trio Josip Iličić, José Palomino & goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini all miss out with injuries.
- The absence of Slovenian attacker Iličić will be a blow for Atalanta after he scored four times against Valencia in the round of 16 second leg.
- PSG midfielders Marco Verratti (knee injury) and Ángel Di María (suspension) will be absent.
- Superstar striker Kylian Mbappé is unlikely to recover from an ankle injury in time to start the quarterfinal but he's in line to make a cameo from the bench if need be.