Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund in the 1/16 finals of the UEFA Europa League.
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund Match Preview
Atalanta were the better team in the first leg of this round-of-32 contest and were beaten to the post only by Michy Batshuayi’s brilliance. Still, it is the Italian side that holds the aces after two away goals in a 3-2 loss at Dortmund. This second leg round-of-32 Europa League Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund fixture will be played on Thursday, February 22, so check out our Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund prediction and betting tips.
Atalanta were brilliant in the first leg in Germany last week, where they scored two important away goals. Had it not been for a Batshuayi goal late on in the game, they would have even picked up an impressive draw. However, they can still take a lot from their performance in Dortmund ahead of this second leg Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund fixture. Their push towards the last 16 should be well and truly on. They followed that up with a 1-1 draw at home in Serie A against Fiorentina. That draw actually brings solace to the hosts who have lost thrice in their last five home games (W1, D1). However, those three were their only losses at home in 17 games (W10, D4). Can they summon that good form?
Dortmund will have mixed feelings from the first leg. Any Europa League tie where they gift goals in a home fixture makes it tougher to make a comeback in the away tie. For their part, Dortmund did build up on that first leg win by defeating Borussia Monchengladbach (1-0) last weekend. That meant the visitors have won four straight games in all competitions and are unbeaten in seven games (W4, D3). The visitors of this Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund second leg fixture are pinning their hopes on Chelsea loanee Batshuayi who has been in exceptional form, ever since joining Dortmund in the winter. Over the last two and a half seasons in Europe, he has scored eight goals in eight starts. Can he lift his side to an improbable win and progress further?
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund H2H
These two sides have met twice, but this will be their first encounter at home for the Italians.
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund Team News
Atalanta have a full squad to pick from, for this encounter.
Julian Weigl is suspended for this match after picking up a booking in the first leg. There are as many as seven players who are out with injuries – a mix of the usual long-term absentees and the latest ones.
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund Probable Line-ups
Atalanta: Berisha (GK), Toloi, Caldara, Masiello, Hateboer, Roon, Freuler, Spinazzola, Cristante, Ilicic, Gomez.
Borussia Dortmund: Burki (GK), Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Toljan, Castro, Dahoud, Pulisic, Reus, Schurrle, Batshuayi.
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
There is so much class up front for both these sides and there should be goals at both ends in this fixture. It wouldn’t be a surprise if you are backing Batshuayi to find the back of the net. There is a bit of temptation to go for “Atalanta double chance”, no matter what the sceptics say, because it is difficult to play catch-up away from home in Europa League. We are backing both teams to score and that’s our betting tip for this game.