Atalanta host Ajax at Gewiss Stadium in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Ajax scored an incredible 13 goals in their last Eredivisie match, can they keep it going in Bergamo?
Atalanta had a great start to Serie A this season. They won 4-2 at Torino, 4-1 at Lazio and 5-2 at home against Cagliari.
All was going well for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side until a 4-1 defeat at Napoli. The Bergamo club were 4-0 down at half time and fought back well in a match where Napoli were ahead 1.17-0.64 in expected goals.
Atalanta produced a 4-0 win in Midtjylland in their opening UEFA Champions League group stage match. Duván Zapata, Alejandro Gómez and Luis Muriel scored in the opening 45 minutes with Aleksey Miranchuk wrapping it up late.
Atalanta’s last match was a 3-1 home defeat to Sampdoria. A Duván Zapata penalty made it 2-1 in the 80th minute but they were unable to get a result, an unfair score after having 66% possession, 20-7 shots and 2.10-2.50 expected goals.
Atalanta Team News
Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is injured and Marco Carnesecchi tested positive for corona virus. Marco Sportiello will keep his spot in goal.
Centre-back Mattia Caldara is injured but Gian Piero Gasperini is well stocked in that department with Rafael Tolói, Berat Djimsiti, Cristian Romero and José Luis Palomino all options.
Expect wing-backs Robin Gosens and Hans Hateboer to return to the starting side. Duván Zapata and Luis Muriel could return up front.
Ajax started the Dutch Eredivisie season with three straight victories. The Amsterdam club suffered a 1-0 defeat at Groningen but bounced back with a 5-1 home win against Heerenveen.
Erik Ten Hag's side lost 1-0 at home to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League. Davy Klaasen hit the woodwork after Nicolás Tagliafico’s own goal in an even match.
Ajax recorded an incredible 13-0 win at VVV-Venlo on Saturday, having 76% possession and 45-3 shot. 19-year-old Burkina Faso striker Lassina Traoré scored five goals and registered three assists.
They played against 10 men for most of the second half. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (2), Dusan Tadic, Antony, Daley Blind, Klaas Jan Huntelaar (2) and Lisandro Martínez were all on target in a record victory.
Ajax Team News
Ajax are missing injured attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus.
Manager Erik Ten Hag will be hesitant to make any changes to his starting side after demolishing Venlo 13-0 on Saturday.
Atalanta vs Ajax Head to Head
This will be the first match between Atalanta and Ajax.
Atalanta vs Ajax Odds
Atalanta are 1.81 favourites at Unibet
with Ajax priced at 4.20 at bet365
. A draw can be backed at 4.30.
The total goals markets should be popular in this match with over 2.5 goals available at 1.36 at William Hill
. Over 3.5 goals is my best bet at 1.90.
Atalanta vs Ajax Match Up
Atalanta and Ajax are capable of scoring plenty of goals. Atalanta have scored 4+ goals in four of their last six matches, Ajax scoring 18 goals in their previous two Eredivisie matches.
Atalanta vs Ajax Stats
- Atalanta have seen over 3.5 goals in their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Atalanta have scored 4+ goals in 4 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Ajax have seen over 5.5 goals in their last 2 matches (Eredivisie).
- Ajax have scored 18 goals in their last 2 matches (Eredivisie).