Wednesday night action sees Serie A revelation Atalanta take on one of Europe’s finest PSG at Estádio da Luz. With both teams being an extreme offensive threat on the European arena, we preview this clash that could offer a humongous exchange of fire.
Who is playing?
Atalanta Bergamo vs Paris Saint-Germain
What competition are Atalanta and PSG playing in?
UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
What time is kick off between Atalanta and PSG?
20:00 GMT on Wednesday 12th August 2020
Which stadium is hosting Atalanta vs PSG?
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
What channel is Atalanta vs PSG on?
BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Extra
Atalanta vs PSG Summary
Round of 16 has ended after four games being held on 8th and 9th August. Now we proceed to the next stage of Champions League – quarter-finals – starting off with Atalanta vs PSG on 12th August. Both teams will give need to bring their best game considering this is a straight knockout match to reach the semi finals final.
Atalanta score four goals in both legs against Valencia, and the free-scoring Italians won the tie 8-4 against the Spanish outfit to progress from the knockout round. The last team to make the Champions League quarter finals in their debut campaign was Leicester City. For PSG, they narrowly secured a path to the quarter finals when they overcame Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate.
The winner of this clash will face either RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid in semi-finals.
Atalanta Team News and Form
Another stunning season for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side with them finishing 3rd for the second consecutive season. It’s fair to say the Nerazzurri made a name for themselves in Serie A and this season is the very best validation of this thesis. They have scored 98 goals in 38 league games, which is a stunning statistic. Only Pep Guardiola’s Man City or Hans-Dieter Flick’s Bayern are among the top five leagues to break this record by registering as following 102 and 100 goals this season.
Atalanta has been unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions until they have faced Inter Milan in the last Serie A fixture this season where they lost 2-0. They have also registered approximately 2.2 GPG and four clean sheets in the last 13 matches since the league resumption.
In the past, they have reached Round of 32 in Europa League in 2017/18 season but have proceeded no further by losing 4-3 in a two-legged tie against Borussia Dortmund. One year later they have qualified yet again to Europa League but got quickly eliminated by Copenhagen before reaching the group stage.
Unfortunately, Atalanta will miss Jose Luis Palomino and their key man in front Josip Ilicic following his mental breakdown. The Slovenian has allegedly returned to his country where he is trying to put his pieces together. Some reports say it is his wife’s affair that redounded to this situation the striker is currently coping with.
PSG Team News and Form
A loss for the team of that calibre would be yet again another nail into the coffin of their big Champions League aspirations. The last and only time the famous Les Parisiens have reached competition’s semi-finals was in 1994/95 when they lost 3-0 in a two-legged confrontation against AC Milan. Since then quarter-finals were the stage of the game where the line was drawn. It also seems like Fortune hasn’t been favouring wealthy Parisians as for years now we have known them as victims of the comebacks, especially in the second leg of the stage…
We all remember 2018/19 Champions League edition when PSG was facing Man Utd in the Round of 16. The first match between both teams finished 2-0, promisingly for The Parisians. However, it was in the second leg where the things got very unfortunate for them. They have lost 3-1 making an aggregate score in favour of Manchester United which buried their dreams for UCL quarter-finals.
Let’s go two years back now. It was 2016/17 season and PSG was facing Barcelona in the Round of 16. It’s fair to say nobody expected from The Parisians to not only score four goals but also to secure a clean sheet against one of the best teams in the world at the Parc des Princes. After that, flying to Camp Nou and securing a certain promotion felt just like a formality. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be more wrong and what we call until today’s day the famous ‘La Remontada’ has been witnessed by the whole wide world. The Parisians lost 6-1 what not only shocked the fans but eliminated them from further stages of Champions League.
Now, let’s focus on the present where PSG has ended 1st in their group with 16 points to their name and eliminated driven by fabulous Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland Borussia Dortmund later on in the Round of 16. The Parisians have also ended their Ligue 1 season on the first place with a huge 12 points gap between them and sitting in 2nd Marseille. Since the season return in July, they have won every match including prestigious Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals and kept clean sheets in all of them by also averaging striking 3.7 GPG.
It’s fair to say PSG’s European reputation is on the line before stepping into this one. The absence of Angel di Maria, Layvin Kurzawa, Thilo Kehrer and most probably Marco Verratti does not make things easier. The fan’s favourite Kylian Mbappe suffered an ankle injury and is still doubtful before stepping into this one. It would be an enormous loss for PSG, considering the Frenchman being the club’s most important contributor in UCL so far by registering 5 goals and 4 assists in seven matches.
The German coach Thomas Tuchel has also joined the club’s long list of injuries after serious foot fracture during Thursday training session with the team.
Atalanta Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Inter (H) 0-2 Serie A defeat
- Parma (H) 1-2 Serie A win
- Milan (H) 1-1 Serie A draw
- Bologna (H) 1-0 Serie A win
- Hellas Verona (H) 1-1 Serie A draw
PSG Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Sochaux (H) 1-0 Friendly win
- Lyon (N) 0-0 (6-5) Coupe de la Ligue win
- Saint Etienne (H) 1-0 Coupe de France win
- Celtic (H) 4-0 Friendly win
- Waasland Beveren (H) 7-0 Friendly win
Atalanta Top Goalscorers:
- Josip Ilicic (15 Serie A goals + 5 Champions League goals) – The Slovenian forward has scored five goals in a two-legged confrontation against Valencia in the Round of 16. Unfortunately, he won’t be playing against PSG on Wednesday night.
- Duvan Zapata (18 Serie A goals + 1 Champions League goal) – The Colombian forward has scored eight goals and recorded one assist since the season resumption in June. Considering Josip Ilicic’s absence, he will be the one responsible for providing goals for the Italian side.
PSG Top Goalscorers:
- Kylian Mbappe (18 Ligue 1 goals + 5 Champions League goals) – The French international forward scored 18 goals in the league this season, which got him Ligue 1 golden boot award. The Frenchman is still in question before stepping into this one due to his ankle injury.
- Mauro Icardi (12 Ligue 1 goals + 5 Champions League goals) – The Argentinian forward has scored five times in Champions League so far. Following Cavani’s departure and Mbappe’s injury, I expect him to play from the first minutes as the key man in front for PSG.
- It is Atalanta’s first-ever Champions League campaign. In the past, they have proceeded only once to the semi-finals of the European competition. This happened in 1987/88 season in UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup when they got eliminated by the Belgium side KV Mechelen.
- The last time PSG have reached Champions League semi-finals was in 1994/95 when they have faced AC Milan. It was, however, the famous Rossoneri who sealed a 3-0 win in a two-legged tie and proceeded to the ultimate stage.
- Both Thomas Tuchel and Gian Piero Gasperini have never achieved UCL semi-finals in their managerial careers.
This is the first time Atalanta and PSG are facing each other.
Okan’s Betting Tips
Both teams combined have scored a striking 36 goals so far in Champions League. Atalanta has gone without a goal only once whilst PSG hit the net in every UCL game so far. BTSS is 4/9* with Mark Jarvis.
PSG has been averaging an impressive 1.5 goals scored in the second half in this year’s Champions League. Approximately 67% of them came from away games. PSG to score in the second half is 1/2* with Mark Jarvis.
The Brazilian has scored eight goals in the last nine games in all competitions. He has also finished as the club’s second top scorer in Ligue 1 with 13 goals to his name. If the occasion to score a penalty arises, he will be the number one pick in executing it. The Brazilian is 21/20* to score anytime with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Sunday 9th August) and subject to change.
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