There are several good matches scheduled for Wednesday in the Champions League. You can pick and choose your favourite, and I think Liverpool vs Atalanta is going to be atop the list for a lot of people. Two outstanding clubs, representing the Premier League and Serie A, will battle it out at Anfield in Liverpool. This would have a great one to have fans in attendance, but we are going to have to wait for next year.
The next Champions League and beginning of the elite football leagues in Europe should have fans in some capacity. There is nothing that compares to the atmosphere like at Anfield in Liverpool. Liverpool will have to do it without the home crowd, and it hasn’t seemed to bother them much. The defending Premier League champs didn’t miss a beat and finished with a record of 32-3-3 and 99 points.
That put them well clear of Manchester City by 18 points. That was too easy for Liverpool. The Champions League in 2020-21 will give them more of a test, especially the further we get into this campaign, but so far, it’s been smooth sailing for Liverpool. They go into Wednesday with a record of 3-0-0 to earn all possible points with 9. Conversely, Serie A’s Atalanta arrives in Liverpool with a record of 1-1-1 and 4 points.
Atalanta are in a tie with Ajax for the second seed in Group D. The top two teams go to the next round, so second is as good as first in this regard. Atalanta are coming off two draws, which came against Inter Milan, 1-1, and Spezia, 0-0. The usually sure handed Atalanta offence has been quiet recently. Perhaps after they reached their apex, Atalanta are seeing some regression. They went a while pouring it on offensively, and while I think they will get going again, every club can go through dry spells.
Liverpool are coming off a crisp 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday. They were clearly the better team and deserved all of those three points awarded. Liverpool won in all major metrics, including time of possession, shots on target, pass accuracy, and corners. They were in an elite showdown prior to that win against Manchester City. It would have been nice to get the win, but absolutely nothing wrong with drawing a point in a 1-1 final against Manchester City. Head below for our free Liverpool vs. Atalanta pick for November 25, 2020.
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Atalanta was last out on the pitch in the Champions League on November 3 against Liverpool. It wasn’t a close contest, as Liverpool blasted Atalanta by a score of 5-0 in Italy. There was no such thing as homefield advantage in that match. Liverpool got on the board at 16 minutes with a Diogo Jota strike. Jota was on fire, as he added two more goals to propel Atalanta to an easy win. Liverpool had a 5-0 lead at the 54 minute mark.
They geared down and cruised the rest of the way to frustrate an Atalanta squad that typically finds it easy to generate offence. All of the offence was for Liverpool. They hit their target 12 times in a blowout of Atalanta. Atalanta was completely outclassed in that match, and they haven’t really recovered since. They struggled against Inter Milan and Spezia right after.
I do expect Atalanta to bring a much better effort to the pitch on Wednesday. It can’t get too much worse from what we saw from them on the third matchday. Liverpool has netted 2.67 goals per game, and hasn’t conceded a goal yet in Champions League matches in 2020-21. Conversely, Atalanta has scored 2 goals per match, while conceding 2.33 goals a match.
It doesn’t help Atalanta that Liverpool is expected to have Mohamed Salah back in the fold on Wednesday following a negative Covid-19 test. Liverpool will be without several players, so his return is a big lift. Salah has a goal in four straight Premier League matches and two Champions League matches.
For Atalanta, Mattia Caldara is ruled out to participate on Wednesday because of a knee injury. Ruslan Malinovskyi will also miss this match for Atalanta. While this should be a closer match, I still have confidence in Liverpool completing this assignment on Wednesday in good form. A victory in favour of Liverpool by a score of 2-1 or 3-1 looks about accurate.