Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore (Reggio Emilia).
The tie between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund is no doubts one of the most interesting of them all at this stage of the competition. Both teams clearly want a deep run in Europa League and they’ve best proven it seven days ago in a fantastic five-goal thriller which has seen BVB coming out on top thanks to a stoppage.-time winner from Chelsea’s loanee Michy Batshuayi.
The new striker of Borussia’s seems to be enjoying his time in Dortmund as he has bagged at least a goal in each of his appearances for the team led by Peter Stoger, all up until weekend’s away win in Monchengladbach when Marco Reus’ goal made the difference between two Borussias.
The Germans have the one-goal cushion ahead of the rematch, but they are jiust not the kind of team which will park the bus and wait for chances from counter attacks. We can definitely expect another open contest packed with goals and chances at both ends which makes the BTTS pick one of the bankers on the night in Europa League.
Josip Ilicic is the man Stoger has clearly remembered as the Slovenian striker has bagged a brace at Signal-Iduna-Park and he will be the main threat to Borussia’s goal in the rematch. However, Giampiero Gasperini is well aware of dangers which might pop up at the other end, particularly if we know that La Dea’s defensive line has been anything but meticulous of late conceding five times in last three games across competitions.
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-head
This will only be the second time these two sides are about to lock horns in a competitive match.
Before the altered mentioned 3-2 win for Dortmund seven days ago, it was Atalanta who’ve come on top when the two teams met in the pre-season friendly back in August last year (0-1).
Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
Both teams have string firepower on display and backing goals at both ends just has to be the way to go here.
Expecting a high-scoring affair, we will also be brave enough and go with Michy Batshuayi to keep the spell of excellent form going and score anytime for the visitors at the odds of 2.00.