Champions League Betting: PSG v Atalanta Odds & Pick

Posted by Aaron . on August 12, 2020 in

The 2020 Champions League was postponed in March before resuming last week with the final games of the Round of 16. Now the eight teams remaining will gather in Lisbon, Portugal for a one-game style quarterfinals, semifinals and final round over the next two weeks. Paris Saint-Germain and Atalanta get their quarterfinal game underway on Wednesday and one team will reach their first ever Champions League semifinal. Let’s  take a closer look at this PSG v Atalanta matchup so you can bet against their Champions League odds.

Paris Saint-Germain v. Atalanta BC Champions League Betting Preview 

Atalanta and PSG have never met in a competitive European game. The Italian side had never played in a Champions League before last fall and their best season in Europe came in the now defunct Winners Cup as they made the semifinals in 1988. PSG are routinely in the Champions League and progress from the group but have never been to a semifinal after a couple heartbreaking losses at this stage in recent memory. 

Paris Saint-Germain Outlook: Be Ready

PSG may have their hands full here as they face an all-out attacking style of play that no team in France replicates. When healthy PSG can match the goals with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Maurco Icardi and Angel di Maria. However, Mbappe is a question mark after suffering a leg injury in July’s Coup de France final and if he can’t go the pressure falls to Neymar and Icardi.

PSG won yet another treble this year as they won the Ligue 1 which was cancelled in April. They took the Coupe de France and Coup de la Ligue titles over the last two weeks in their only competitive games since March.

The defense will need to be on its game for PSG to advance. Keylor Navas has three shutouts in his last four starts but the likes of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Juan Bernat will be challenged early and often by Atalanta. 

Atalanta BC Outlook: Play Their Game

Only two teams in the top five European leagues scored more than the 98 goals Atalanta bagged in Serie A play this season. The newcomers to the European stage finished third in the table and played 18 straight without a loss before falling to Internazionale 2-0 on August 1.  Atalanta reached the quarters with 4-1 and 4-3 wins over Valencia in the Round of 16.  

Josip Ilicic leads I Neraazzurri with 21 goals this season while both Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata have scored 19 times. The midfielder is led by Papu Gomez and his team-best 18 assists. Pierluigi Gollini has been in goal for 41 of Atalanta’s games this season while logging 22 wins and recording 10 clean sheets.

Paris Saint-Germain v. Atalanta Betting Lines

PSG only allowed 24 goals while dominating Ligue 1 play this season but no team brought the constant attack to them like Atalanta will.  The big question will be is PSG ready for a big-tome game or are they rusty with only two games since March.  

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