Atalanta vs Midtjylland Prediction, 12/1/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atalanta vs Midtjylland
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Bergamo, Italy
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Atalanta (-435) Midtjylland (+760)
Sory Kaba and Midtjylland (0-0-4 in Champions League) go to Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on Tuesday where they'll take on Atalanta (2-1-1 in Champions League). The goalies protecting the net will be Marco Sportiello for Atalanta and Jesper Hansen for Midtjylland. The odds on this matchup have Atalanta coming in at -435 and Midtjylland are at +760. The O/U has been set at 3.5.
Atalanta played Hellas Verona in their most recent match and took a loss by a final of 2 - 0. Atalanta tried 16 dribbles in this outing and converted 12 of the attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. When discussing the passing game, they had a 80.8% passes received rate by connecting on 498 of the 616 pass targets last match. Concerning shot accuracy, Atalanta wrapped this game up at a 26.3% rate by hitting 5 shots on target of 19 total shots. Atalanta has an average of 2.00 goals per 90 (18 goals in total) and are sitting with 15 assists in all contests this year.
Josip Ilicic is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Atalanta. He has accounted for 44 assists while accumulating 34 yellow cards thus far in his career. Ilicic has had a starting assignment in 230 outings during his pro soccer career and he scores 0.40 G/90. The forward who is from Slovenia has 87 goals in 19,697 minutes played. Someone else who should impact this game is Alejandro Gomez, the forward representing for Argentina. Gomez has played 26,534 mins in 313 starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 33 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 74 times during his soccer career while he has scored 69 goals. He is currently averaging 0.23 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Atalanta is Marco Sportiello. Sportiello has been on the pitch for a total of 15,272 minutes and has 499 stops during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.42 (241 goals surrendered) and his save % is .684. The goalie taking the field for Atalanta has had 735 shots attempted against him in 170 career starts. Sportiello (52-43-74 mark during his soccer career) has 46 clean sheets, which has earned him a 27.1% shutout percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Midtjylland walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3 - 1 against Ajax. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 263 out of their 345 attempted passes for a rate of 76.2%. Midtjylland finished with a 60.0% successful dribble rate by converting 6 out of the 10 dribbles they attempted. Midtjylland landed 4 shots on goal out of their 16 shots attempted giving them a 25.0% clip when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 17 goals and 11 assists in all their matches, Midtjylland averages 1.70 goals and 1.10 assists per 90 minutes.
Sory Kaba will be someone to watch for Midtjylland. He currently averages 0.38 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 48 contests in his career. The forward born in Guinea has played 4,487 minutes while earning 19 goals. He has accumulated 11 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. You should also keep an eye on Pione Sisto, the forward who is from Midtjylland. He has accounted for 37 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 21 different times. Sisto has been given a total of 12 yellow card cautions in 11,613 professional minutes played (129 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.29.
Jesper Hansen is expected to look after the net for Midtjylland. So far in his career, Hansen has allowed 343 goals and has 952 stops in 341 starting assignments. He has given up 1.01 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 176-64-100. He has earned a save percentage of .739 and his clean sheet rate is 35.5%. Hansen has earned 121 clean sheets while defending 1,290 shots attempted against him in 30,519 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Midtjylland (+760)
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