Can Valencia do the impossible at the Estadio Mestalla on Tuesday?
Can Valencia do the impossible at the Estadio Mestalla on Tuesday? The Spanish club hosts Atalanta in a second 1/8-finals leg from the Champions League. After a 4-1 win in the first game Atalanta are now in a pole position to achieve qualification for the 1/4-finals. Here are our Champions League predictions for this game.
The first leg at the San Siro ended in a shocking way for Valencia. After just 62 minutes of playing Los Che were already four goals behind, while Denis Cheryshev’s goal in the 66th minute saved them a small chance to overturn the tie in their favour. Valencia are now aware that a 3-0 win at the Mestalla would allow them to progress, but it’s easier to be said than to be done.
Albert Celades’ team is clearly not in a peak form right now as Valencia have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions. On Friday they made another wrong step in La Liga when they made a 1-1 draw during the visit to Deportivo Alaves. Dani Parejo’s goal at the Mendizorroza was not enough to claim the win.
Celades has some squad problems before this Champions League game. Maxi Gomez, Ezequiel Garay, Manu Vallejo and Eliaquim Mangala are all recovering from injuries.
Atalanta are on the brink of achieving a first qualification for the 1/4-finals of the Champions League in their history. The manager Gian Piero Gasperini was building this team for years and now he can see the fruits of his hard work. Contrary to Valencia’s bad shape, Atalanta are in a run of five consecutive wins in all competitions at this moment.
In our Champions League predictions we can conclude that because of Valencia’s bad shape and the result from the first leg, Atalanta are the red hot favourites to reach the Champions League 1/4-finals. The club from Bergamo is traveling to Spain with huge confidence and they have reasons for this.