The first Champions League quarter-final takes place on Wednesday night when Atalanta take on Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio de la Luz in Lisbon.
In a change to the competition for this season, the remaining knockout matches will all be one-off games and take place in the Portuguese capital which negates both away goals and aggregate scorelines.
Atalanta vs PSG Latest Odds
PSG won the Ligue 1 title for the seventh time in the last eight seasons after being awarded it following the early curtailment of the campaign, and bet365 make them 10/11 (1.91) favourites to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years.
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Atalanta have been making steady progress in recent seasons and finished third in Serie A this term, but are 13/5 (3.60) outsiders to make the final four in their maiden Champions League run.
The draw would see the tie go into extra time and potentially penalties, and that result is priced at 3/1 (4.0) with the online bookmaker.
Atalanta vs PSG Team News
Atalanta’s top scorer Josip Ilicic is likely to miss out due to personal reasons, which will leave the scoring duties to Duvan Zupata and Luis Muriel.
Kylian Mbappe could feature after recovering quickly from an ankle injury that was expected to rule him out for this match, but Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa are likely to miss out due to injury whilst Angel Di Maria is suspended.
Atalanta vs PSG Preview
The loss of Ilicic is a big blow to Atalanta but they will still back themselves to compete considering they scored an astonishing 98 goals in Serie A this term – the most by any team in a single Italian top-flight season since 1951-52.
It was a similar story for PSG who netted 75 times in just 27 Ligue 1 fixtures and were on their way to a third consecutive season of scoring over 100 goals in the league prior to the curtailment of it.
Those incredible scoring statistics also cross over to the Champions League, where only Bayern Munich have tallied more goals than PSG’s 20 strikes whilst Atalanta’s total of 16 places them fifth.
Atalanta vs PSG Tips and Predictions
This fixture has plenty of potential to be an exciting one for fans and neutrals alike and, despite the lack of Ilicic and potentially Mbappe, the 6/5 (2.20) quote on over 3.5 goals from bet365 looks excellent value for this Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
Over 3.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pt stake with bet365
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