Atalanta vs Manchester City
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 6th November 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 UK Time
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
Man City are looking to secure their passage into the next round of UEFA Champions League this midweek as they face Atalanta once again. Playing away from home this time, Pep Guardiola’s side will still target all three points as a win should secure their ticket into knock out stage.
Atalanta vs Manchester City Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare for this midweek Champions League clash. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be gearing up to help them get all three points.
Expected Formation: 3-4-1-2
Probable Lineups: Gollini(g);Toloi, Palomino, Djimisti(def);Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Goosens(mid); Gomez(att mid); Ilicic, Muriel(att)
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Ederson(g);Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy(def);De Bruyne Fernandinho, Gundogan(mid);B. Silva, Aguero, Sterling(att)
Before heading into this Wednesday Champions League clash, both teams have been involved in other matches. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have more information about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WLDWW
Atalanta’s form have been showing slight dip recently winning only once, drawing two and losing two of their last five matches. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side latest league fixture also ended in a defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by Cagliari.
That result certainly is not the best preparation for Gli Orobici ahead of their midweek clash against Man City. However, Atalanta will still try their best in picking up positive result at home.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) WWWWW
Meanwhile, City have regained their excellent form again as they won all of their most recent five games in all competition. Guardiola’s men did struggle to win their last match against Southampton, but they still get all three points.
That hard fought 2-1 victory should give a warning for City players that there are no easy games, including in Champions League. Man City must keep on putting their best display to get maximum result against Atalanta.
Gasperini has a relatively healthy squad for this midweek European battle with only one major absentee. Oribici will still be without their main center forward, Duvan Zapata, who is yet to recover from his injury.
Zapata’s absence means Luis Muriel will be starting again along side Josip Ilicic with Alejandro Gomez behind them. Gollini in Atalanta’s goal must put on a solid display if they were to stop City this Wednesday.
Man City have more issues with injury problems with several important names won’t be available. Guardiola is still missing Laporte, Sane, Zinchenko, Rodri and David Silva to injury, while Phil Foden will be out because of suspension.
Those absentee set to leave City short of option, which could put Fernandinho back into his original midfield role. That situation also means John Stones will be partnered by Otamendi in the center of Man City’s defense.
Head to Head Records:
Their previous meeting in competitive European competition was that earlier match up at Etihad stadium which resulted in City’s commanding 5-1 victory.
Playing away from home won’t stop City from putting on their normal attacking football style straight from kick off. Atalanta themselves are also expected to play their regular direct attacking football style as they can’t really play a more defensive style.
The visitor will try to maintain their focus if they are keen in getting all three points this midweek. City should be the favorite to take all three points, but Atalanta can give some problems for Guardiola’s men.
Final Score: 1-3