Atalanta’s maiden campaign in the Champions League continues in midweek as the Italian club play host to Valencia in the last-16 first leg.
Despite Gian Piero Gasperini’s side not winning any of their opening four group matches (three losses, one draw), Atalanta sealed progression to the knockout phases in dramatic fashion on the final matchweek against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Valencia also had a close call in Group H despite topping the group. Only the single point separated first from third with Los Che sealing their passage on the final matchweek in a winner-takes-all encounter with Ajax.
Read on for Atalanta vs Valencia live stream options, TV match coverage information, predictions and team news.
When is Atalanta vs Valencia and where can I watch live?
Competition: Champions League
Venue: San Siro
Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 3
Ones to watch
Atalanta: Alejandro Gomez
Alejandro Gomez was quite breathtaking last season as his 18 direct contributions (seven goals, 11 assists) helped La Dea achieve Champions League football for the first time since the club’s inception 112 years ago.
This would not prove a flash in the pan season for the skipper who has consistently shone in the blue and black-stained hue of Atalanta colours, and he has carried that form over to this campaign, popping up with 16 Serie A contributions (six goals, 10 assists).
Valencia will have to be on their best form defensively if they are to stand any chance of keeping the Argentine marvel at bay.
Key stat: Gomez has registered more assists in Serie A this season than any other Atalanta player (10).
The Brazil-born Spain international has been a real force in the final third for Valencia since relocating to the Mestalla from Benfica six years ago, with his 14 direct La Liga contributions last season (eight goals, six assists) being a key reason why the club secured the final Champions League qualification place.
Likewise his goals have proven imperative this season, particularly in this competition, with the 28-year-old netting the winner against Chelsea on matchweek one, and later sealing the all-important decider against Ajax in that dramatic final game to seal the club’s progress to this point.
Such has been the form of Rodrigo that Barcelona were heavily courting the lethal forward during the January transfer window as they went in search of reinforcements to alleviate the void of Luis Suarez, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury and could miss the rest of the season, but the Catalonian’s interest was reportedly rebuffed by Valencia who refused to budge on their asking price.
Key stat: Rodrigo has registered more assists than any other Valencia player in La Liga this season (seven).
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Confirmed Atalanta line-up
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Confirmed Valencia line-up
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Neither side has been particularly convincing in this blue-ribbon tournament but Atalanta have been impressive at the San Siro, scoring the second-most home goals in Serie A this season (33), ahead of the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan, so don’t expect a snooze fest on Wednesday.
Valencia meanwhile have proven susceptible at the back this term, but their experience in this competition should stand them in good stead against a side still finding their feet amongst Europe’s elite. With little to separate the sides, expect a fence-sitting – but exciting – score draw.