Atalanta have won each of their two previous Europa League contests at home this season. Luis Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskyi have shone for them in Europa League play this season. The two players are the team’s joint top scorers with three goals. Muriel has scored the crucial first goal of the match once. In their last six matches in all competitions, Atalanta have won two, drawn two and lost two. They scored five and conceded six in that period, scoring first in three of the six contests. They had one first-half goal, while their opponents netted three times in the first 45 minutes.
As for RB Leipzig they were victorious in their only prior contest on their travels in the competition this season. The German side are on a six-match away winning streak in all competitions. Emil Forsberg has been the leading attacking threat for Leipzig, netting twice in the current Europa League campaign. Leipzig have won three and drawn three in their last six. They scored 15 and conceded four in that period, netting first in two of the six. Most of their goals (nine) came in the first half, while their opponents netted three times before the break.
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Atalanta vs RB Leipzig: Match Stats
Atalanta have never lost a home match in the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 11 previous matches, with three of those coming against German opponents: a 1-0 win against FC Köln in 1990, a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund in 2018 and 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen last month. They’ve progressed from six of their last seven major European knockout ties when avoiding defeat in the first leg; the other tie was in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup quarter-final against Inter (0-0 first leg, 0-2 second leg). Atalanta haven’t reached the last four of a major European competition since 1987/88 in the Cup Winners’ Cup, when they were a Serie B side.
Luis Muriel has been directly involved in eight goals in seven starts in the Europa League across spells with Sevilla and Atalanta (five goals and three assists). Among players to play at least 500 minutes in the competition, only Claudio Pizarro (one every 58 minutes) has provided a goal or assist more frequently than Muriel (one every 63 mins).
RB Leipzig’s four away matches in Europe this season have seen 23 goals scored (13 for and 10 against), winning the last two (5-0 against Club Brugge in the Champions League, 3-1 against Real Sociedad in the Europa League). They’ve never won three consecutive away matches in major European competition. Leipzig are subsequently looking to reach the last four of a major European competition for only the second time, also doing so in the 2019/20 Champions League when they lost to PSG. Leipzig have progressed from three of their previous four Europa League ties, although their sole failure to qualify was at this stage in 2017/18 against Marseille, losing 5-3 on aggregate.
Atalanta and Leipzig played out a 1-1 draw in last week’s opening leg at Red Bull Arena. Their first ever meeting. Luis Muriel scored for the Italian side in the 17th minute. RB Leipzig’s only goal came courtesy Davide Zappacosta putting the ball in his own net.