In one of two UEFA Champions League matches on Wednesday, Feb. 24, strong Serie A team Atalanta takes on traditional UCL power Real Madrid in the first of a two leg aggregate. Atalanta is the home squad, which gives them an edge. On paper, though, Real is the team to beat. Will slight favorite Real Madrid show Atalanta what a real Champions League team looks like? Or will the home squad get it done? Check out analysis, Champions League odds, and a free pick for Atalanta versus Real Madrid.
Champions League: Atalanta Vs Real Madrid Preview, Odds, and Free Pick
Atalanta Vs Real Madrid Match Info
- When: Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: GEWISS Stadium, Bergamo, Italy
Why bet on Atalanta against Real Madrid?
Atalanta was in terrible form. On Jan. 31, Lazio beat them 3-1. Then drew in two in a row, 0-0 versus Napoli on Feb. 3 and 3-3 against Torino on Feb. 6.
Since then, though, the home team has played great. Atalanta beat Napoli 3-1 on Feb. 10. In their match on Feb. 14, they beat Cagliari 1-0. The underdog in this faces rival Napoli again on Feb. 21. If no key players got injured in that match, they can upset Real Madrid as an underdog on their pitch.
Atalanta Last 5
- W – 1-0 vs. Cagliari
- W – 3-1 vs. Napoli
- D – 3-3 vs. Torino
- D – 0-0 vs. Napoli
- L – 3-1 vs. Lazio
Atalanta predicted starting lineup
- de Roon
Why bet on Real Madrid against Atalanta?
Real Madrid’s form implies they put a beating onto Atalanta. Not counting their Feb. 20 game against Valladolid, Real has won 4-of-5.
They beat Huesca 2-1 on Feb. 6, Getafe 2-0 on Feb. 9, and Valencia 2-0 on Feb. 14. Real has played so well they’ve climbed to within 6 points of Atletico Madrid on the LaLiga Standings. If Real can transfer their Liga form to Wednesday’s match, they should beat Atalanta.
Real Madrid Last 5
- W – 2-0 vs. Valencia
- W – 2-0 vs. Getafe
- W – 2-1 vs. Huesca
- L – 2-1 vs. Levante
- W – 4-1 vs. Alaves
Real Madrid predicted starting lineup
- Junior Asensio
Atalanta Vs Real Madrid Final Betting Analysis
Real Madrid looks tough in this. The favored squad has played like one of the better teams among the final sixteen. RM could very well dominate Atalanta.
No doubt, the road squad is in better form than the home team. But Atalanta may have turned their form around with the back-to-back victories against Napoli and Cagliari. If Atalanta beat Napoli on Feb. 21, give them a long look for sure.
Even if Atalanta lost that match, still give them a decent chance. It’s tough to win two rivalry games in a row and although this is a UCL match, Atalanta should be more relaxed than they were in the Sunday game. The odds are right on the home squad.
Soccer Free Pick: Atalanta