Valencia host Atalanta in the 2nd leg match of the UEFA Champions League match with their eyes set on a quarter-final spot.
Atalanta are going into today’s match with a big 1-4 aggregate advantage after defeating Valencia 4-1 in the first leg.
Valencia are coming from a bad run having only won one of their previous 3 games since they last faced Atalanta.
The side is also riddled with injuries which will not help their plight tonight. Valencia manager Albert Celades will have to do without Eliaquim Mangala, Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay and start striker Maxi Gomez.
The expectations are high that h will probably field a 4-4-2 formation that looks like this:
Cillessen; Wass, Guillamon, Diakhaby, Gaya; Torres, Parejo, Kondogbia, Soler; Gameiro, Rodrigo
The Spanis side have not won any of their 9 previous Champions League knockout games, drawing 5 and losing 4.
Atalanta are the favourites in this match-up and have made quite an impact in their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League. They are coming from winning 4 games on the trot across all competitions.
They recently thrashed Lecce 7-2 on March one which definitely would have boosted their confidence going into today’s match.
Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini is mot likely to go with his usual 3-4-1-2 formation with the following players predicted in the line-up:
Gollini; Djimsiti, Caldara, Palomino; Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez; Ilicic, Zapata
With Maxi Gomez out of today’s match, the pressure will fall on 29-year-old Rodrigo to help Valencia pull off a comeback, although Rodrigo has not had the best run this season having only scored 5 goals in 27 appearances for the club.