Real Madrid travel to Bergamo as Atalanta BC welcome them to the Gewiss Stadium for the Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday. The build-up to this nervy affair seems somewhat gloomy from a Real Madrid perspective because of all the injuries that have plagued the first team.
The Spanish champions have won their last four league games, yet they face an Atalanta side with plenty of confidence themselves and Gianpiero Gasperini’s men are free from the burden of any expectations.
Atalanta vs Real Madrid Latest Odds
Despite their inexperience at this level of European competition, the hosts find themselves favourites for Wednesday night’s clash – with bet365 offering them at .
The 13-time European champions are priced at with the draw offered at .
Atalanta will welcome Real Madrid at Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo in the Uefa Champions League knockout phase aiming at causing an upset against the 10-time champions.
However, the Spanish giants have set a target of winning another European title this season, and will not be willing to let their hosts get a positive outcome.
Atalanta vs Real Madrid Team News
Real travel to Italy missing three first-choice players with Dani Carvajal, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos all out, with Mariano Diaz likely to start only his second ever Champions League match as the Frenchman’s replacement.
The hosts, for their part, only have full-back Hans Hateboer likely to be out.
Wednesday’s meeting will be the first competitive match between the two teams. Atalanta’s only meeting with a Spanish outfit in a European competition was in the 2019/20 Round of 16 when they played Valencia and won 8-4 on aggregate.
Los Blancos have won each of their last five away Champions League games against the Italian opposition.
The 10-time champions reached the knockout stages of the competition for the 24th consecutive season, the longest such run in the history of the tournament.