Atalanta BC will face BSC Young Boys at the Gewiss Stadium on Wednesday on matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League.
We look at a few stats to predict the match.
Atalanta had a quiet start to the tournament as they came back from behind to draw against Villarreal 2-2 in the first match of the UCL campaign this season. Atalanta have been a side neutrals love to watch over the past few seasons and their brilliant attacking display leaves opponents dumbfounded. They would surely want to bounce back and get a win to get going, the match at home against Young Boys will be the target for Gasperini’s men.
They have scored two goals till now with both Remo Freuler and Robin Gosens finding the back of the net. Atalanta loves to play through quick transition and mostly attacking football through beautiful linkups but they have been the team with the lowest number of successful progressive passes(44) after the first match which has definitely hindered their normal gameplay, defending certainly not being their comfort zone.
Young Boys surprisingly have a great start to their campaign. They sit on top of the table in the group and have already defeated big guns Manchester United in the opening matchday. This confidence will be their biggest weapon in this upcoming match. They have scored two goals so far as well, and have the second most progressive passes(71) in the tournament after Liverpool spending the majority of their time in the opposition half.
Young Boys have the most shots from positional attacks (14) after dominating an ample amount of possession in the last match while Atalanta has 8. Both the teams love to keep the ball and create chances and the match would be certainly interesting between these two.
While both the teams like to keep possession, Atalanta have the second-highest average challenge intensity of 7.70 and look to take the ball off their opponents as soon as they can. Young Boys are not far behind in this metric, both teams have the same style of play and how the teams rearrange themselves to cancel each other out.
Atalanta come into this match with a win over Sassuolo and a draw with Inter Milan, they have not looked as comfortable as they have been past three seasons and this might be the perfect time to bring the old Atalanta back.
Hans Hataboer and Luis Muriel will both miss the match due to injuries while all other players will be ready for Gasperini to select from.
Young Boys have all players available from the Manchester United win and have lesser concerns.
We predict a 2-1 victory for the boys from Bergamo.