VAL vs ATN Dream11: With a mountain to climb following a no-show in the first leg, Valencia will hope for a miracle when they host Italian outfit Atalanta in the second leg of their round-of-16 UEFA Champions League match at Mestalla Stadium on Tuesday night (IST). If the task to overturn the deficit was hard in the first place, it has become harder for the Los Che as the match will be played in an empty stadium after Spain's health ministry ordered against “large gatherings of fans” in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. Valencia head coach Albert Celades was optimistic about his team's chances and added that his team deserved more from the first leg.
“We'll prepare for the game as well as we can. We're strong at home and the result from the first leg isn't a fair reflection of what happened in the game. “I don't think we need a miracle to progress – not at all.”
Host: Valencia Visitors: Atalanta Competition: UEFA Champions League Match Venue: Mestalla Stadium Capacity: 55,000 Match Timing: March 11, @01:30 AM
VAL vs ATN Dream11 Football Team Prediction – Odds checker:
Valencia to win: 2.75 (7/4), Probability to happen: 36.36% Atalanta to win: 2.37 (137/100), Probability to happen: 42.19% Draw: 3.80 (14/5), Probability to happen: 26.32%
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Valencia vs Atalanta Team News:
Valencia Team News:
Centre-back Gabriel Paulista is suspended for the side due to the accumulation of yellow cards. Mouctar Diakhaby and Hugo Guillamón are expected to partner at the back as a result. However, Francis Coquelin could also be used as a make-shift centre-back.
In addition, the hosts will also be without striker Maxi Gomez (broken foot), Exequiel Garay (knee injury), Cristiano Piccini (ankle injury and defender Ezequiel Garay (knee).
Jose Gaya and Daniel Wass will start on the left and right side of the backline for the hosts while Geoffrey Kondogbia is expected to provide cover to the backline and should start in the heart of the midfield.
Captain Daniel Parejo should have a free role while Rodrigo and Kevin Gameiro will be leading the attack for the Spanish outfit.
Valencia key players:
Rodrigo Moreno: With leading scorer Maxi Gomez out, Moreno will be tasked with leading the attack for the home side. He has 10 goals for the team in all competitions this season.
Kevin Gameiro: His goals-per-game ratio may not be as good as it should be for a player playing in his position, but his overall impact is good.
Daniel Parejo: Valencia's most in-form player and a prime candidate for player of the season for Valencia. He has 10 goals and five assists this season.
Valencia squad to face Atalanta:
Goalkeeper: Domenech, Cillessen Defenders: Diakhaby, Gaya, Wass, Florenzi, Hugo Midfielders: Kondogbia, Guedes, Soler, Parejo, Cheryshev, Ferran, Kang In, Coquelin Strikers: Gameiro, Rodrigo, Sobrino
Atalanta team news:
Atalanta will arrive in this game in better health as no player is listed as out by the team ahead of this game, but two players will be a game-time call.
Brazil defender Rafael Toloi (muscular problem) and Albanian centre-back Berat Djimsiti (knee injury) will be monitored before the match.
Atalanta key players:
Josip Iličić: His most productive season for Atalanta and we are only a shade over halfway stage. He has scored 14 times this season.
Alejandro Gomez: But the player who makes this team tick is Alejandro Gomez. He has racked up 11 assists for the team this season and is always a threat in front of the goal as well.
Robin Gosens: He is a proper wing-man now. His crosses into the penalty box and the passing are a quality. He has 7 goals and 5 assists this season.
Duvan Zapata: His form is getting to the lofty heights he touched last season, for he has three assists the two goals in the last five games.