FK Sarajevo v Atalanta Bergamo Betting Tips and Predictions
A Must Win Game For Atalanta?
Get ready for FK Sarajevo v Atalanta Bergamo round 2. On Thursday, FK Sarajevo is hosting Atalanta BC in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. The first leg was played in Reggio Emilia (because Atalanta’s stadium in Bergamo doesn’t have UEFA licences needed); the final score was, very surprisingly, 2-2. Atalanta BC now need a win to make it to the third qualifying round… and it looks as though they will make it easily.
My Predictions For This Game:
Atalanta BC dominated the whole game in first leg and should easily have won by a 4 or even 5 goal margin. The Italian team had 70% ball percentage; they were winning 2:0 at half-time, Musa Barrow had two clear cut chances, but he missed both and obviously in the second half they thought the game was over. However, FK Sarajevo went on to score two very lucky goals from two shots on target. However, Thursday’s game will be very different. Atalanta BC’s coach, Gian Piero Gasperini, said the team is motivated; they want to prove that they deserve to qualify and they will do absolutely everything to score at least two goals. The odds on Atalanta BC to win are around 1.40, but we have found handicap Atalanta BC to win by 2 goals or more at 2.10 at Betsson which is a real value bet.
FK Sarajevo opened up the Bosnian Championships with a 1-0 loss at FK Radnik Bijeljina, but managed to trash FK Mladost by 4 goals to nil in the second round on Sunday. The team coach, Husref Musemic, managed to rest almost all of his main players in that game, so the freshness of his players’ legs will be FK Sarajevo’s biggest strength. However, the quality of the FK Sarajevo players is way below their Italian rivals, and in these kind of games that’s the most important thing. Also, FK Sarajevo’s goalkeeper, Bojan Pavlovic, is their weakest player. He managed to save some very difficult shots in Italy, and it would be very surprising if he could manage to do that again.
This Italian team played only one official game this season and that was against FK Sarajevo. They played four friendly games and won all of them, including a 3-2 win over Hertha BSC Berlin. After the game against FK Sarajevo, they played against Virtus Bergamo and won 3-0. Despite the fact that Josip Ilicic will not be ready for the upcoming game against FK Sarajevo, their industrious midfielder, Remo Freuler, will be back in team and will play instead of young Matteo Pessina. This should mean that Atalanta BC will have about the same amount of ball possession as they did in Italy (70%). It’s also important to note that the pitch will be in a very good state, which will enable Atalanta can play their possession-style of play. In the first leg, Atalanta BC showed their strength in first half, but this time round they should play the whole game at 100%. If so, they should win easily and make it to the third qualifying round. However, even though they could win by a large margin, they would get through to the next round with just a one goal difference. It’s looking good for them.
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Reasons For and Against The Tip:
✓ Atalanta BC is a much stronger team than FK Sarajevo.
✓ Atalanta BC should have scored at least five goals in the first leg in Italy. They dominated the whole game and they will play the same way in the second leg.
✓ Atalanta BC will play a team almost at full strength, with only Ilicic missing. However, the very important midfielder, Freuler, is back in team.
✘ Atalanta BC will go through even if they win by 1 goal margin.