Place: Italy. Reggio nell’Emilia. Mapei Stadium.
Date: on the 23rd of August, 2018 (Thursday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Europa League. 4th qualification round. 1st matches.
Atalanta (the head coach Gian Piero Gasperini)
Last year participation of Atalanta in frames of the second by its status continental tournament ended in the first round of the playoffs with the total defeat of Borussia Dortmund with final score – 3:4 (2:3 and 1:1). And earlier, at the group stage the team of Gian Piero Gasperini in six matches has won four victories over Everton, England (3:0 and 5:1), Apollon, Cyprus (3:1) and Lyon, France (1:0).
The team from Bergamo has very successfully begun the current qualification campaign. In the second qualification round the Black and Blues have destroyed the Bosnian club Sarajevo – 10:2 (2:2 and 8:0). And during the previous stage of the tournament Atalanta has scored six goals in the gates of Hapoel Israel (4:1 and 2:0).
And now it is necessary to make one specification. Atalanta doesn’t play the home matches of the Europa League in Bergamo as it is told in many information publications but in Reggio nell’Emilia, on Mapei Stadium. It is the home stadium of another Italian club Sassuolo.
Copenhagen (the head coach Ståle Solbakken)
Unlike the new championship of Italy which began only last Saturday, on the 18th of August, the new tournament of the Danish Superliga has begun in the middle of July. At the time of writing this prediction the national grandee Copenhagen has played five matches in which he has won four victories over Hobro (3:0), Aalborg (4:0), Odense (1:0) and Brøndby (3:1). And team of Ståle Solbakken has suffered only one defeat in the very first round on home arena, having lost to Horsens (1:2).
Today Copenhagen has 12 points and together with Aalborg heads the standings. And in the previous round of qualification for the Europa League “The Danish Lions” have won over the Bulgarian CSKA (4:2). But at first in Sofia and then during the second leg on Parken the same result was gained – 2:1.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Atalanta vs. Copenhagen
Of course, the modern level of football of the Italian Serie A is much higher than of the Danish Superliga. That is why the bookmakers propose good quotations in favor of hosts for the forthcoming meeting: Atalanta – 1.35, Copenhagen – 8.50.
And now we have one reasonable question! What team is stronger: the mid level team of the Italian football or the leader of the Danish championship?