Having put together a four-game winning streak, Real Madrid continues its Champions League campaign away to Atalanta. Goals seem to be on the menu In Bergamo with Zinedine Zidane’s team visiting one of the most prolific sides in Europe.
Bookmaker 10Bet has the odds at 1.66 for the game to have over 2.5 goals while you can back both teams to score in the contest with the odds at 1.50.
Atalanta ended up as the highest-scoring side in 60 years in Italy last season when they had 98 goals across a 38-game league campaign, and they haven’t slowed down in 2020-21 either scoring 53 times in 23 Serie A matches.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side started the month with a goalless draw in the Italian Cup against Napoli, but they have now hit three-plus goals in three of their last four games, including last weekend when they got revenge versus Napoli with a 4-2 win.
Colombian strike duo Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata have combined for 30 goals across all competitions and it will take something special to keep them off the scoreboard on Wednesday.
Real have recorded three clean sheets during their current winning streak, but their defense has been ravaged with injuries, and they’ve struggled to contain the opposition allowing 9.3 shots per game in La Liga, which is the ninth-worst mark in the Spanish top flight this season.
Captain Sergio Ramos is a long-term absentee and the team is also without right-back Dani Carvajal and left-back Marcelo. The trio formed the backbone of the dominant Real side that won the Champions League three times in five years from 2014 to 2018.
Los Blancos haven’t made it past the Round of 16 stage in the past two years, but they are a highly experienced team that doesn’t let the pressure get to them. Their recent winning run is a great example of it as it started after Zidane looked to be on the brink of getting sacked following a disappointing run of results.
A positive outcome in Bergamo would be another boost for Real who have closed the gap with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid to three points. The two are set to meet at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on March 7.
Beating Atalanta in their own barn will take some doing though as La Dea has lost only three of their last 24 home games in Europe, and they kick off Wednesday’s action with just one home loss in their last 12 matches across all competitions.