UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Predictions & Betting Odds: Atalanta vs. Paris SG.
Atalanta vs. PSG Betting Preview
Oh, how fans of PSG must have felt to see Kylian Mbappe return to training before the massive UEFA Champions League quarterfinal Wednesday in Lisbon.
The Parisian side has only been to the semifinals of this tournament one time, way back in 1995, and it took a Ballon d’Or winning performance from George Weah to do that. Since the club has been on the global stage in 2011 (thanks to the new ownership group), PSG has played in the Champions League every season since 2012-13. In that time, the side was eliminated four straight years in the quarterfinals, but the last three seasons have ended in the Round-of-16 in absolutely stunning fashion.
But there is hope in 2020. PSG is on a very manageable side of the bracket, and with each tie now just one game, everything could be falling into place for the Parisian side.
Obviously, if Mbappe can play a part, PSG has two of the five best players on the planet leading the line. The third attacker, Mauro Icardi, isn’t bad, either. PSG can score goals, and should be a good mix of rested and game tested, with the two cup finals played over the last few weeks.
Add in the missing pieces for Atalanta (GK Pierluigi Gollini, F Josep Ilicic), and this could be PSG’s year to break the hex and move on into the semifinals and beyond.
This team has been an attacking force all season in Serie A. But they did fade down the stretch a little bit, after a deflating 2-2 draw to Juventus on July 11 all but locked up the title for Juve. Atalanta won six of six out of the COVID-19 break, then after the draw to Juventus, went 3-2-1. In those six games, they scored more than one goal just once.
Atalanta vs. PSG Prediction
I think the return of Kylian Mbappe from that shock tackle in the Coupe de France on July 24 could prove to be pivotal. Whether he starts the match, or comes off the bench in the second half, Mbappe is one of the top five players in the world, and could be the key to PSG’s run to a first UEFA Champions League Final.
Look for PSG to cover the ML (-105), and for Neymar to have a big match, especially if his partner up top is in the lineup. Icardi could have a night as well.
Matchup Odds & Info
- Atalanta (+260) vs. PSG (-105), draw (+280), Odds from Parx
- Venue: Estadio de Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
- Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
- Time: 3 p.m. EDT
- TV Channels: CBS All-Access, UniMas, TUDN, and Fubo.tv
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