Borussia Dortmund

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Westfalenstadion

15/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

Atalanta B.C.

V

Westfalenstadion

15/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence: Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund host Serie A’s Atalanta as third favourites to win the Europa League outright.

Last time: Dortmund and Atalanta have never met in competitive action – the only time they’ve shared a pitch was a 2017 friendly won by the Italians.

This time: Dortmund are available at 7/10 to win, with Atalanta 4/1 and the draw 3/1.

You might remember: Atalanta showing what they’re capable of by putting eight goals past Everton in their two group stage meetings, three in Italy and five in Liverpool.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion is a difficult place to visit for any opposition

Stoger’s Dortmund enter the Europa League after finishing behind Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid in the Champions League and meet one of the tournament’s dark horses in their first fixture. Few would expect Atalanta to be in the final come May, but stranger things have happened.

Dortmund are 7/10 to win the first leg and take a lead over to Italy with them and, judging at least by the respective size of the clubs, they should see off La Dea.

Atalanta are 4/1 but haven’t been pulling up trees in Serie A, certainly not to the extent they did last season, when they claimed a surprise fourth place. Indeed, this season Gasperini’s side are eighth, having lost some key players last summer.

The draw is 3/1 and that would perhaps tilt the advantage towards Atalanta, with the return leg in mind. Dortmund will hope for a decent lead to take with them to the Mapei Stadium, their European home with their regular ground not given a UEFA licence.

Michy Batshuayi is 4/1 to score first and the striker, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, has hit the ground running after moving to Westfalenstadion in January. The Belgium international has three goals in two games so far.

Papu Gomez is 9/1 to score first and while Atalanta are the underdogs, that’s a big price for their most important player. The midfielder – also known by his given name Alejandro – is Atalanta’s heartbeat.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Second half to be the highest scoring at 21/20. Dortmund have goals in them but, perhaps tellingly, they have second half goals, with four of their last five coming after the interval.

2

We fancy:

Dortmund to win to nil at 40/17. Atalanta only tend to score against teams on their level or lower and this game should take a similar pattern to the Orobici’s 1-0 defeats against Juventus and Napoli, both of which came in January.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Michy Batshuayi to score at hat-trick at 33/1. Batsman has settled immediately in Germany, having turned up with something to prove. How better to make his point to Antonio Conte then three goals on his European bow for his new team?

Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.