Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Atalanta and Midtjylland face each other at Gewiss Stadium in a David-vs-Goliath clash. Atalanta aim to keep their Champions League knockout stages alive, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Danes. The Orobici are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and despite their anything but brilliant form in the Serie A, home win should definitely be considered.
Both Malinovsky and Miranchuk are quarantined, while Pasalic, Depaoli, and Caldara are likely to miss the game with injury. Midtjylland suffered a loss in each of their first four group games, meaning that they have nothing to play for in Tuesday’s clash. Taking everything into account, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. When the two teams met in Denmark earlier in the process Atalanta outplayed Midtjylland 4-0, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Italians.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Midtjylland):
Despite being founded on February 2, 1999, FC Midtjylland is considered one of the best Danish clubs. The Wolves have quickly established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Superliga, with the team clinching their first league title in the 2014/15 season.
Three seasons later Midtjylland repeated the success, with the team finishing the process four points clear of second-place Brondby. In the 2019/20 season the Wolves won their third domestic trophy, leaving Danish giants Copenhagen in the second place. Midtjylland welcome their rivals at MCH Arena, the venue which can hold up to 11,432 people.
In the 2020/21 season the Wolves did well to book their place in the Champions League group stages, with the team being grouped with the likes of Liverpool, Ajax, and Atalanta. Midtjylland are well known for their excellent scouting system, with a number of young and talented players from Africa joining the club year by year.