Atalanta v Everton UEFA Europa League Predictions & Betting Odds – 14th September 2017

Toffees to struggle in Italy

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Atalanta v Everton Betting Preview – UEFA Europa League 14th September 6.00pm

Atalanta are making a return to Europe after a 26 year absence. So this is a big occasion for them and they play host to Premier League side Everton on Thursday night. Neither side have particularly found much form and at all this term and the Toffees will be going up against a side who were very good at home last season. This may be a tight battle between the two in Italy, but the home side will probably give the visiting Premier League side a tough night.

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Atalanta v Everton Betting Tips

Everton will have their hands full here potentially as last season, Atalanta were a very good home side. Among their successes were a draw against Juventus and wins over Roma and Napoli, all top four finishers last term in Serie A. Overall they only lost three times at home last season. They have lost at home against Roma already this season through and lost away at Napoli. So they got their first points of the season on the weekend in a home win over Sassuolo to post a W1 L2 record in Serie A so far. Atalanta are back in Europe then after a long 26 year absence since they were beaten in the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup by Inter Milan in the 1990/91 season. This will be the first clash between Atalanta and Everton and for the Italians, this is the first game against English opponents too. The Italians are unbeaten in five home matches in Europe and they may well have a big say in this game which could be a tight contest. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is trading at a price of 4/6.

Everton are just struggling for goals and winning form at the moment. They are winless in their last four games in all competitions and were beaten at Goodison Park by Spurs on the weekend. Everton have experience against Italian opposition and they hold a W1 D2 L3 record from their six previous encounters with Serie A sides. Each of the defeats that Everton have suffered against Italian opponents have been in Italy where they have lost three of three. Everton have actually failed to score in five of their six previous games against Italian opponents and Atalanta to win to nil at bet365 returns a price of 11/4. The Toffees are unbeaten in four European games so far this season with a W3 D1 record and overall they have only lost one of their last seven games on the road in Europe (W3 D3 L1). Everton have made it through all three of their previous UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns, most recently in 2014/15. Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez and Andreas Cornelius are 2/1 joint favourites in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market.

Atalanta v Everton Betting Odds

Atalanta 11/8, Everton 19/10, Draw 23/10

Atalanta v Everton Predictions

Atalanta to win: Based on their home performances last season, Atalanta look good value to get the win on the board in this one. Everton just haven’t gotten everything together so far this season and may struggle to muster up a decent attacking performance to challenge in this one.