UEFA Champions League | Atalanta vs Villarreal: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Bakambu’s time at Villarreal

Cédric Bakambu played 105 games and scored 45 goals for Villarreal CF between 2015 and 2018.

Atalanta vs Villarreal: Line-ups



The Road Ends for Villarreal


Atalanta began their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal before beating Young Boys 1-0. They then failed to beat Manchester United in two attempts, losing one and drawing the other before playing out a 3-3 draw against Young Boys last time out.


Villarreal went winless in their first two Champions League games, drawing 2-2 against Atalanta and then losing 2-1 to Manchester United. They beat Young Boys home and away before losing to the Red Devils once again in their last game.


Villarreal are one point and one place above their midweek hosts in the group table. A draw will be enough to see the La Liga side through to the next phase.


There has been just one game between Atalanta and Villarreal, the reverse meeting of Wednesday’s fixture. The game, which was played back in September, ended 2-2.


Both teams will now be looking to get the better of each other when they clash this week in a bid to advance in the competition. Matteo Lovato and Robin Gosens are both out with injuries and will miss the game on Wednesday. The duo are the only absentees for the visitors.

DPP Verdict

Atalanta are unbeaten in their last 10 games with their last loss coming against Manchester United back in October. They are unbeaten in their last five home games and will look to maximize their home advantage on Wednesday. Villarreal need just one point to go through but are not in the best of form. They have won just one of their last five games across all competitions. Their Champions League run could come to an end this week, with Atalanta securing a narrow victory at home.