Top of the table Man City travel to Milan to face Atalanta knowing a win here will seal their qualification for the knockout rounds.
Man City dismantled Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League group stage at the Etihad last week despite falling behind and being put under pressure early by Gian Piero Gasperini’s men. Both these sides will try and play from the front foot making for game that will feature a lot of attacking football. City should have too much firepower for the Nerazzurri to cope with.
MAN CITY TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Atalanta have scored nine times in their last two Serie A games, while Man City have 11 in their last three matches played between league, cup and European competition. Atalanta have conceded in all, but one of their 13 games played this season to date.
MATCH TO END WITH OVER 4 GOALS
Man City have won by a two or more goal margin in each of the last four matches since losing 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League. Prior to that defeat they had won their previous five by a two or more goal margin too.
MAN CITY TO WIN BY A TWO GOAL MARGIN
Atalanta will want to give their fans something to sing about in their debut season in the Champions League after losing their opening three matches. La Dea are capable of breaking sides down and getting on the scoresheet, however, their defence is likely to crumble when facing sustained pressure from a high tempo attacking side.
GAME TO END 2-4
Head to Head
The first and only time these sides met was in match day three when Man City came from behind to win 5-1 at the Etihad.
The match to end in a Man City win.
Atalanta are rock bottom of the group with no points after three games and they will need a huge performance to get anything out of this one. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini could have Colombian striker Duvan Zapata back from injury in time for this one.
For Manchester City, this could be a chance to seal automatic qualification for the knockout rounds. Pep Guardiola’s men have been in good form lately winning their last four in a row. Leroy Sane, Rodrigo, Aymeric Laporte, and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all ruled out for the Blues.
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