Manchester City hosts Atalanta in round 3 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, October 22nd at Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
As we can see in this season, something is wrong with the mechanism of Manchester City. Guardiola's men have already suffered two defeats in the Premier League, and now we can say that it will be very difficult to maintain the throne of English football in this season. But the problems of the Citizens do not apply to the Champions League. They beat Shakhtar in the first round (3-0) and Dinamo Zagreb in the second round (2-0). The British got a frankly easy group, and they feel like kings in it. Ultimately, if desired, the Citizens can gain all 18 points out of 18 possible. And if they really try, they can even not conceded in the entire group stage. The upcoming match will probably not be any different from the previous two games of the Champions League, and the men of Guardiola will just have another open training.
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What can we say about Atalanta? SHAME! I even start to think about whether the men of Gianpiero Gasperini began to dis the games. They just fly and destroy everyone in a row in the Italian championship, having scored 18 goals in seven rounds, and the rivals were far from the simples. But in the Champions League, they lose to some Croatian middle peasants (0-4) and the Donetsk Miners at home (1-2). Maybe the Champions League anthem affects the team so much or it is a disregard for the main club tournament of the planet… I don’t understand what is happening with the team, but the fact remains. In the group where Italians should calmly take the second place and reach the 1/8 finals, they are disgraced in full and seem to take the fourth final place.
I would not say that Manchester frequently destroys its low-quality rivals. They calmly take points due to their skills. And we shouldn’t wait for a large victory of the Citizens in the upcoming game. But they are likely to score two or three goals again, so I propose to bet on their -1.5 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win with -1.5 handicap