Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund Preview

Atalanta vs Borussia Dortmund

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Atleti Azzurri d’Italia

Date: 22nd February 2018

Kick-off time – 20:05 GMT

Atalanta were very impressive in the first leg of this encounter with Borussia Dortmund needing a Michy Batshuayi goal to deny the Italians a draw.

However, two away goals sets them up to eliminate the Germans if they can score and defend well.

Their two goals from the first leg would have showed them how week their visitors are defensively, and since they average 1.62 goals per home league game they can outscore the Germans here.

Atalanta netted 3 goals in their first two Europa League group games, and they have gone on to net 16 goals in 7 Europa League matches so far.

Dortmund were lucky not to lose the first leg at home, but they would need to work extra hard if they want to stop Atalanta from eliminating them in this game.

They conceded in every single Champions League game as they struggled to beat APOEL to third place and they also conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their 7 European games ahead of this match.

With Batshuayi on their side they have the ability to score as many as they concede.

The Belgian has scored 8 goals in his last 8 European starts and could be difference for them here.

Dortmund also need to deal with the menace of Josep Illicic after the winger scored a brace in the first leg.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions


D Crotone 1-1 Atalanta 10 Feb, 2018 Italian Serie A
W Atalanta 1-0 Chievo Verona 4 Feb, 2018 Italian Serie A
L Atalanta 0-1 Juventus 30 Jan, 2018 Italian Coppa Italia
W Sassuolo 0-3 Atalanta 27 Jan, 2018 Italian Serie A
L Atalanta 0-1 Napoli 21 Jan, 2018 Italian Serie A

Borussia Dortmund

W Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hamburg SV 10 Feb, 2018 German Bundesliga
W FC Cologne 2-3 Borussia Dortmund 2 Feb, 2018 German Bundesliga
D Borussia Dortmund 2-2 SC Freiburg 27 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga
D Hertha Berlin 1-1 Borussia Dortmund 19 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga
D Borussia Dortmund 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg 14 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga


Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Atalanta 1 Aug, 2017 Friendly


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