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Atalanta vs. Villarreal 12/8/21 UEFA Champions League Soccer Picks, Predictions, and Odds

Atalanta vs. Villarreal
December 8, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -188, Under 2.5 +150
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Atalanta is hosting Villarreal at Gewiss Stadium in round 6 of Group F of the UEFA Champions League. Atalanta is back to being their old selves, and they are once against scoring a ton of goals. Villarreal has been inconsistent so far this season, but they seem to be playing quite well in the Champions League.

Atalanta hasn’t lost any of their last 10 games, and they are now on a 3-game winning streak in Serie A. during this streak, Atalanta has scored 8 goals while conceding only 2 goals, and they have beaten Napoli and Juventus during this stretch. With 6 points, Atalanta is now in 3rd place, they have scored 10 goals in the Champions League, but they have also conceded 10 goals. With a win in this game, Atalanta will be qualifying for the next stage, and with the form they are currently in, I think they just might. Zapata has scored 2 goals and added 3 assists for Atalanta in the Champions League so far. This is a very important game for Atalanta, and I think they are good enough at the moment to get a nice win at home, but they need to be careful because Villarreal is still a solid team.

Villarreal has lost 3 of their last 4 games, and their only win was against a lower division team in the Spanish Cup. In their last game against Sevilla on the road, Villarreal has had 55% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. Villarreal’s defense has been terrible so far this season, and they have conceded a goal in the 16th minute. Unfortunately for Villarreal, they weren’t able to get back into this game, and they lost 1-0. With 7 points, Villarreal is now in 2nd place, and they have scored 9 goals while conceding 7 goals, but they will need more of their offense in this game. Danjuma is the leading goalscorer for Villarreal with 2 goals, while Moreno added 1 goal and 2 assists. There are still some injuries in Villarreal, and they just can’t get back on track with their form. Villarreal is a solid team, I love the way they are playing, but consistency has been their biggest problem right now. This team is good, the coach is great, they have depth and quality, now they just need to come together to bounce back.

It’s hard to bet against Atalanta right now, but I do think they will concede a goal here. Villarreal is not under the pressure, at least not until Atalanta scores a goal. I think Atalanta is the better team here, and I think they will get the win.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: Atalanta and over 3.5 +275

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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