RB Leipzig is hosting Atalanta at Red Bull Arena in the first leg of the quarterfinals in the UEFA Europa League. Leipzig is on fire right now, they are playing really well on both ends, and they are scoring a lot of goals. Atalanta has been very sloppy and inconsistent this season, and they are coming into this game with a loss against Napoli.
Leipzig is now in 4th place in Bundesliga, but I think they could get to 3rd soon enough because they are playing great soccer right now. Offensively, Leipzig has improved a lot, they have scored 61 goals so far in Bundesliga, while their defense is also solid with 31 conceded goals. Leipzig was free in the previous stage of the Europa League because Spartak Moscow got kicked out. Leipzig is now undefeated since early February, they are still playing in the DFB Pokal, and they are the biggest favorite to win it. Leipzig is also one of the biggest favorites to win the Europa League, but it will be a hard journey. There aren’t many injuries in Leipzig right now, and they will have a lot of depth and quality available to them in this game.
Atalanta has lost to Napoli in their last game in Serie A, and they are now in 7th place in the Serie A standings. Offensively, Atalanta is doing well, they have scored 52 goals, but they have the potential to do a lot better. Atalanta has had a tough opponent in the previous stage of the Europa League, but they were successful, and they have knocked Leverkusen out of this competition. Malinovskyi is the leading goalscorer for Atalanta with 3 goals, while Muriel and Djimsiti have added 2 goals each. Malinovskyi has also added 3 assists. Atalanta definitely has the quality to beat another German team, but Leipzig is in better form now than Leverkusen was back then, and this will be a hard game for them. Atalanta has had a lot of injury problems this season, and they still do, but we will see if they can step up.
This is the first matchup between these two teams, and I have a feeling it will be a good one. I expect goals in this one, but I think Leipzig gets the win.