The match between the Italian Atalanta and Everton maybe named the central match of the upcoming Thursday. Both teams represent top championships. The Europa League may become a springboard to the Champions League, as in their national championships they will hardly be able to end up in top four. Therefore, one may expect some respect for the second most valuable Eurocup from both Atalanta and Everton.
Atalanta had a difficult start in Serie A, therefore one should not pay attention to the fact, that Bergamasca have only three points after three played rounds. On matchday one, Atalanta lost to Roma at their home ground 0:1 in an equal battle, in the second round they lost to Napoli 1:3, but managed to score goal. Last weekend Atalanta took care of Sassuolo at home.
Lukaku’s departure will have consequences for Everton. It is already seen by the Toffees results, which lst to Chelsea, Tottenham, and with difficulties brought points from Manchester. The Current Everton cannot compete with the EPL’s top teams, this motivates Koeman even more to get successful results with his team in the Europa League.
Atalanta, as well as Everton became weaker in the current midseason. It is quite possible, that new leaders will appear throughout the season at Bergamasca, but the looks weaker now, than last season. Everton are going to Italy to play defensively and will be glad to have a draw. A bet on a defensive football looks decent.
Prediction for the match: under 2.5 goals in the match