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Nov 6, 2019 at 8pm UK at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Attendance: 34,326
AtalantaAtalanta BC
1-1
Man CityManchester City
Pasalic (49')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Sterling (7')
Bravo (81')

Preview: Atalanta vs. Manchester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Champions League fixture between Atalanta and Manchester City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Atalanta BC face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after losing each of their first three group stage games in the competition.

The Serie A outfit next host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, who have lost just twice all season.


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Manchester City's Kyle Walker celebrates scoring their second goal with Gabriel Jesus and teammates on November 2, 2019© Reuters

Atalanta qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history last season in swashbuckling style, finishing third in Serie A ahead of both Milan and Rome-based clubs.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side also ended the campaign as the division's top scorers, ahead of eventual champions Juventus and nearest challengers Napoli, netting 77 times in total.

Atalanta lost their last outing 2-0 against Cagliari, suffering their second domestic defeat of the campaign and slipping down to fifth in Serie A.

Giamperini's side will not be looking forward to the visit of Pep Guardiola's outfit, however, having already been beaten 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium in their last Champions League game.

City have bounced back from their 2-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers that saw them slip further behind Liverpool in this season's Premier League title race, winning their subsequent five on the trot in all competitions.

That run includes back-to-back wins over Southampton, the latest of which came in the Premier League by a 2-1 scoreline after winning 3-1 against the same opponents in the EFL Cup.

City have a perfect record in Europe so far this term, winning each of their three Champions League games to surge to the top of their group.

Guardiola's side could open up a seven-point gap at the top of the group and confirm their qualification to the knockout stages as group winners if they beat Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb draw with each other.

Atalanta form: DLWDL
Manchester City form: LWWWWW


Team News

Manchester City's Rodri is substituted off after sustaining an injury on October 22, 2019© Reuters

Pep Guardiola has several names unavailable to him as he prepares to bring his squad to Italy.

Winger Leroy Sane and centre-back Aymeric Laporte are both long-term absentees with serious knee injuries and remain sidelined for this one.

City are also without defensive midfielder Rodri, left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko and the suspended Phil Foden, who was sent off in the reverse fixture.

David Silva is also a major doubt, leaving Guardiola light on central midfield options at present.

For Atalanta, striker Duvan Zapata is unavailable as he recovers from a muscle injury, but Giamperini has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Atalanta possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Castagne, Freuler, Pasalic, Gosens; Gomez; Ilicic, Muriel

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Angelino; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; B. Silva, Aguero, Sterling


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We say: Atalanta 1-3 Manchester City

Atalanta are a fine side, but their Champions League form has been woeful thus far and City will expect to pick them apart just as they did in their last meeting. Raheem Sterling will be licking his lips after his hat-trick against these opponents previously.


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