Atalanta v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

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Citta del Tricolore - Europa League

After coming through two rounds of qualifying, Everton travel to Italy to face Atalanta in the opening game of the Europa League proper. It’s hardly an ideal fixture for Ronald Koeman’s side after a disappointing performance at the weekend.

Past Meetings

This is going to be the first meeting between Atalanta and Everton. With no history to go on and plenty of new faces arriving at both clubs over the summer, this game’s a tough one to call.

Team News

Former Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon will be a familiar face on Thursday after he returned to Atalanta in the summer. He’s in line to start alongside captain Alejandro Gomez, who’ll pose a serious threat to the Everton defence. Danish striker Andreas Cornelius will lead the line for La Dea.

Everton meanwhile are still without several big names. Ross Barkley, James McCarthy, Ramires Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie are all on the treatment table and miss out on the trip. After the poor defensive showing against Tottenham on Saturday, Koeman could bring the steady Phil Jagielka back into the side.

Atalanta v Everton Preview and Predictions

With Lyon also lurking in Group E, this is a big game for both Atalanta and Everton. Neither side will want to get their campaign underway with a defeat, so this one could be a tight and cagey affair.

After a tough time at home, Wayne Rooney will probably be glad to get away from everything for a couple of days. His experience could be vital in what promises to be a tricky encounter for Everton. Everything was looking very positive for the Toffees before consecutive demoralising defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Spurs. A win in Reggio Emilia would be the ideal way to get things back on track, and this is priced at 2/1 in the betting.

After difficult games against Roma and Napoli, Atalanta registered their first points of the season with a win 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were very strong at home in Serie A last season, with only Juventus, Roma and Napoli taking more points in front of their own fans. The bookmakers have them as slight favourites at 31/20, while the draw’s available at 11/5.

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Rooney to score in 1-0 Everton win at 4/1

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The 0-0 draw at 8/1

It could be a cagey game as both sides feel each other out and try to avoid defeat, making this a decent price for a goalless stalemate.