Betting preview: Atalanta vs Man United – Red Devils to edge towards knockout stage

Manchester United will be looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time since early September when they take on Atalanta in Italy.

Progressing into the Champions League knockout stage is without doubt one of the main priorities for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

The Red Devils can take a huge step towards that goal with a win over Atalanta on Tuesday night.

When, where and how to watch

When: Tuesday, November 2, 8pm GMT

Where: Gewiss Stadium

How to watch: BT Sport

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Best bets for Atalanta vs Manchester United

Match to end in a draw at 14/5

Second half to have most goals at 1/1

Man United to score over 1.5 goals at 4/5

Man United's 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Solskjaer's men desperately needed to put their 5-0 Liverpool thrashing behind them and the victory away in north London was certainly a step in the right direction.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates with team-mate Luke Shaw after scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Nevertheless, there is still a major question mark with regards to United. Is this a team that showed genuine signs of improvement against Spurs, or did they simply take advantage of an out-of-form side? The clash with Atalanta should give us a good indication.

When the two sides clashed two weeks ago, Solskjaer's men were forced to produce a late comeback in order to take all three points.

The Italian outfit proved they're capable of hurting the Red Devils and they will be looking to do so again on Tuesday night. With Gian Piero Gasperini's men playing on home turf, who says they couldn't give United more problems.

Atalanta's Marten de Roon, 30th October 2021

The one major concern with regards to La Dea is their inability to keep clean sheets. Atalanta have conceded in six straight games, including two against Lazio last weekend.

Bearing in mind the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, we should expect another close encounter. It makes sense then to back the draw at around the 14/5 mark.

Last time out in the Champions League

Man United 3-2 Atalanta (Champions League - November 20, 2021)

Despite getting off to a flying start, Atalanta returned to Italy empty-handed following a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

Gasperini's men went ahead when Mario Pasalic found the back of net in the opening quarter of an hour.

Things went from bad to worse for United who 15 minutes later found themselves 2-0 down following Merih Demiral's effort.

Nevertheless, the Red Devils battled back and produced a memorable European comeback as second-half goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo helped Solskjaer's side record a sensational victory.

Last 10 Champions League games

Manchester United

Wins: 5

Draws: 2

Losses: 3

Goals For: 22

Goals Against: 18

Atalanta

Wins: 3

Draws: 3

Losses: 4

Goals For: 12

Goals Against: 17

More late action from Group F

If you're looking for late drama, you've certainly come to the right place. Group F currently boasts an average of one goal per game after the 80th minute - a stat that can only grow considering how both these teams are going about their business.

Five of Atalanta's last six games have seen a goal scored in stoppage time. The one game which didn't make the list was their 4-1 win over Empoli - a game which still saw an 89th-minute effort.

Gian Piero Gasperini head coach for Atalanta B.C. reacts during the Serie A football match between Atalanta and Lazio

United, meanwhile, could be dubbed the second-half specialists. Out of United's 25 goals this season, 18 of them have been scored after the interval.

With that in mind, you might as well skip the first half, catch up on some Squid Game and tune back after the break.

United not struggling to find the net

Putting that Liverpool thrashing aside, Man United come into this Champions League clash with some impressive goalscoring numbers.

The Red Devils have bagged 11 goals from their last six competitive games and if that wasn't enough, Solskjaer has all but one of his players available for selection - the lone absentee being Anthony Martial.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (centre) with Jesse Lingard (left) and Harry Maguire (right) after the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

United may not be churning out world class performances at the minute, but with the side in good goalscoring form, they represent an interesting betting option in the goals market.

In fact, Man United to score over 1.5 goals is our third selection at around the 4/5 mark.

Goalscorer bets

Priced at 20/21, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way in the anytime goalscorer market.

While there are other names who offer more value for your buck, none of them are as prolific as CR7.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

The Portugal international has scored in all of Man United's Champions League games this season - including his winner against Atalanta two weeks ago.

You simply can't look past him at this moment.

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