Real Madrid vs Atalanta: Line-up, Champions League prediction and result

Los Blancos have work to do as they host Serie A side at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid face Atalanta in the Champions League last 16 second leg.

Real Madrid are not safe yet as they take on Atalanta in the second leg of their Uefa Champions League last 16 tie at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Los Blancos brought the most slender of advantages back to the Spanish capital three weeks ago, in the face of the spirited resistance of the Italian underdogs.

A classy finish from Ferland Mendy in the 86th minute at the Gewiss Stadium was as much of a relief for Zinedine Zidane and Co as it was heartbreaking for the Serie A club.

The hosts had even battled through most of the match with ten men, after Remo Freuler was sent off for preventing Mendy a clear goalscoring opportunity just 17 minutes into the contest.

It gets a whole lot harder for the visitors with the return from injury for the hosts of Eden Hazard up front and club legend Sergio Ramos at the back.

Karim Benzema also looks set to slot back into the front line, although the match will come too soon for Dani Carvajal.

Casemiro misses out through suspension thanks to his first leg booking, while Mariano is also injured.

Atalanta could be without Berat Djimsiti, who went off injured in Serie A at the weekend, meaning Jose Luis Panomino could come into the side.

Matteo Pessina may deputise for the suspended Freuler, while Hans Hateboer and Bosko Sutalo are both ruled out by injury.

There is good news up front for coach Gian Piero Gasperini, though, as Duvan Zapata returns to fitness and a side that didn’t muster a single shot on target in the first leg.

Real Madrid vs Atalanta: Prediction

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

Real Madrid vs Atalanta: UCL starting XI prediction

Probable Real Madrid Starting XI: Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.

Probable Atalanta Starting XI: Pierluigi Gollini, Raphael Toloi, Cristian Romero, Jose Luis Palomino, Joakim Maehle, Marten de Roon, Matteo Pessina, Robin Gosens, Josip Ilicic, Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata.

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