This is one of the most fascinating round of 16 of the Champions League, which will take place on Wednesday between Atalanta and Real Madrid

Atalanta is currently fifth in Serie A with 43 points, but only two points behind third-placed Juventus, on the other hand, Real Madrid are second in the league and are just three points behind Atlético Madrid but have one game more than the league leaders played

This is still relatively new territory for Atalanta, who qualified for this European showcase for the first time last season. The Italian team eventually lost to Paris-Saint Germain in the quarter-finals

The club’s recent appearance is no coincidence, however. Atalanta finished third in Serie A last season, five points behind Juventus In terms of expected goal difference (xGDiff), La Dea was the best team in Liga4 at 40 (according to FBRefcom )

Inter Milan was a distant second at 314 and Juve were even further back at 271 in the


Atalanta was not quite as strong this season, however. In 23 Serie A games, La Dea is only fourth in the xG difference at 16, behind Juve (239), Inter Milan (234) and Roma (219) the overall ranking

Papu Gomez, who scored seven goals and 16 assists last season, moved to La Liga Power Sevilla Atalanta is still a strong attacking force, scoring 53 goals in 23 league games, second after Inter Milan with 57 goals Place are

Luis Muriel has 14 goals at team level despite having only started eight of his 21 games; striker Duvan Zupata has nine goals and five assists

This is a very well-known area for Los Blancos who have won the European Cup / UCL 13 times but only made it to the last 16 before being knocked out by Manchester City

Real Madrid won the league last season but this year it is chasing its city rivals – a race that has come much closer in recent weeks Atlético Madrid have suffered one defeat and two draws in four league games since early February , while Real Madrid have won four games in a row

In terms of xG difference, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are tied at 13 years of age3 and 129 respectively, but both are way behind Barcelona (24) 9) and Real Sociedad (214) in this expanded metric

Real Madrid have scored 42 goals in 24 La Liga games – 12 of them through Karim Benzema Unfortunately, Benzema will miss this game due to injury. Central midfielder Casemiro is on the list with five goals but no one else has more than three on the squad

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Atalanta have won their last two games, including a 4-2 win over Napoli on Sunday, and lost only one of their last 14 Serie A games. That defeat came against other UCL contenders Lazio 31 in the league game on January / p>

Yes, Real Madrid have four straight wins but they faced Huesca, Getafe, Valencia and Real Valladolid – currently 20, 15, 12 and 19th in the Spanish top league Los Blancos scored two or fewer goals in every game and without Benzema only 05 xG in a 1-0 win at Valladolid last Saturday

Benzema isn’t Real Madrid’s only missing player either, Sergio Ramos is out too, weakening the defense, and Eden Hazard is unavailable, not that he’s done much since moving to Madrid

Atalanta is real and plays at home, which in my opinion leads to a win in the first leg

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