RB Leipzig vs. Atalanta: Who Will Come Out on Top in The Festival of Exciting Attacking Football?

April 5, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022
Playoffs: Quarterfinals
Red Bull Arena, Leipzig.

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After their disappointing loss at home to Napoli during the weekend, Atalanta will travel to Germany for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final meeting with RB Leipzig. Kickoff time is 22:15 IST, on the 7th of April, 2022. Both teams found their way to the Europa League after exiting the Champions League, making this faceoff more interesting.

RB Leipzig will hope to respond strongly to their Champions League group stage exit. The German side fell short of requirements and will have to face Real Sociedad, who were fortunate to finish in second place in Group B of the Europa League.RB Leipzig are in imperious form and come into this fixture on the back of a convincing 4–1 victory at Borussia Dortmund. Atalanta lost at home to Napoli after a 4-game run without a loss in all competitions. RB Leipzig will hope to put on a show against their Italian opponents, who they are meeting for the first time. Both teams are known for going all out in attack, so we expect a thrilling match.RB Leipzig will hope to respond strongly to their Champions League group stage exit. The German side fell short of requirements and will have to face Real Sociedad, who were fortunate to finish in second place in Group B of the Europa League.

Teams Status

Take a peek at the latest form and team news from RB Leipzig and Atalanta:

RB Leipzig Form and Team News

RB Leipzig have clicked in the business end of the season and are beginning to look like strong contenders to go all the way in the Europa League. The Germans are the team to beat in the EL, and a 12-match unbeaten run since early February suggests they have found their best form. 

They recorded three draws and nine wins in that run, although 2 of those victories were walkovers after Spartak Moscow were excluded from European competition for being a Russian team. They scored 30 goals across the 10 matches they played in that run, averaging 3 goals per game. Emil Forsberg has scored the most goals for them in the EL with two goals.

RB Leipzig will be without Amadou Haidara and Yussuff Poulsen, who have to sit out this encounter due to injuries.

Atalanta Form and Team News

The club from Bergamo have suffered erratic form recently, showing flashes of brilliance but failing to live up to the expectations of football fans all over the world. They have already eliminated one German team, though, gaining home and away victories over Bayer Leverkusen in the previous playoff round (4–2 on aggregate).

Three wins and 1 draw in all competitions came with all wins by a 1-goal margin, but their loss to Napoli brought Atalanta crashing down to earth. With their chances of European qualification getting slimmer by the day, victory in the Europa League is an assured ticket to the Champions League next season. Ruslan Malinovski has been their standout performer in the Europa League with 3 goals and 2 assists.

Atalanta will travel to Germany without Rafael Toloi, who remains on the sidelines due to an injury.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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The sportsbook at Sportsbet.io calls this fixture in favor of RB Leipzig, with the odds for a home win placed at 1.84, a draw at 3.75, and a win for Atalanta at 4.20. On the Melbet sportsbook, the odds for all three outcomes are 1.888, 3.82, and 4.44, respectively. The Parimatch sportsbook places the odds for a Leipzig win at 1.87, a draw at 3.75, and a victory for Atalanta at 4.00.

Tipster’s Angle

This is the first meeting between RB Leipzig and Atalanta at any level, so there are no head-to-head records to look into. However, some interesting statistics are worth a look. RB Leipzig are yet to lose at home since December, a run of 8 games without defeat. They are yet to win at home in the Europa League, except in the walkover game.

Atalanta have a perfect away record in the Europa League, having won 3–nil at Olympiacos and 1–0 at Leverkusen, making it difficult to call this fixture in favor of either side. Here are our thoughts on the possible outcomes to expect:

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.18

In their 12-match unbeaten run, RB Leipzig have averaged at least 3 goals per match and recorded multi-goal results in 8 of those games. We already expect a highly competitive encounter, so there is a high possibility of more than one goal. Over 1.5 goals is available on the Sportsbet.io sportsbook at 1.18 odds.

Tip: Both Teams To Score @ 1.68

Two attacking teams come up against one another, and they are not exactly famous for their defensive prowess. We expect an open game, with an abundance of chances for both teams, which should turn into goals. RB Leipzig have been rampant in recent matches, and Atalanta have scored in all away games in the EL. Both teams to score is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.68 odds.


RB Leipzig are playing excellent football presently, and although Atalanta have not been consistent, they know how to grind out results and are unbeaten away in the Europa League. We expect a thrilling encounter at the Red Bull Arena.

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