Atalanta vs Everton: What time does it start, which TV channel is it on and where can I watch it?

Everything you need to know about the Europa League clash in northern Italy

Thursday 14 September 2017 15:51
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Ronald Koeman says he is taking the Europa League 'very seriously'
Ronald Koeman says he is taking the Europa League 'very seriously'

Everton begin their Europa League campaign with a tricky looking, if at least scenic, trip to northern Italy to face Atalanta.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side finished fourth in Serie A last term, above the likes of Lazio, AC Milan and Inter but have suffered a difficult start to this season.

They kicked off the league campaign with defeats against Napoli and Roma - two sides competing in the Champions League this season - but bounced back to beat Sassuolo at the weekend and should move above their 13th place in the table soon.

Similarly, the Toffees have already lost to two of England's elite sides - in the shape of Chelsea and Tottenham - but did nick a point against Manchester City.

On the evidence of those three games, the Premier League's top six is looking as difficult to breach as ever – yet a drop from last season’s seventh place unlikely. That means a good run in this competition can be treated as a priority.

Here's everything you need to know about their first game:

What time does it start?

The game kicks off at 6pm (BST) at Mapei Stadium. Atalanta are playing their Europa League matches 120 miles away at the home ground of fellow Serie A side Sassuolo while their own stadium is being renovated.

Where can I watch it?

BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting the game.

It’s a big game for…

Sandro Ramirez is yet to get off the mark for Everton

Sandro Ramirez. The 22-year-old arrived at Goodison Park this summer with a big reputation following an impressive season at Malaga. Everton have looked short on goals up front so far and some fans will already be ruing the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku – despite all the money they received. Ramirez could go some way to calming their fears for the season ahead by getting off the mark on Thursday night.

Player to watch…

The 29-year-old is happy to run at opponents

Alejandro Gomez. The dimunitive Argentine was Atalanta’s top scorer last term, netting 16 goals and making 12 assists from midfield. An adept dribbler with a low centre of gravity, Gomez is quick to squeeze out of tight spaces and not afraid of knocking one in from long range. Everton’s midfield will have to be alert.

Form…

Atalanta: WLLWW

Everton: LLDDW

Odds…

Atalanta to win: 7/5

Draw: 9/4

Everton: 23/10

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