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Football: Monday's European Preview

There are four games across Europe's top five leagues on Monday that will have an impact at both the top and bottom end of the tables.

Three of the matches take place in Serie A - including a chance for Atalanta to go back to the top in Italy - while there is just the one clash in La Liga to look forward to.

As ever, you'll be able to catch the action amongst bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming.

Atalanta aim to maintain good start


Monza v Atalanta, Serie A


Venue U-Power Stadium, Monza


17:30, Monday 5th September 2022

How to watch

BT Sport 1


Monza 9/2, draw 3/1, Atalanta 3/5

With no European football to distract them this season, Atalanta will have their sights set on a top-four finish and have started the campaign with real intent.

Gian Piero Gasperini has led his team to an unbeaten start, with three wins and a draw in their opening four matches - conceding just two goals during that run.

The men from Bergamo have two wins out of two on the road - with victories at Sampdoria and Verona - and will expect to claim another on Monday.

Bottom-club Monza are their opposition, with the newly-promoted side having lost all four of their games to date and leaking 11 goals on their return to the top flight.

The hosts are 9/2 to collect their first three points of the season, with Atalanta available at 3/5 and the draw can be backed at 3/1.

In Teun Koopmeiners, Atalanta have the early season joint top-scorer with the Dutch midfielder having already got four to his name this term.

The former AZ Alkmaar man grabbed a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Torino, with two of those coming from the spot. Bearing in mind he takes the penalties, Koopmeiners is a tempting 7/2 to score at anytime on Monday evening.

Duo unbeaten so far

Two teams in the bottom half of Serie A meet on Monday evening, with Salernitana and Emploi looking to increase their unbeaten runs to four matches.

The hosts are currently two points ahead of their opponents after a win and two draws in the last three matches, during which time they have kept two clean sheets.

On-loan forward Boulaye Dia has caught the eye since his summer switch from Villarreal, bagging twice in the opening four matches. The Senegal international is 11/2 to score first on Monday.

Empoli, meanwhile, have collected three straight draws following their opening-game defeat at Spezia and that includes a 1-1 scoreline in their last away game, at Lecce.

The visitors have also won twice in their last three visits to Salernitana, which includes a 4-2 success in their last meeting at the Stadio Arechi in October 2021.

Torino face Lecce test

Torino find themselves in the top eight after a solid start to the season, but could find life tough against a stubborn Lecce side who won on their last trip to Turin in 2020.

After narrow defeats in their first two matches, Marco Baroni's men have responded with back-to-back draws, including a 1-1 scoreline at Napoli last time out.

Having collected seven points from their opening three games, Torino suffered a 3-1 defeat at Atalanta last time out.

Torino's hopes this term are likely to sit firmly on the shoulders of Nikola Vasic, with the on-loan West Ham man having already chipped in with two goals this season.

The hosts are 7/10 shots to collect a home win on Monday night, with Lecce available at 17/4 and the draw can be backed at 11/4.

Disappointing starts for Valladolid and Almeria


Real Valladolid v Almeria, La Liga


Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid


20:00, Monday 5th September 2022

How to watch

Premier Sports 1


Real Valladolid 13/10, draw 23/10, Almeria 21/10 

Two teams with just one win between them in their opening three matches meet at the Jose Zorrilla on Monday evening, as Real Valladolid and Almeria go head-to-head.

It is the visitors that currently hold the advantage, seven places and three points ahead of their opponents, who have just one point to their name.

A 2-1 comeback win over Sevilla last time out has moved Rubi's men up to 12th, with Real Madrid the only team to beat them so far this term.

Valladolid have struggled so far, with just one point from their opening three matches leaving them in the bottom three. The goal stats don't make good reading either, conceding eight and scoring just once during that spell.

These two teams battled it out in Segunda B last season, with this fixture ending in a 2-2 draw as Almeria snatched a point with a late equaliser. A draw on Monday night can be backed at 23/10.

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