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Leipzig vs Atalanta Europa League quarter-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg between Leipzig and Atalanta.

Christopher Nkunku celebrates scoring a UEFA Champions League goal for Leipzig
Christopher Nkunku celebrates scoring a UEFA Champions League goal for Leipzig Getty Images

Leipzig and Atalanta meet in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday 7 April.

Leipzig vs Atalanta at a glance

When: Thursday 7 April (18:45 CET kick-off)
Where: RB Arena, Leipzig
What: UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg (second leg 14 April)
How to follow
: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Semi-final opponents: Braga or Rangers

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Where to watch Leipzig vs Atalanta on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Europa League broadcast partner(s) here.

What do you need to know?

Every Leipzig Europa League goal so far

Given a bye to the quarter-finals after eliminating Real Sociedad in the play-offs, Leipzig lost their only previous home game against Serie A opponents, 2-0 to Napoli in 2017/18. Atalanta eliminated another Bundesliga side – Leverkusen – in the round of 16, with Leipzig boss Domenico Tedesco (born in Italy, though confusingly his name means 'German' in Italian) impressed by Gian Piero Gasperini's "well-organised team".

Possible starting line-ups

Leipzig: Gulácsi; Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol; Klostermann, Laimer, Kampl, Angelino; Forsberg, Nkunku; Silva
Suspended: none
Misses next game if booked: Adams, Kampl, Orbán, Simakan

Every Atalanta Europa League goal this season

Atalanta: Musso; Scalvini, Demiral, Palomino; Zappacosta, Freuler, De Roon, Mæhle; Pašalić; Malinovskyi, Boga
Suspended: none
Misses next game if booked: De Roon, Demiral, Pašalić, Tolói

Form guide

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first): WDWDW
Where they stand: 4th in Bundesliga, German Cup semi-finals

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first): LWWDW
Where they stand: 7th in Serie A

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

Expert predictions

James Thorogood, match reporter
Still afloat in three competitions, Leipzig have billed this as 'Mega April'. The 4-1 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga made for an impressive start to the month and, with Christopher Nkunku leading of a star-studded ensemble, they are confident that they can reach the final four of a UEFA competition for the second time in three seasons.

What the coaches say

Domenico Tedesco, Leipzig coach: "Atalanta are really strong away from home; their style is intense and aggressive. We have to wait for the right moments, both in attack and defence, and can't afford to lose our patience or become too hungry. It's the first of two legs."

Gian Piero Gasperini, Atalanta coach: "An Italian side hasn't won this trophy since 1999, so we are not yet in a position where we feel the pressure to win after 23 years. We know that if we get past this round, the semi-final would be an extraordinary achievement."

Where is the 2022 Europa League final?

Seville's Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium will stage the final on Wednesday 18 May.

The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.