Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa: Preview, kick-off time and where to watch on TV and online – Europa League 2023/24

Atalanta have had a mixed start to the Serie A season but attention now shifts to their Europa League endeavours as they take on Polish side Rakow Czestochowa.

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Atalanta‘s 2023/24 Europa League season gets underway with an inviting-looking home game against Polish side Rakow Czestochowa on Thursday night.

La Dea have been drawn in a group that also contains Sporting CP and SK Sturm Graz so they will be backing themselves to progress along with the Portuguese side. They have had a mixed start to the season after a fairly tumultuous summer, winning two games and losing another two.

Rakow Czestochowa are six games into the Ekstraklasa season and they sit fourth, having won four, drawn one and lost one. They are certainly something of an unknown for an Italian football audience but Atalanta will be the favourites to take all three points.

Atalanta players, including Marten de Roon, Giorgio Scalvini, Gianluca Scamacca and Charles De Ketelaere celebrate a goal. (Photo: Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio Facebook)

Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa: Predicted lineups

The only major injury concern for Gian Piero Gasperini right now is that record-signing El Bilal Toure remains out of action with an Achilles injury and will remain that way until the new year at the earliest. He will likely rotate his squad slightly as he seeks to ensure Atalanta get another three points in Serie A at the weekend.

The injury situation is much more dire for Rakow Czestochowa. Five players are out injured for a long time; Adrian Gryszkiewicz, Ivi Lopez, Stratos Svarnas, Jean Carlos Silva and Zoran Arsenic. Incidentally, two of those players are actually suspended anyway.

Atalanta predicted lineup vs Rakow Czestochowa (3-4-1-2): Carnesecchi; Djimsiti, Scalvini, Kolasinac; Zortea, De Roon, Ederson, Ruggeri; Adopo; Scamacca, De Ketelaere

Rakow Czestochowa predicted lineup vs Atalanta (3-4-3): V. Kovacevic; Tudor, A. Kovacevic, Rundic; Drachal, Papanikolaou, Kochergin, Plavsic; Cebula, Piasecki, Nowak

Gianluca Scamacca celebrates scoring for Atalanta. (Photo: Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio Facebook)

Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa: When does the Europa League fixture start?

Kick-off in the Europa League Matchday 1 fixture of Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa is set for 21:00 CEST, local time in Italy, on Thursday, September 20.

For viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the game will start at 20:00 BST. That is 15:00 EDT / 12:00 PDT in the United States.

Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa: Where to watch the Europa League fixture?

For fans in the United States, Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa will be on Paramount+ along with other fixtures on Europa League Matchday 1.

Atalanta vs Rakow Czestochowa will be shown on TNT Sports 8 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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