Juventus welcome the Bergamo-based side, Atalanta at Juventus Stadium on Wednesday for the second leg of Coppa Italia. The kick-off is scheduled for 04:30 GMT on 28 February.
Both of the teams have everything to play for in this second leg, as the first leg ended with a 1-0 margin in Bianconeri’s favor. Juventus come to this match in a splendid form and will be hoping to get through to the finals with ease.
The league match between these two sides was scheduled for 25 February. But, it was postponed after heavy snowfall, and the reports suggest that the game will probably be played on either the 13th or 14th of March.
The 33-times league title holders Juventus are second in the league standings this term around, one point behind Napoli; while the visitors are eighth with 38 points from 25 games.
The Old Lady have kept a clean-sheet in all of their last three cup ties and are enjoying an eighteen games undefeated streak across all competitions. They have maintained their good run of form in Serie A despite a large number of injuries. However, lack of game-changers in the dugout cost them a win against Tottenham in Champions League last week.
Gasperini’s men were knocked out of the round of 32 of Europa League by Borussia Dortmund on Friday. Atalanta will be hoping to grasp the chance of only silverware this season, but they the and concede none in this second leg if they want to reach the final of Coppa Italia.
Players To Watch
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Argentine prodigy Dybala returned to action after recovering from a hamstring injury, during the 1-0 win over Torino last week. The 24-year-old has 14 goals to his name in Serie A this campaign. He also scored in the 2-0 win over Genoa in the round of 16 of Coppa Italia and will be all-out prepared to make an impact in this cup tie.
Josip Ilicic (Atalanta)
The Slovenian has an excellent record in the away games against the Old Lady. The 30-year-old has scored thrice in last six matches played at Juventus Stadium. And for this clash too, we are still rooting for a commendable performance from the midfielder.
Juventus won the first leg of this league tie with a close margin, thanks to an early goal from the Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain. Alejandro Gomez missed the chance to level the game from the spot in the 25th minute, as the reigning champions defended that early goal till the final whistle.
The Bianconeri head into the second leg with a crucial away goal and most importantly, a lead under their belts.
Juventus knocked La Dea out of the round of 16 of Coppa Italia last year, which was a fierce battle that went to the final minutes of the game.
Massimiliano Allegri will be glad with the return of Dybala, but the Italian manager is still without striker Higuain, who misses out with an ankle injury.
Juan Cuadrado, Bernadeschi, and De Sciglio are also unavailable due to injuries. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is suspended and won’t feature in this cup tie.
Gian Piero Gasperini will be without Andrea Petagna and Rafael Toloi, the later being suspended due to the accumulation of yellow card.
Juventus vs Atalanta Lineup (Predicted XI)
Juventus Line Up (4-3-3)
Lichtsteiner (RB), Rugani (CB), Chiellini (CB), Sandro (LB)
Marchisio (RCM), Pjanic (CDM), Matuidi (LCM)
Atalanta Line Up (3-4-2-1)
Palomino (RCB), Caldara (CB), Masiello (LCB)
Hateboer (RWB), Cristante (RCM), Freuler (LCM), Spinazzola (LWB)
Gomez (CAM), Ilicic (CAM)
Juventus vs Atalanta Prediction
Due to postponement of their Sunday meeting, the players were granted some rest which will play a crucial part in this fixture. Atalanta will have to make a positive start to the game, and a couple of away goals can make things difficult for the Old Lady.
Juventus are one of the favorites to win the league cup this season. Given that the Bianconeri are still alive in all of the three competitions, they will be keeping an eye on the treble; which they came so close to achieving last year, only to lose to Real Madrid in the final of Champions League.
Our Prediction: A 2-0 win for Juventus