Juventus vs Atalanta Preview: Juventus host Atalanta in the Serie A on 14th March at 5 PM GMT. This game was scheduled on February 25 but was post-ponded due to heavy rainfall on Turin.
Juventus sit a point clear of Napoli in Serie A with a game left to play and could move 4 points clear with a win.
Atalanta sit 8th in the table with 41 points, 6 points off the Europa gameplay qualification spot. The Nerazzurri are viewing their second run consecutively in the European Cup. They were knocked out of the Europa League by Borussia Dortmund in the round of 32 in late February. Their main objective for this part of the season is to qualify for Europe next season which seems attainable too.
Juventus are beaming with confidence after they progressed in the last eight of Champions League with an away victory over Tottenham Hotspur and a win over Udinese on Sunday. That victory enabled the Old lady move top of the league as title contenders Napoli drew at Inter Milan.
One can expect a close run by both Juventus and Napoli for the Serie A title this season unlike previous three to four seasons of Italian football.
Juventus have won their last 16 of 17 games and they have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 13 games. The defending champions are always renowned for their stellar defense and we expect it to continue in this match at Allianz Stadium.
Atalanta have played one game more than other Europa league-spot-chasing rivals. However, they have been in good form winning 11 points in their last 5 matches. Gianpiero Gasperini has strengthened the defense of this Atalanta side, their core of recent progress. They are not potent in front of goal but make up the gap with a team effort defensively.
This mid-week game will host two well-drilled sides with a defensive mentality go head to head. Both sides have their need for the three points, and we expect both teams to go for the win.
Juventus are unbeaten since their loss at Barcelona dating back to November 2017. The Old Lady have won all six of their last six Serie A games and are full of confidence with a win at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur and Udinese. They have won 16 of their last 17 games in all competitions and are unlikely to drop points against Atalanta.
Atalanta is a decent side and put up tough gameplay for the opposition with their defensive side of their game. Atalanta have put up great form recently winning five of their last ten games, losing two and drawing two. They have found their form at the right time of the season to push for the European spot.
Key Players To Watch
The Argentine attacking midfielder has been vital for the Old Lady this season. He has scored 21 goals for Juventus in all competitions this season, and 17 of the goals came in Serie A games.
The diminutive forward scored both the goals in the 2-0 win against Udinese and also scored a goal at the knockout away tie against Tottenham. If the Atalanta back-line has to keep someone in check, it has to Paulo Dybala. With the form he is in, he can decide a match’s outcome all on his own.
Dybala isn’t the only attacking midfielder on good form. Josip Ilicic has been the fan favorite of Atlanta this season. He is an attacking midfielder who gets the goals for the team and also provides a fair amount of assists. He has 7 goals and 7 assists in all competitions for Atalanta this season and will look to add to his stellar tally against one of the top sides in European football
Juventus have key players missing this part of the season. Juan Cuadrado is expected to be back in mid-April, and Federico Bernardeschi is out with knee injury. The midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic and influential center-back Medhi Benatia are out of this tie with yellow card suspension.
For Atalanta, recent news confirms that center-back Mattia Caldara has a back problem and is doubtful for the match against Juventus. All other players are fit for Atalanta.
The head-to-head statistics clearly favor the Old Lady as the Bianconeri are unbeaten against Atalanta in their last 26 Serie A meetings. At the Allianz stadium, Atalanta’s last win against Juventus came back in October 1989.
Juventus vs Atalanta Lineups (Predicted XI)
Juventus Lineup (4-3-3)
De Scigilio, Rugani, Chiellini, Asamoah
Marchisio, Khedira, Matuidi
Atalanta Lineup (3-4-2-1)
Toloi, Palomino, Mancini
Castagne, Hass, Freuler, Spinazzola
De Roon, Ilicic
Juventus vs Atalanta Predictions
Juventus and Atalanta both are in a good run of form and both need the three points for their respective season objectives. The Bianconeri are not to be taken lightly. They have the third-best record in Europe’s top league only below par from Barcelona and Manchester City. The quality and experience in the Juventus squad should be enough to secure a win over Atalanta at home.
We predict a 1-0 win for Juventus and as usual a clean sheet for age-less legend Gianluigi Buffon.