Atalanta travel to Turin on Sunday to face the defending champions Juventus for Round 26 of Serie A. Juventus Stadium will host the match, and the kick-off is set for 05:00 pm GMT.
The 33-times league champions have lived up to their name, winning all of their last nine games in a row in Serie A this season. They are unbeaten in 18 games (W15 D3) across all competition. Despite these exemplary results, they are still second in the league table; Napoli have maintained the one-point lead at the top with a series of wins in their recent games.
Atalanta are eighth in the league table, with 38 points from 25 games. They have had an average season so far, but the Bergamo-based side have amazed the traveling fans with their spectacular performances on the road as they are unbeaten in their last six Serie A away games.
Despite a plethora of injuries, Allegri’s men have managed seven consecutive clean sheets in the league. They are coming off a 1-0 win over Torino in their last league game, thanks to an early strike from the left-back Alex Sandro.
Gasperini’s men shared a point with Fiorentina in their last league fixture. Andrea Petagna canceled Milan Badelj’s 16th-minute strike late in the first period, as the Nerazzurri stretched their unbeaten league run to four games.
Players To Watch
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Argentine young talent Paulo Dybala is our player to watch pick for the Bianconeri. Dybala made his long-anticipated return to action against Torino last weekend. The 24-year-old will be keen on getting his name on the scoresheet when these sides meet on Sunday.
Josip Ilicic (Atalanta)
Ilicic has three goals to his name in his last six visits to Allianz Stadium in Serie A. After failing to score in his previous seven league games, the Slovenian will be hoping to score goals and earn some points for his side against the Old Lady.
Head To Head
The reverse fixture of this league tie ended in a 2-2 draw when these sides met in Bergamo back in October 2017. Atalanta came from back to earn a point against the defending champions.
These sides are set to meet again; three days after this league fixture for the second leg of Coppa Italia Semi-final. The side from Turin took the advantage in the first leg after the Nerazzurri failed to reply to Higuain’s third-minute strike.
Atalanta haven’t won a single one of their last 26 league meetings with the Bianconeri and will be hoping to put an end to that unwanted record.
Massimiliano Allegri had only let out a sigh of relief with the return of Dybala. Higuain and Bernadeschi limped off during the 1-0 win over Torino. Neither is expected to feature on Sunday.
Juan Cuadrado and Mattia De Sciglio are also out injured and won’t be available for selection.
Gian Piero Gasperini will be without midfielder Luca Rizzo, who is out with a kneecap injury. The Italian is the only player missing this match through injury for Atalanta.
Juventus vs Atalanta Line Up (Predicted XI)
Juventus Line Up (4-3-3)
Sandro (LB), Chiellini (LCB), Benatia (RCB), Lichtsteiner (RB)
Matuidi (LCM), Pjanic (CDM), Khedira (RCM)
Atalanta Line Up (3-4-2-1)
Toloi (RCB), Caldara (CB), Masiello (LCB)
Hateboer (RWB), Freuler (RCM), Cristante (LCM), Spinazzola (LWB)
Ilicic (CAM), Gomez (CAM)
Juventus vs Atalanta Prediction
Sunday’s showdown at Juventus Stadium is expected to be an intense affair, with both the teams fighting for all three points.
The Bianconeri have some quality players, who have got the potential to change the game from any point, while the visitors boast a decent defense and look dangerous from set pieces.
Juventus are the favorites to win this match, and we are rooting for a close 1-0 win for the Bianconeri.