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Juventus vs Atalanta Prediction & Match Preview

 

Juventus vs Atalanta Prediction & Match Preview

Juventus vs Atalanta
Italy Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Kick-Off at 17.30 UK
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin.

Reigning champions Juventus were staring at a sixth draw of the Serie A season on Sunday but two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties spared their blushes against struggling Genoa and they certainly can’t afford any complacency against Atalanta here. 

The visitors ended a three-game winless streak in the league by recording an impressive win over Fiorentina on Sunday and Gian Piero Gasperini will be expecting his side to maintain their consistency on the domestic front now that there is a break in Champions League action. 

The last three meeting between these two sides have seen both teams score and that looks on the cards again here, while it could well be honours even come the final whistle.

Juventus vs Atalanta Head-to-head

Teams Juventus Atalanta played so far 40 matches.
Juventus won 28 direct matches. Atalanta won 4 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.13 goals per Match.

Juventus vs Atalanta Prediction

Juventus in actual season average scored 2.33 goals per match. In 9 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (66.67%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Atalanta average scored 2.18 goals per match in season 2020. In 6 (75.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (62.50%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo could grant a rare rest to versatile Brazilian Alex Sandro on Wednesday, with countryman Danilo returning to a four-man defence alongside Juan Cuadrado and Leonardo Bonucci, while veterans Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral are still sidelined.

Another Selecao star, Arthur - rested at the weekend - should return in midfield, with Dejan Kulusevski and Aaron Ramsey likely to start too, after being named among the substitutes against Genoa.

Alvaro Morata is expected to form the front pairing with Cristiano Ronaldo, while Paulo Dybala returns to the bench.

Against Fiorentina on Sunday, Atalanta's Josip Ilicic, Mario Pasalic, Mattia Caldara and Aleksei Miranchuk were all out of action, while playmaker Papu Gomez was dropped due to an ongoing dispute with boss Gian Piero Gasperini.

If fit, Gasperini is expected to bring Ilicic back in as Duvan Zapata's attacking partner in a 3-5-2, while the future of Gomez remains uncertain so Ruslan Malinovskyi can keep a spot in the first XI.

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Danilo; Kulusevski, Arthur, Rabiot, Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Romero; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Malinovskyi; Ilicic, Zapata


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