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January 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia — Bergamo
Referee:‬ D. Celi‎
Attendance:‬ 21000‎
 

Serie A Preview: Atalanta - Juventus

The Bianconeri will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table when they travel to Bergamo to lock horns with Stefano Colantuono's men on Saturday

By Max De Luca

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ATALANTA


Consigli
Raimondi, Ferri, Manfredini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarini, Padoin, Bonaventura
Moralez

Denis

JUVENTUS



Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo,
Marchisio,
Pepe, Borriello, Vucinic



Atalanta boss Stefano Colantuono does not have any injuries worries ahead of the crunch clash but Stefano Lucchini and Carlos Carmona are both suspended and will miss Saturday's festivities.

Juve coach Antonio Conte will likely be without the services of Eljero Elia who sustained an ankle injury in training earlier in the week, while Fabio Quagliarella is still struggling with a cheekbone problem.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atalanta and Juventus have both played out eight draws this term, which is the most in the league.
  • The Nerazzurri have only one win in their last eight games (W1 D5 L2).
  • The Bergamo-based outfit have been outscored 4-0 in their last two contests.
  • Juventus have only picked up one win their last four away matches (W1 D3).
  • The Turin outfit have scored in all but two of their 18 Serie A encounters this season.
  • The Bianconeri have conceded just two goals in their last five games, keeping three clean sheets during that span.


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Head to Head
Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Dec 22, 2013 Atalanta 1 - Juventus 4
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ May 8, 2013 Atalanta 0 - Juventus 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Dec 16, 2012 Juventus 3 - Atalanta 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ May 13, 2012 Juventus 3 - Atalanta 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 21, 2012 Atalanta 0 - Juventus 2
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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
7Simone PepeMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
-Milos KrasicMidfielder
8Luca MarroneMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
22Marco BorrielloStriker
Players to Watch
Germán Denis
Germán Denis
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
32 11 3 0

The Argentine striker leads the team with 12 goals and is joint second in scoring in Serie A so far this season. The 30-year-old has failed to find the back of the net in the last two games, though, and will need to remedy that situation if the home side are to spring a surprise on the league leaders.

Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
26 4 4 0

The midfield metronome has kept things ticking in the middle of the park for Juve this season and has become an integral part of Antonio Conte’s squad. He will need to direct traffic in midfield as the Bianconeri look to extend their impressive unbeaten run.

Probable Lineups
Andrea Consigli 47
Thomas Manfredini 0
Federico Peluso 13
Michele Ferri 0
Ezequiel Schelotto 0
Maximiliano Moralez 11
Luca Cigarini 21
Simone Padoin 20
Cristian Raimondi 77
Giacomo Bonaventura 10
Germán Denis 19
Gianluigi Buffon 1
Giorgio Chiellini 3
Paolo De Ceglie 11
Andrea Barzagli 15
Stephan Lichtsteiner 26
Simone Pepe 7
Claudio Marchisio 8
Andrea Pirlo 21
Arturo Vidal 23
Mirko Vučinić 9
Alessandro Matri 32
Prediction

Atalanta have only lost once at home this season and will do just enough to pull off the upset and surprisingly end Juve’s 18-game unbeaten run on Saturday.

Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0