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
Raimondi, Ferri, Manfredini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarini, Padoin, Bonaventura
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.
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- 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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Top 3 Predictions
Atalanta 0-2 Juventus
- 19.6 %
Atalanta 1-2 Juventus
- 15.13 %
Atalanta 0-3 Juventus
- 13.95 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 22, 2013||Atalanta 1 - Juventus 4|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 8, 2013||Atalanta 0 - Juventus 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 16, 2012||Juventus 3 - Atalanta 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 13, 2012||Juventus 3 - Atalanta 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 21, 2012||Atalanta 0 - Juventus 2|
|Apr 12, 2014||Roma 3 - Atalanta 1||ITA1|
|Apr 6, 2014||Atalanta 0 - Sassuolo 2||ITA1|
|Mar 29, 2014||Bologna 0 - Atalanta 2||ITA1|
|Mar 26, 2014||Atalanta 2 - Livorno 0||ITA1|
|Mar 23, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Atalanta 2||ITA1|
|-||Adriano Ferreira Pinto||Midfielder|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
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.
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.
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.