Juventus - Atalanta Preview: Bianconeri look to maintain Serie A lead
Antonio Conte's men have won their last four games, and can stay four points clear at the top of the table with victory against La Dea
By Renger Dotinga
Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
L'steiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Raimondi, Stendardo, Manfredini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarini, Rad'vic, Bonaventura
Juventus coach Antonio Conte will be unable to call upon the services of Arturo Vidal and Nicklas Bendtner when his side host Atalanta on Sunday.
Both the combative midfielder and the Danish striker were forced off early in the Bianconeri's midweek cup win over Cagliari. Paul Pogba is likely to replace the Chilean in the centre of the park, with Matri and Vucinic reclaiming the two forward berths.
Stefano Colantuono has few injury concerns heading into the match, but he will be without influential goalkeeper Andrea Consigli. Ciro Polito looks set to deputise for the Italian between the sticks, while Ivan Radovanovic will be hoping for a start in the absence of of Carlos Carmona.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus are on a four-game winning streak, keeping clean sheets in each of those fixtures.
- The Bianconeri currently hold a four-point lead over Inter atop the Serie A table, having lost just two of their 16 games up to this point.
- Antonio Conte's (pictured) men hold one of the best defensive records of any European side, having conceded just 10 goals up to this point - an average of just 0.63 goals per game.
- Atalanta currently sit 10th in the domestic standings, despite having been handed a two-point deduction at the beginning of the season.
- La Dea have won just two of their last six however, having succumbed to a 3-0 defeat away to Roma last time out.
- Stefano Colantuano's charges poor away record extends beyond that defeat, with the Orobici having grabbed just two wins away from the Stadio Atleti this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Atalanta
- 26.88 %
Juventus 2-0 Atalanta
- 24.83 %
Juventus 3-1 Atalanta
- 9.5 %
|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|
|Mar 2, 2014||AC Milan 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|Feb 27, 2014||Trabzonspor AŞ 0 - Juventus 2||EL|
|Feb 23, 2014||Juventus 1 - Torino 0||ITA1|
|Feb 20, 2014||Juventus 2 - Trabzonspor AŞ 0||EL|
|Feb 16, 2014||Juventus 3 - Chievo 1||ITA1|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Carlos Javier Matheu||Defender|
|-||Adriano Ferreira Pinto||Midfielder|
|91||Giuseppe De Luca||Striker|
The Frenchman will likely deputise for the sidelined Vidal, and will be eager to prove his worth to Antonio Conte. The former Manchester United midfielder has been impressive in his appearances up to this point, and a composed performance alongside the experienced Pirlo could add another dimension to Juve's attack.
The Argentine has been one of Atalanta's premier goal threats this season, with seven goals notched so far. The 31-year old will need to be in fine form if his side are to score and get a result from the Juventus Stadium.
Juventus have been imperious in recent weeks, having recovered capably from their 1-0 defeat to Milan. The Bianconeri have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four, and Atalanta will have their work cut out for them as they look to breach their hosts' backline. A routine victory for Juve seems to be on the cards.
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