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Serie A

  • December 16, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: D. Massa
  • • Attendance: 38625

Juventus - Atalanta Preview: Bianconeri look to maintain Serie A lead

Juventus - Atalanta Preview: Bianconeri look to maintain Serie A lead

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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



Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
L'steiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Matri, Vucinic


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.

  • 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.

Players to watch

P. Pogba

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

G. Denis

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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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