Juventus’ unbeaten run will be put to the test by Serie A entertainers Atalanta. Alongside league leaders Milan, the Bianconeri have yet to taste defeat and remain the team to beat despite trailing Stefano Pioli’s highflyers by six points. Elsewhere, La Dea have endured a mixed start domestically but will be in contention for a European spot in May.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 16 December, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Juventus vs. Atalanta: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a draw for the champions as the 2019-20 campaign approached its conclusion.
Juventus v Atalanta Predictions and Preview
The Bianconeri are beginning to motor and confidence is high after the successful trip to Barcelona. Andrea Pirlo picked up his most significant win yet as Juventus tactician at Camp Nou and the 2006 World Cup winner’s squad will now avoid fellow heavyweights Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16.
Pirlo is satisfied with his group but could soon be reunited with a familiar face after Mino Raiola’s latest outburst. The controversial agent went public with Paul Pogba’s desire to leave Manchester United as soon as January and the Bianconeri are reportedly the frontrunners for his signature.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juventus to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||10/3||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||13/8||Offer|
The midfielder enjoyed four trophy filled years in Turin and director Fabio Paratici has repeatedly said if the player became available Juventus would try and put a package together. As it transpires, the champions are expected to offer Paulo Dybala in a straight swap and the Argentine could be open to a new challenge if it guarantees him regular minutes.
Pirlo has preferred Alvaro Morata and the striker has repaid his manager’s faith with nine goals and four assists from 13 appearances. The 28-year-old is 7/2 to open proceedings, while partner Ronaldo can be found at 11/5.
Juventus are likely to continue with the 3-5-2 that served them so well in Europe and the young tactician has a welcome selection dilemma on his hands with Arthur, Aaron Ramsey, Weston McKennie, Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot competing for roles. Federico Chiesa will occupy one flank and is 5/4 to net anytime. The hosts are 19/20 to clinch the spoils.
Atalanta operate in a similar system with Zapata, Papu Gomez and Josip Ilicic in the forward places. The burly hitman is 4/1 to break the deadlock, while the skipper is 9/2 to register last. La Dea are 14/5 to emerge triumphant and a stalemate is 13/5.
One to watch for Juventus: McKennie is quickly developing in to a fan’s favourite after getting the equaliser in the Turin Derby and his stunner against Marc-André ter Stegen. The loanee is 11/4 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Atalanta: Luis Muriel can consider himself unlucky if he misses out from the first whistle. The speedster has 22 Serie A strikes from 41 fixtures for La Dea and is 23/5 to notch last.
Long shot: Atalanta’s bench is also likely to include Ruslan Malinovskiy, Sam Lammers, Amad Diallo and potentially Aleksei Miranchuk and Mario Pasalic if they can overcome injury. La Dea have the firepower to compete with the very best and were only two away from a century of strikes in 2019-20. A 3-2 result in favour of the away dressing room is 30/1.