Juventus vs. Atalanta Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Juventus welcome Atalanta to Turin on Saturday in an attempt to get a third consecutive win in Serie A. The Bianconeri can’t afford any slip ups after losing four out of their first 11 games this term, while the visitors are having a solid campaign and are on track for another top four finish. 

Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 27 November, kick-off 17:00

Where you can see Juventus vs. Atalanta: BT Sport

Last time: The last meeting between these teams was a friendly that saw Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi and Alvaro Morata all finding the back of the net as Juventus won 3-1. Luis Muriel was also on target in Turin in what was Atalanta’s last pre-season game before the start of the campaign.

Juventus v Atalanta Predictions and Preview

Juventus returned from the international break in solid, but unspectacular fashion as Max Allegri’s men converted two penalties for a 2-0 win away to Lazio. Leonardo Bonucci converted both spot kicks and made a case for himself to not only be a penalty taker at Juve, but also for Italy.

More importantly, Bonucci’s goals meant three precious points for Juventus, as both Serie A leaders Napoli and AC Milan lost their games. Despite this, Juvetnus are still 11 points behind the Partenopei and are currently eighth in the table with 21 points.

The Bianconeri bounced back after losing two consecutive games against Sassuolo and Verona at the end of October and have now won three in a row, including a 4-2 victory over Zenit in the Champions League. Allegri’s men travel to London on Tuesday for their visit to Chelsea and while facing the defending champions is always an important game, Juve have already qualified for the knockout phase and will be more focused on Serie A.

At home Juventus have five wins, one draw and two defeats and the only loss in their five games in Turin was a 2-1 defeat against Sassuolo at the end of October. While La Vecchia Signora have improved since then, Allegri has some injury concerns for the Atalanta game.

Danilo was stretched off against Lazio and will be out for at at least two months, while Aaron Ramsey, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio and Federico Bernardeschi are also expected to miss out. However, captain Paulo Dybala should be available after recovering from the latest injury he suffered while on international duty and should partner with either Alvaro Morata or Moise Kean in attack.

Atalanta had an injury crisis of their own not so long ago, but Gian Piero Gasperini recovered almost all of his players as only long-term absentees Robin Gosens and Hans Hateboer are not at full fitness yet. Both should be fit for a place on the bench, with Davide Zappacosta and Joakim Maehle expected to keep their places as wing-backs.

Atalanta beat Spezia 5-2 last week, with Mario Pasalic, Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskiy all finding the back of the net. This was La Dea’s seventh victory of the season and their sixth consecutive game without a defeat. 

While Atalanta are still unbeaten on the road in Serie A and won five times away from home, La Dea have only two wins in their last 30 meetings with Juventus. However, one of those victories is from last season when Malinovskiy scored the only goal for a 1-0 win in Bergamo.

Despite their poor form this term, Juventus are 11/10 favourites to get the three points on Saturday. On paper both teams seem pretty equally matched, so at 13/5 the draw might be a good option as well, while an Atalanta win can be backed up at 12/5. They’ll have to do without injured duo Luca Fiordilino and Michael Svoboda though, who are both struggling with hernias. Inter, meanwhile, will be missing Stefan de Vrij and Alexis Sanchez, who both have hamstring problems. 

One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala should be available for the game on Saturday after recovering from his latest injury. The Argentinian opened the scoring in the last meeting between these teams and is 19/4 to do the same this weekend. 

One to watch for Atalanta: Duvan Zapata started the season slowly, but the Colombian has five goals in his last five appearances for Atalanta. The Colombian has simply been fantastic lately and at 5/1 is one of the main favourites to break the deadlock in Turin. 

Long shot: Two of the last six games between these teams ended in 3-1 victories for Juventus. The same result on Saturday is 25/1 while it rises 148/1 if you add Paulo Dybala as the first goalscorer. 

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