Juventus vs Atalanta Predictions

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Juventus to Win

11/10odds when tipped
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Juventus 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Juventus have already played 6 of the top 7 in Serie A, and only lost once, drawing with Inter and AC Milan, and beating Lazio, Fiorentina, and Roma.
  • Juventus triumphed 2-1 over Atalanta when the teams met in last season’s Coppa Italia final in May.
  • Atalanta played 24 hours later than Juve in the Champions League this week, throwing away a lead for the third time in 4 games in that competition.

Juventus Still Relish the Big Occasions

The most eye-catching fixture in Italian football this weekend comes from Turin, where Max Allegri’s Juventus, who took a 4-0 battering from Chelsea on Tuesday, host the ever-enthralling Atalanta, who twice led before requiring a late equaliser in their mental 3-3 draw at Young Boys on Wednesday night.

Neither will have enjoyed their midweek European excursions too much, but both will be desperate to put things right in a clash which could go a long way to deciding the fate of Italy’s Champions League places; Juve sit 4 points behind Atalanta, who are currently 4th.

The Old Lady’s struggles have been well-documented this season, but they have still shown a knack for earning results on important occasions in Serie A; they’ve already played 6 of the 7 teams above them in the table (Atalanta being the exception) but have only lost 1 of those games, a 2-1 defeat at Napoli back on matchday 3. Draws with Inter and AC Milan, as well as last week’s efficient 2-0 triumph over Lazio, are evidence of Allegri’s tactical nous in the biggest games.

Juventus to Close the Gap?

Atalanta are always worth watching, and their record of 27 goals scored and 17 conceded in just 13 league matches demonstrates Gian Piero Gasperini’s continued commitment to entertaining football. The Bergamo club were edged out by Juventus in last season’s Coppa Italia final, and a similar outcome might well be on the cards here, given the reckless abandon with which Gasperini’s side take the game to even the strongest of opponents.

It’s exceedingly rare to see Juventus at odds-against for a home Serie A fixture, and even with their lowly league position, such an opportunity shouldn’t be passed up, given how much they enjoy the big occasions. One also shouldn’t underestimate the influence of the hosts’ extra day of preparation, after both teams travelled across Europe in midweek.

With all of this in mind, I’m tipping the Old Lady to edge closer to the Champions League places with a crucial win, as they look to overcome their stuttering start to the season. Atalanta generally find the net, however, so 2–1 looks a decent correct score prediction.

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