Serie A leaders, Juventus will look to get back to winning ways after the damaging loss to Milan last time, but Atalanta who are harbouring European ambitions of their own will be no pushovers.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Saturday July, 11th
Kick-off: 20: 45
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Juve looked home and dry when Adrien Rabiot and Cristiano Ronaldo put them into a 2-0 lead early in the second period of their game with AC Milan last time out, but their hosts had other plans, scoring four times in the final 30 minutes to deny them a huge three points which could have seen them open up a ten-point lead at the top of the standings.
While it was just their fourth defeat of the season, The Old Lady are a different animal when playing at home. They have only dropped points at this ground when they drew Sassuolo, winning 14 of their 15 home Serie A matches thus far.
Atalanta who lie nine points adrift of their opposition have a chance to throw open the title race yet with a big win. They travel to Turin on an 11-match winning run in all competitions, including their last nine in Italy’s top flight.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s team have not actually lost a league game since January 20, while they are comfortably the leading goalscorers in the topflight this term with 85, which is 20 more than Juve in the same amount of matches.
Will they rally round to claim their pound of flesh, having fell 3-1 to their hosts in this game’s corresponding fixture?
Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Merih Demiral are the only absentees for Juve.
Gasperini have the luxury of a fully fit and available squad to choose for this game.
Head to Head
In 53 competitive meetings between the two sides, Juve have a clear upper hand with 35 victories to Atalanta’s five. 13 meetings had been drawn.
Juventus last five competitive games: WWWWL
Atalanta last five competitive games: WWWWW
Juventus are unbeaten in 30 Serie A
games against Atalanta, a run which includes 24 wins and six draws. With Atalanta’s last win coming in 2001, this is an uphill task for them on paper, but it will be difficult to back this Atalanta side that have impressed all and sundry thus far.
This is easily the most exciting game of the weekend in the Serie A, but we cannot find enough reason to split them on the betting angle, so a draw at full-time could be the way to go on this front, and it is prized 13/5 for odds.