Friday night’s meeting between Atalanta and Juventus in Serie A is more than just another potential step on road to the title for the visitors. Atalanta come into this game sitting 5th in Serie A, which is good enough to qualify for the Europa League. A win in this match will cement their position in the league table and open the small possibility of catching Napoli in third place.
As for Juventus, they are currently clear at the top of Serie A by 8 points from second place Roma. With four Serie A matches left following this game, including a trip to the Eternal City to play Francesco Totti and co, Max Allegri will want Juventus to maintain their advantage at the top of the league.
Atlanta vs. Juventus
Serie A – Friday 28th April 2017
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Gianpiero Gasperini’s team come into this match in great form. They are undefeated in their last 5 Serie A matches, including an impressive 5-0 at Genoa and a good 1-1 draw against second place Roma in the Stadio Olimipco.
A look further back at Atalanta’s results show they are team who have enjoyed a tremendous 2017 in Serie A. Since the turn of the year, Atalanta have lost only 2 league games from 15 played, with those defeats coming at Lazio and Inter Milan.
At the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia they are undefeated in their last 8 Serie A games, including an exciting 3-2 win over Bologna last weekend, thanks to a winning goal from Juventus owned Mattia Caldara.
Atalanta may be in good form but so are Juventus and that’s what makes this game exciting. Max Allegri’s team have lost only once in their last 21 games in all competitions and are undefeated in their last 14 in Serie A. It’s a run which stretches back to a 2-1 defeat at Fiorentina, which happened in the middle of January.
Atalanta will be looking closely at Juventus’ away form this season and will be happy to see the Bianconeri have dropped points on the road in Serie A this season. Juventus have lost at Inter Milan, AC Milan, Genoa and Fiorentina plus were held by Udinese and Napoli. This shows it is possible to take points away from Juventus, especially when they are playing away.
Atalanta will be hoping key midfielder Franck Kessie is available following an ankle injury and have doubts over Alejandro Gomez and Stefano Mazzini.
Juventus have Miralem Pjanic back from suspension and with Sami Khedira suspended for the Champions League semi-final against Monaco on Wednesday night, the German is sure to start this match.
Allegri is not one to significantly rotate his team and with plenty of rest time between this match and the Champions League, he should go close to full strength.
Top Betting Tips
Juventus have defeated Atalanta in each of their last 14 games but records are there to be broken. Atalanta have the attacking power to score against anyone, having scored 13 goals in their last 5 Serie A games and have the potential to break through a tough Juventus defence.
Juventus have conceded in two of their previous four away Serie A games, both of which have ended in 1-1 draws. You can get 7/2 with Ladbrokes for the draw and both teams to score and 6/1 with BetVictor for the game to finish 1-1.
Atalanta forward, Alejandro Gomez has scored 5 goals in his last four appearances for Atalanta and if fit, will be Atalanta’s biggest threat going forward. You can get 13/2 with Ladbrokes for Gomez to open the scoring in this game.