Juventus vs Atalanta match previews
After suffering a 4-2 defeat at the hands of AC-Millan on Tuesday night, Juventus will be welcoming on form Atalanta BC to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
The Old Lady will be desperate to return to winning ways in Serie A when they welcome Atalanta who made it nine Serie A victories in a row with a 2-0 success over Sampdoria 24 hours later.
Despite the Turin’s dream to bounce to the winning ways, the Banshees have not lost in the league since January 20, while they are comfortably the leading goalscorers in Serie A this term with 85, which is 20 more than Juve.
The Italian giants have remained unbeaten at home winning 14 of their 15 home matches but Two of the team’s next three games are against Atalanta and Lazio and a defeat in both matches would certainly open the door and make for a potentially fascinating conclusion to the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.
Atalanta is flying at the moment, winning each of their last 11 matches in all competitions, including their last nine in Serie A.
Juve has a better hand but they will enter this weekend’s clash off the back of a 4-2 defeat at AC Milan on Tuesday night with a boost from the return of the two key players Paulo Dybala and Matthijs de Ligt who missed against Milan through suspension, but the pair will be available to return to the starting XI this weekend.
Juve will miss the services of Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Merih Demiral who remains on the sidelines through injury with Alex Sandro returned from a knee problem off the bench against Milan and could now start.
Dybala, De Ligt and Sandro should all return, but it is otherwise expected to be the side that started at San Siro.
Atalanta will be lining up with boosts from central defender Jose Luis Palomino is back from suspension after missing out against Sampdoria, Jospi Illicic made his return from an ankle injury against Sampdoria and should start again here, while Marten de Roon is likely to return in the middle of the park.
Gasperini has a full squad to choose from for this match with the fact that Luis Muriel, who has scored 17 league goals this season, started on the bench on Wednesday suggests that he will get the nod over Duvan Zapata at center-forward for this game.
Team possible line ups will be as follows:
Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Bentancur; Ronaldo, Dybala, Bernardeschi
Atalanta possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Palomino, Caldara, Toloi; Gosens, Freuler, De Roon, Hateboer; Gomez, Muriel, Ilicic