Tip Atalanta - Juventus
A serious top four battle is among the highlights on Match Day 31 in the Serie A as Atalanta, the best scoring side, hosts Juventus, the best defensive side. Only one point separates the two sides, Atalanta in fourth place with 61 points and Juventus third with 62 points. This match is a dress rehearsal for the Coppa Italia final which comes in May and both matches mean a lot to the two sides. The focus now is on three points and getting an edge in the top four race and Atalanta will be hoping to carry their scoring form while improving their defence. They’ve scored 11 goals in the last four league matches but have conceded six in their last five, keeping just one clean sheet. The hosts are coming from a 3-2 win over Fiorentina, which should have been more comfortable, as they led 2-0 going to half time. At home, Atalanta have four straight wins in the league and are unbeaten in five. They’ve scored three goals or more in their last five home league matches and this trend should continue with their main men available. Luis Muriel and Daniel Zapata have 18 and 13 goals each. Zapata scored a brace in the win over Fiorentina and with a tally of seven goals in eight games against Juventus, he will be looking forward to another good day out in Bergamo.
Juventus’ have been laboring through their wins lately. It hasn’t been as fluid as in the earlier seasons and perhaps that’s why they find themselves in unusual territory, with their nine-year reign set to come to an end. They are 12 points below leaders Inter with eight matches to go and while they are the best defensive side, they are losing that solidity, heading here without a clean sheet in the last seven matches. They’ve however scored two or more goals in four of the last five league matches and failed to score completely in one. Four of their last five league matches have produced over 2.5 goals while they’ve managed just two wins in their last five away league matches but have no clean sheet in the last four. Like in many of their games, Juventus will rely heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo here. He is the league’s lead goal scorer and has excelled away from home lately, with five goals in the last three away league matches. Four of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended in draws.
Key points Atalanta - Juventus
Atalanta have scored the most goals in Serie A – 71
Juventus have conceded the joint least goals in Serie A – 27
Three of the last four meetings between these two have ended in draws.
Juventus have scored two or more in their last four Serie A matches.
Atalanta have scored three or more in the last five Serie A matches at home.
Conclusion Atalanta - Juventus
A lot is at stake here and thus we expect a tactical game between these two sides battling for top four places. Both sides have real quality attacks, but the same can’t be said of their defending lately. While Juventus have the joint best defence in the league, this hasn’t been manifested in the last six league games. It is the same with Atalanta, and just like in four of their last five league meetings, we feel these two will play out a scoring draw.
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Atalanta Juventus Prediction published on April 16, 2021