Atalanta have been a revelation in Serie A this season but they could be heading for a rare defeat when they host league leaders Juventus.
The Bergamo side are well placed to qualify for European football next season as they sit in fifth spot, ahead of both Milan sides, with five games remaining.
However, Juve still have a bit of work to do to claim the Scudetto and they will be eager to get over the line as quickly as possible so they can focus solely on their Champions League campaign.
Coach Max Allegri should name his strongest starting XI for this Serie A clash despite the fact they face a trip to Monaco in the first leg of their European semi-final next week. Juve play on Wednesday at the Stade Louis II so the players have plenty of time to recover ahead of that huge fixture, and as such I’m not expecting Allegri to rotate his squad.
Atalanta have won six of their last eight home games since a surprise loss to Udinese but against Juve they have struggled this season, losing twice in Turin in Serie A and the Coppa Italia. Indeed, the champions have won all of the last 13 meetings between the two and they can make it 14 successive wins when they head to the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Juve are 20/21 to win the match and that has some value in it considering they’ve only lost once in their last 21 fixtures in all competitions, racking up 17 wins along the way. However, we can do a bit better today and the 3/1 on an away win with both teams to score is my top bet for this clash. Atalanta scored against Juve in both games in Turin and they’ve only failed to find the back of the net once in their last 17 fixtures.
With Alejandro Gomez in attack and midfielders like Andrea Conti adding goals the hosts always carry a threat going forward, but ultimately Juventus should prove too strong as they bid to wrap up the Scudetto.