Juventus and Atalanta didn’t get to meet at the weekend, with their clash in Turin being snowed off. However, the pair renew rivalries in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final second leg. The champions took the lead in this tie with a 1-0 win in Bergamo last month, and now they’re looking to wrap up their place in the final when they host la Dea this week. Can Juve take another step towards a possible treble with a result in this game, or will Atalanta manage to pull off a huge surprise?
It’s hard to make a case for Atalanta, who are coming in to this game on the back of a Europa League exit. They went out to Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, so this could be a second exit in six days for la Dea, who were having an excellent season. Going four games without a win has slightly damaged things of late, and we expect them to suffer another defeat when they visit the champions.
Juve have won 84% of their league games this season, while they’ve averaged 2.83 goals per game at home in Serie A. However, their greatest success has come at the back, where they’ve really excelled of late. While they’ve been without Gigi Buffon through injury and Leonardo Bonucci who departed in the summer, they’re looking as solid as ever at the back, putting together a brilliant defensive run.
They’ve conceded in just two of their last 18 matches in all competitions, while they’ve recorded eight straight clean sheets in home domestic matches. Their win at Atalanta in the first leg is part of that long running defensive form, and we expect Juve to keep yet another clean sheet in Wednesday’s game. We’re backing a Juve win to nil, which has landed in three of their last six at home to la Dea. Having kept four straight clean sheets in the cup, a home win to nil seems like great value.
Paulo Dybala was likely to deputise for Gonzalo Higuain in Sunday’s meeting, and he should start in attack this game. The forward is slowly returning for Juve, and he’ll be called upon to replace his compatriot’s goals, with Higuain likely being held back for the clash with Tottenham at Wembley. Dybala has form against Atalanta – scoring in two of his last three meetings at home to la Dea. We expect him to get chances in a central role, and we’re backing the Argentine to score any time in this clash.
Head To Head
These two didn’t meet on Sunday, but Juve have won their last eight meetings at home to la Dea.
Juventus vs Atalanta Stats
- The majority of Atalanta’s away trips this season have seen fewer than three goals scored.
- The visitors haven’t lost by more than two goals in any game this season.
- However, la Dea have lost by two goals in three of their four away losses in Serie A.
- Juventus have scored twice in eight of their last nine at home to Atalanta.