Juventus vs. Atalanta Bergamo / Coppa Italia – This week on the program we have the matches in the round of sixteen of the Italian Cup, and one of the most interesting is played between the current champion and currently the leading team of Serie A, Juventus and Atalanta Bergamo, which this season also provides very good performances in the championship and after 19 rounds occupies an excellent sixth place in the table. Otherwise, these two teams have a little more than a month ago met in Turin and then the “Old Lady” without any difficulty celebrated with 3-1 in the championship, which was also their 13th consecutive victory in duels with Atalanta. Begins: 11.01.2017. – 20:45 CET
Consequently, it is logical that the team of Juventus now expects a new triumph over the guests from Bergamo, and therefore a placement in the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup, where they are also defending the championship title from last season. Otherwise, the current Italian champions have lost one trophy at the end of last year, because they were in the Italian Super Cup defeated after a penalty from Milan in Qatar in Doha, while on the other side they are still on track to reach their sixth consecutive title in the championship, considering that they now at half of the championship have four points more and one game less than second-ranked Roma.
Coach Allegri's players have confirmed this difference after last weekend, when they celebrated at home with a convincing 3-0 over Bologna, thanks to goals by Argentine's strikers Higuain and DYBA. Apart from them, playmaker Pjanic also recorded another good performance, just like the rest of the midfield, so all them will now in the Cup probably get a chance to relax, while Allegri has no space for experiments in defence, because Alves Bonucci and Alex Sandro are still out of action due to injuries. It should also be added that defender Benatia and midfielder Lemina traveled to the African Cup of Nations in the meantime.
Probable lineups Juventus: Neto – Barzagli, Rugani, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Rincon, Hernanes, Asamoah – Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Pjaca
We have already in the introduction said for the guests from Bergamo that they are playing very good in Serie A this season, so that they are after 19 rounds on the brilliant sixth place in the standings, with only three points behind the third Napoli. But they have after this recent defeat by Juventus ended the great series of nine wins and one draw, and immediately in the next round of Serie A totally unexpectedly lost at home to Udinese, while they in the last three rounds managed to recover and achieve goalless draw in the difficult away game against Milan and then also a victory at home against Empoli and against Chievo away.
Of course this will now again raise their confidence before another difficult hosting against Juventus, with the proviso that their coach Gasperini will probably make a lot of changes in the starting lineup, given that many of his key players spend a lot of energy in the championship and will now at least the Cup get a chance to rest. As for the forced absence due to injuries, those are only defender Drama and midfielder Cabezas, while midfielder Kessie is at the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Sportiello – Toloi, Caldara, Zukanovic – Konko, Gagliardini, Migliaccio, Raimondi – D'Alessandro – Paloschi, Pesic
Juventus vs. Atalanta Bergamo PICK
Even though both teams will now in the Cup probably perform in combined lineups, but even in such circumstances, the host coach Allegri has a lot of quality players available, so is quite realistic to expect that the “Old Lady” will on Wednesday night come to their 14th consecutive victory over Atalanta.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1 Juventus
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)