Atalanta Bergamo vs. Juventus / Serie A – The last match of seventh round of Italian Serie A can be also called derby as it puts together two teams that play this season in European competitions. For the time being Juventus has perfect score in the league, while Atalanta is ninth and has even 10 points fewer. Regarding their matches played last season, Juventus won at home in the league and Cup, while their league match in Bergamo ended as 2-2 draw. Begins: 01.10.2017 – 20:45 CET
In that way Atalanta had managed to end a string of even 14 defeats in a row by Juventus and they certainly hope that can pull something similar on Sunday. On top of it, after a bit weaker opening of new season, when they lost in the league to Roma and Napoli, coach Gasperini players won three and drew three matches out of six following, which propelled them in the upper half of Serie A table, or more precisely at the 10th place.
On the other hand, Atalanta plays well in its debut season in the Europa League. It was especially good in the first round when it defeated at home by even 3-0 very strong Everton. In the second round Atalanta drew difficult away match with Lyon 1-1, and is on good path to reach the knockout phase. Regarding this duel with Juventus, only from before injured stopper Toloi and midfielder Schmidt are about to skip it.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Berisha – Masiello, Caldara, Palomino – Castagne, de Roon, Freuler, Spinazzola – Ilicic, Gomez – Petagna
The guests from Turin are one of two teams with perfect score in the Serie A in first six rounds, although due to a bit weaker goal-difference they had to give up the leading position to Napoli at the moment. However, it is more important for coach Allegri that his team continues to win its opponents. Juventus, playing at home, won the last city derby with Torino by sound 4-0.
Regarding the Champions League, in which they lost last year’s final to Real Madrid, the Bianconeri had suffered a heavy defeat at Camp Nou where Barcelona won them by even 3-0, although they returned to winning habits last week as they routinely triumphed against Olympiacos at home by 2-0. Right because of that atmosphere in Juventus locker room is very good ahead of match with Atalanta, which will skip due to injuries defender de Sciglio and Howedes, midfielders Pjanic and Marchisio, and forward Pjaca.
Probable lineups Juventus: Buffon – Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Bentancur, Matuidi – Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic – Higuain
Atalanta Bergamo – Juventus PICK
After their last year’s duel in Bergamo ended as 2-2 draw, with which Atalanta finally ended 14-game losing streak in matches with Juventus, we believe that the guests from Turin should again win on Sunday, given that each lost point could cost them dearly in the race for the Scudetto this season.
Pick: Juventus wins
Odds: 1.80 at bet365 (down to 1.73 can be played)