Showstopper of a Saturday with the best teams in Italy going head to head as Juventus take on Atalanta at the Allianz Stadium. We preview this contest that could extend The Old Lady’s lead in the league.
Who is playing?
Juventus vs Atalanta
What competition is it?
Serie A Matchweek 32
What time is Juventus vs Atalanta?
20:45 BST Saturday 11th July 2020.
Where do Juventus play?
Allianz Stadium, Turin.
Where can I watch Juventus vs Atalanta?
Thoughts on Juventus vs Atalanta
Just three weeks ago when we previewed the resumption, we were strapping in for what looked to be a riveting race both for the title and for top four. Juventus sat just one point ahead in pole position, and Atalanta were sitting fourth, wary of Roma below them just three points behind.
Fast forward and the landscape in Serie A has considerably changed and is emblematic of the cyclical nature of football and the significance factors like rhythm and form can have in the sport and just how severe the way it can derail a team’s season. The Old Lady have extended their lead at summit to seven points, and Atalanta, who were once six points behind Inter Milan, now sit just two points behind 2nd place and former title challengers, Lazio.
It prompts us for a salivating tie between two of the best teams in Italy, a fixture that might surmise the season. In the reverse fixture Juventus won 3-1 at Gewiss Stadium, and should Juve win on Saturday it’ll be pretty much game over for Lazio and their pursuit of their first Serie A trophy since the turn of the century. Should Atalanta win, who knows? It could be the catalyst in a downward spiral of form for Sarri’s men, especially having lost to Ibrahimovic’s Milan, and could be a huge helping hand for Lazio and could prolong this race just that little longer.
As we enter the last stretch, Juventus are winning the race to become the first team in history to win nine consecutive titles in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Maurizio Sarri, who last year experienced silverware for the first time in his career following his 4-1 win with Chelsea against Arsenal in the Europa League final, has the chance to double his trophy cabinet in his debut season with the Bianconeri. Juve have won 77% of their Serie A games this season, the best percentage in the division, and have conceded just 30 goals, making them the best defence in the league conceding three fewer than defensively renowned Antonio Conte and his Inter Milan side.
Though we should hand them enormous credit for their consistency this season, the ultimate factor which separated them and the Eagles, with Lazio losing three of their five since the restart, the pressure will wholly be placed upon Juventus this Saturday, and rightly so. Ibrahimovic and AC Milan dismantled Juve, who themselves are in a great vain of form, so the Old Lady need to redeem themselves with there being no excuses conceding four goals to a team that has only averaged 1.39 goals a game this season.
Especially worrying considering they now travel to one of the most on-fire teams and that means Saturday will be a test of their character and will prove whether they are deserving Champions, for if they can fend off a furiously frantic and fluid Atalanta in their pomp, then they should raise their crown high in to the sky as champions of one of the closest and most exciting title races the league has experienced for a couple of years.
A force to be reckoned with…
Since the appointment of Gian Piero Gasperini as manager in 2016, Atalanta have rocketed into ascendancy as Europe’s most flavourful and underrated club. His implementation of a high-risk hyper offensive style has culminated in the transformation of a middling team in mid-table mediocrity, to one of the most exciting teams on the continent.
And the 2019/20 season is no better demonstration of such, with the common theme for this season being that Atalanta are not afraid of dancing with the big boys. The Nerazzurri have been phenomenally ferocious in front goal this season; thirty-one games played so far in Serie A and they lead the league as top goalscorers with 85, eighteen in front of next best Lazio, and is a feat only bested amongst Europe’s top five leagues by Manchester City on 86 (34 games played), and Bayern Munich on 100 (34 games played).
But arguably more impressive, and further evidence of their prolific potency, is their xG for (expected goals) of 2.55 across the entire season in Serie A. That may not seem so impressive but if I tell you that none of Europe’s elite better that number, what does that tell you? Liverpool, City, Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and Dortmund and PSG boast an xG in their respective leagues, lower than Atalanta’s.
Having won every game since the resumption, the Orobici are in esteemed company alongside Real Madrid as the most in-form team in Europe, winning all six of their Serie A matches since the restart, and should they on Saturday place a spanner in the works of Juve’s eventual celebrations of what will be (should they win the title) their 36th Scudetto, it will epitomise the rise to prominence of this incredible Atalanta outfit.
Juventus recent matches:
- Milan (a) 4-2 defeat
- Torino (h) 4-1 win
- Genoa (a) 1-3 win
- Lecce (h) 4-0 win
- Bologna (a) 0-2 win
Atalanta recent matches:
- Sampdoria (h) 2-0 win
- Cagliari (a) 0-1 win
- Napoli (h) 2-0 win
- Udinese (a) 2-3 win
- Lazio (h) 3-2 win
Juventus top contributors:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Forward): 31 Serie A goal involvements: 26 goals + 5 assists – He just does not slow down; picking up exactly where he left off, scoring in every appearance since the resumption, in fact in 2020 alone, the 5 time Ballon D’Or winner has 21 goal involvements.
- Paulo Dybala (Forward): 16 Serie A goal involvements: 11 goals + 5 assists – the little Argentine who looked Tottenham bound at the beginning of the season, has been on fire since the restart, scoring in all of his Serie A appearances.
Atalanta top contributors:
- Alejandro Gómez (Midfielder) 21 goal involvements: 6 goals + 15 assists – 4 assists in six Serie A appearances for the skipper since the resumption.
- Josip Ilicic (Forward): 20 Serie A goal involvements: 15 goals + 5 assists – The Slovenian in what had been a sensational campaign pre-lockdown could not muster a full 90 minutes yet since the league’s restart.
|23rd November 2019||ATA 1-3 JUV||Serie A|
|19th May 2019||JUV 1-1 ATA||Serie A|
|30th January 2019||ATA 3-0 JUV||Coppa Italia|
|26th December 2018||ATA 2-2 JUV||Serie A|
|14th March 2018||JUV 2-0 ATA||Serie A|
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