Atalanta vs JuventusSerie A, KO: 14:00 Apr 18, 2021, Gewiss Stadium
Two sides looking to maintain their push for a top four finish square off as Atalanta host Juventus in a high-profile Italian Serie A clash at Gewiss Stadium. These are two of the leading scorers in the Italian topflight and with neither team particularly convincing at the back, Sunday’s match is expected to produce goals.
Atalanta earned a 3-2 victory at Fiorentina in their previous Serie A fixture. A first half brace from Duvan Zapata gave them a two-goal lead while Josip Ilicic scored the winner midway through the second half after La Viola had drawn level.
Gianpiero Gasperini’s men are having another fine campaign which they hope will culminate in a return to the Champions League. They currently sit fourth on the table but must be weary of a fast-rising Napoli team, who are two points behind in fifth.
Atalanta appear to be ending the season on a high and head into Sunday’s clash with five wins in their last eight matches. They are once again the leading scorers in Serie A but continue to struggle defensively with just one clean sheet in their last seven matches.
Juventus were also victorious in their previous Serie A fixture as they triumphed 3-1 against Genoa. First half goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Alvaro Morata put them in control of the match before Weston McKennie added the third after the break.
There have been signs of improvement with Juventus lately with five wins from their last eight matches, including a 2-1 victory against Napoli. That run has propelled them to third on the table, although they remain 12 points behind leaders Inter Milan and are likely to settle for a top four finish this season.
Juventus continue to flex their attacking muscles and have scored two or more goals in six of their last seven matches. Their major problem is a poor defence that has kept just one clean sheet in their last eight matches.
How the bookies view it
Sunday’s match appears too close to call but the bookies are giving Atalanta the slight edge at 20/13 with SBK. A victory for Juventus is valued at 13/7 by the same firm while a draw is set at odds of 11/4 by SBK.
Both teams have been in similar form lately and are likely to cancel each other out for a draw.
Head to head
Juventus have the upper hand in this fixture with 32 wins from 47 previous matches. Atalanta have been victorious just three times while there have been 12 draws between both teams.
Recent meetings have been more evenly split with both teams claiming one win each and four draws in their last six matches. The reverse fixture at the Allianz Stadium ended 1-1.
Players to watch
Atalanta have multiple attacking threats with strikers Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel particularly impressive this season. Muriel has 18 goals and is priced at 17/10 by SBK to score anytime while William Hill has Zapata at 13/10 in the same market following his brace last time out.
Cristiano Ronaldo will carry the main threat for Juventus on Sunday as he looks to add to his 25 Serie A goals. The Portugal forward is priced at 19/17 by SBK to score anytime while Alvaro Morata is also worth keeping an eye in in the same market at 21/10 with BetVictor.
Anything else catch the eye?
With Atalanta and Juventus boasting plenty of quality in attack and often struggling in defence, a punt in the goals market could provide some reward. Over 4.5 goals is valued at 18/5 by BetVictor, over 3.5 goals is priced at 16/11 by Red Zone, who are also offering 8/13 for over 2.5 goals.
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