Juventus welcome Atalanta to the Allianz Stadium, on Sunday 19th of May, kicking off at 3:00pm local time in Italy. The hosts will play the last game of the season in front of their fans, and they’ll want to finish it off in style, whereas the guests have a once-improbable Champions League place to play for.
Here, I’ll give you some insight to both team’s camps before heading into the match, including form, key players, head to head records, and give you my expert opinion and predictions by using odds from websites that are highly regarded by Solicitors.guru – well known UK betting and online casino experts.
Juventus: Team News, Form
Juventus were crowned Italian champions – their 8th consecutive Scudetto – on Easter weekend back in April, and effectively their season was over from them. Prior to that win, they were beaten by Ajax in the Champions League ending their European run, and were eliminated by this weekend’s opponents Atalanta in the Italian Cup back in January. Since their title was officially confirmed, it’s fair to say that they have taken their foot off the pedal with them drawing their next two matches in Serie A. One person who didn’t get the memo was Cristiano Ronaldo, who saved them from defeat in those two matches, as he aims to become the league’s top goal scorer but he is currently behind veteran Fabio Quagilarella by four goals. Manager Massimiliano Allegri will be pleased with his team’s continued dominance in Serie A, but ultimately he is judged now on his ability to reach the latter stages of the Champions League, and on that front, did fail again.
Juventus are unbeaten at home all season in Serie A, with only Manchester United and Ajax winning during the Champions League. Can Juventus win their final home game of the season?
Atalanta: Team News, Form
Italian Cup finalists Atalanta have had a storming run in the second half of the season, as they look to surge past the likes of Roma, AC Milan and Lazio to finish in that illusive 4th placed position. Back to back defeats in February to AC Milan and Torino put them miles behind the chasing pack, but haven’t lost a game since. Their recent run has seen them win at runners-up Napoli, Lazio, and also hold 3rd place Inter Milan to a draw. Their highlight of the season was winning 3-0 against Juventus in the Italian Cup, and it seems they have gone from strength to strength since then.
Atalanta’s away record is the best in the division with the exception of Juventus, and they have a forward at their disposal who can cause havoc to any defence. Colombian international Duvan Zapata has scored 22 goals this season, even amassing more than upcoming opponent Cristiano Ronaldo.
Head to Head
This will be the 3rdand final meeting between the two sides this season, with Juventus yet to get a win against Atalanta. Both games were played at Atalanta’s Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, with Juventus drawing the league game 2-2 on Boxing Day, and then losing 3-0 in the Italian Cup just one month after. Before this season, Juventus were utterly dominant in this fixture, winning 22 out of the previous 28 matches, and not losing a single one – a record that stretched back to 2001.
My Predictions and Betting Tips
Juventus are at 4/11 to get the victory, with Atalanta at 9/1. For the sides to share the spoils, that is priced at 10/3. Atalanta are a team in form, with a real desire to get in the Champions League places for next season, so backing them at 9/1 does appear to be good value. However, Juventus at home is a formidable task for anyone, and they’ll want to get revenge on Atalanta for the cup defeat, so I’d back them to win 2-1 at 15/2. Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure against Roma in their recent defeat, but he doesn’t usually go a couple of games without scoring, so I would tip him to score first (3/1), or even to score a brace at 7/2. For the visitors, Duvan Zapata is at generous odds at 11/5 to score at any time during the match. Finally, the game may be cautious and cagey to begin with, so a Draw/Juventus as a HT/FT bet at 4/1 seems more than reasonable to me.