Juventus host Atalanta at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday in a clash between two fearsome Serie A attacking forces. Both teams are prone to leaving themselves open and I am tipping over 2.5 goals at 1.78.
Juventus have an unassailable lead on top of Serie A but have lost some of their solidity.
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The Bianconeri went down 2-0 away to AS Roma in their last match to extend their run without a clean sheet to eight matches in all competitions.Massimiliano Allegri faces an uncertain future at Juventus and this could distract his players. One who will be laser focused regardless is Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks to bridge a five-goal gap to Serie A top scorer Fabio Quagliarella in two matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo is paying 2.05 for anytime goalscorer and there is value here given that he has seven goals in his last seven matches for the Bianconeri.
Juventus are paying 2.50 for the home win due to a combination of their average form and incredible record throughout the season.
Juventus vs Atalanta Head to Head
Juventus are 34-5 with 12 draws in 51 meetings against Atalanta since 1990/91.
The most recent Serie A encounter between the two was a 2-2 Boxing Day draw which saw a Duvan Zapata brace, a Berat Djimsiti own goal and a late Cristiano Ronaldo equaliser.
Atalanta were at home that day as they were for the 3-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final win which followed. The Bianconeri have the chance to claim revenge on their own turf now.
Juventus vs Atalanta Prediction
Generally, Juventus is the best team in the country, and have been for many years. They just recorded their eighth straight Scudetto, and are the favorites to repeat the feat at least till Cristiano leaves them.
After their league triumph, the team entered a period of complacency, and they are determined to put an end to it. Where better to do it than at their own home.
Atalanta may be the in-form side now, but their h2h record against the Old Lady is, for want of a better word, pathetic.
Juventus registered 24 of the last 25 h2h wins and holds a 100 % unbeaten record at home. In addition, if not for a draw ten years back, the record would have been a 100 % winning one.
Also, eight of the last thirteen matches saw Juve score two or more goals against them, and at this venue, the team repeated the feat in 14 of the last 17.