PRE MATCH: JUVENTUS VS ATALANTA.

Juventus is back in action in midweek as the host Atalanta on Tuesday evening at the Allianz Stadium.

Atalanta always gives the Old Lady problems on the pitch as the bring the kitchen sink in their style of play.

They are a high flying scoring machine. Lets see how this match might unfold, and things to look out for.


After comprehensively taking care of Catalan giants Barcelona last week - in a 3-0 win that saw them seal first place in Champions League Group G - the Old Lady's focus could turn entirely towards their hit-and-miss league form.

The 2020-21 Serie A campaign had brought both five wins and five draws for Pirlo's unbeaten side ahead of Sunday's trip to lowly Genoa, as they sat fourth in the standings.

Though it briefly looked as if the Grifone could become the latest unlikely opponent to share the spoils with last season's champions when they equalised in the second half, Juventus went on to secure all three points by virtue of two clinically dispatched Cristiano penalties.


Those strikes brought the Portuguese great's tally to 30 Serie A goals for the calendar year - despite the intervention of a pandemic-induced lockdown and his own subsequent infection - in his 100th appearance for the club.


The energizer bunny WInston Mckennie was also to the fore once again, as the USA international set up Paulo Dybala's belated first league goal of the season and had a hand in several more attempts on the Genoa goal.

There are signs that the Old Lady's rebuilding is taking shape under the tutalage of the maestro Andrea Pirlo. Whether, alongside several older, wiser heads, they can successfully defend Juve's league crown could well depend on the outcome of tricky ties such as Wednesday's.

With consecutive clashes against Juventus and Roma coming up, their apparent return to form could not have been better timed for a club that aspires to somehow repeat their significant overachievements of a tumultuous 2020 again next year.


The last time these two teams met in Turin, last July, it ended in a 2-2 draw - with another pair of Cristiano Ronaldo penalties helping Juve salvage a precious point towards what was ultimately a ninth successive Scudetto triumph.


Juventus are unbeaten in their last 23 home meetings against Atalanta in the league - La Dea's last win was back in October 1989, thanks to Argentina legend Claudio Cannigia's goal. The Bianconeri have found the net in their last 35 Serie A games against them too, with 78 goals during that period.

So as ever, the Turin giants start as favourites but few observers would back against a closely contested encounter on Wednesday night.


Final Analysis:

It looks like Juventus have over come their troubles, and are on a roll. Look for them to continue their excellent form with a resounding but hard fought victory.


Juventus 2-0 Atalanta


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