Atalanta are currently flying high in Serie A, but can they turn that impressive form into Coppa Italia success? They’ve been handed the toughest possible draw in the last 16, as they make the trip to the defending champions, and league leaders, Juventus. Can la Dea cause a massive shock by winning at Juventus Stadium?
Not only are Juve the Italian champions, but they’re also the Coppa Italia holders. However, their relentless push for silverware hit a bump in the road late last year. A penalty shoot-out defeat to AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana in December saw them miss out on lifting that trophy. Will their defeat in Doha spur them on to record back to back league and cup doubles?
Unsurprisingly, Juventus are heavy favourites to make it through to the next round. They’re priced at 4/11 to win this one within 90 minutes. Although, they are up against a potential dark horse for the cup this week. Atalanta aren’t just in the race for a Europa League spot, they’re just three points off the Champions League places. They’ve already strung together a seven game winning run once this season, and they have the talent to do so again.
La Dea have lost just twice in their last 15 games, with one of those losses coming at the Juventus Stadium. They made that trip with a lot of confidence, and they should do the same for this cup clash. If they could avoid conceding twice in the opening 20 minutes this time around, they might have a chance. So far this season they’ve won 50% of their away league games, scoring 1.5 times per outing. They’ve found the net in 70% of matches on the road, including five of their last six. After hitting four goals at Chievo on Sunday, they should have chances here.
Juventus have seen both teams score in 60% of their home matches this term. They also have quite a few players set to miss out at the back, which should give the visitors hope. We can’t see Atalanta managing a clean sheet here, given Juventus have won 26 straight home matches in Serie A, averaging 2.7 goals per game across their last 10 at this ground.
That has us backing both teams to score here, since it’s very well priced at evens with bet365. That seems like great value, given that Juve concede in the majority of games at home, with Atalanta in scoring form. Given the champions’ home record, Juventus and both teams to score also looks well priced at 11/5 with bet365. That’s an outcome we’ve backed in our correct score tip. A 2-1 home win at 15/2 is our pick on that market.
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