Atalanta reacted well after their defeat in front of home crowd against Napoli, as the side visited Sassuolo and took quite impressive 3:0 victory on the road last Saturday afternoon. They are now just three points behind Europa League placed Sampdoria, surely wanting to keep the pace as long as possible.
Team from Bergamo probably deserved even bigger margin lead in the first halftime, but still took it via Massielo in 30th minute, while they continued dominating the second halftime as well. The side completely deserved the victory which could be even with a bigger margin, as they netted two more in 83rd via Cristante and three minutes later via Freuler.
Atalanta should continue in 3-4-2-1 formation with Petagna as central striker, plus Ilicic and Gomez as offensive midfielders. Etrit Berisha and Mattia Caldara are expected to be back in the team after being rested last weekend, while only doubtful concenrs remains midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola (13/0).
Juventus didn’t have that difficult game against Chievo last time out previous Saturday evening, but were helped a bit from the referees to take a three pointer in a 2:0 victory. Hosts stood playing with a man less in 37th minute when midfielder Bastien was shown a red card and were looking weaker and weaker since then.
Of course that the visitors from Torino looked better even when they had the same number of players, however they needed two men advantage in order to take the lead, as defender Cacciatore was sent as well, with the visiting side taking the lead few minutes later, in 67th minute with a goal from Khedira, while Higuain doubled it up in 88th minute.
This way Juventus recorded eight consecutive victory in Italian competitions (six in league and two in Cup), being also undefeated in last thirteen games. They continue their title race together with Napoli, being just a point behind current leaders.
Visitors are set to play in 4-3-3 formation, most likely with Mandzukic, Higuain and Bernardeschi as forwards. Central back Benedikt Howedes (1/0) is injured, same as offensive midfielders Juan Cuadrado (14/3) and Paulo Dybala (19/14).
~ Last four mutual matches of these two ended with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Hosts should come up more attacking here than what the odds suggest, knowing that they can’t rely on the second leg game played away from their own fans. Juventus will probably rotate a bit more, however I believe they surely do have the quality not only to match the opponent, but also to be closer to the victory overall.