While Juve ended a five-match winless streak in midweek to keep a grip on third place, their hosts have hit form at the right time – posting three consecutive wins during the past fortnight.
After taking one point from four games previously, an ailing Juventus finally stopped the rot on Wednesday, when they edged out relegation-threatened Lecce in Turin.
Either side of their visitors’ equaliser from the penalty spot, forgotten man Leandro Paredes opened the scoring from a free-kick and Dusan Vlahovic ultimately decided matters in Juve’s favour with his 40th-minute strike.
Having also missed out on a place in the Coppa Italia final at the expense of arch-rivals Inter, the Bianconeri had endured quite a rough run domestically despite reaching the last four of this season’s Europa League, where they will face Sevilla in the semi-finals.
Before the first leg of that tie next Thursday, Max Allegri’s men must seek to build momentum in Serie A, as even aside from the possible re-imposition of a 15-point penalty, they are yet to assure Champions League football for next term.
With five games to go, Juventus have a five-point buffer to both Roma and Atalanta, but having lost four of their last six meetings with teams inside Serie A’s top seven, Allegri will be all too aware of the danger that awaits his team this weekend.
Losing six of 16 away games this season also reflects their struggles throughout a tumultuous campaign; however, they have lost just once in their last 17 league visits to Bergamo.
Atalanta’s sole success during that time came just over two years ago, but overall they are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Juventus ahead of Sunday’s early kickoff.
One more without defeat would set a new club record versus the Turin giants, and victory would even draw them within two points of their visitors with four games left to play.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have picked up the most points of any team in Serie A over the last seven matchdays and have won on each of the last three; equalling their best such run since the end of 2021.
Wednesday’s 3-2 win over struggling Spezia proved far from straightforward, though, as Atalanta had to fight back from behind and then played out the last half-hour with a slim one-goal advantage.
Davide Zappacosta was on target for a second straight game, and following wins over Roma and Juve’s city rivals Torino, the Nerazzurri have closed the gap on their fellow contenders for three Champions League spots behind new champions Napoli.
After winning half of their home games so far and losing five times in the process, La Dea’s home record is inferior to that which they have put together on the road, but momentum is certainly on their side this weekend.
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We say: Atalanta BC 2-1 Juventus
When La Dea meets the Old Lady it is often eventful – as January’s 3-3 draw in Turin suggests – and given Juve’s recent woes, the time could be right for Atalanta to strike. The Nerazzurri are not always at their best on home soil, but they have enough guile to counter their visitors’ reactive approach and seize victory.