Atalanta vs Juventus. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more

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Atalanta BC will host Juventus FC in the Coppa Italia final match at the Stadio Olimpico. The fixture will take place on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 00:30 IST.

Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Atalanta News & Current Form: 

Atalanta entered the season as clear contenders for a spot in the UEFA Champions League – a solid reinforcement during the summer allowed them to set such ambitions under the guidance of Gian Piero Gasperini. Overall, La Dea had a decent and consistent start, yet firmly securing a spot in the top five proved elusive. In the second half of the season, the team made more mistakes but consistently found the strength to improve, which bodes well for their success.

Ultimately, this season can be confidently marked as a success for Gasperini’s men as they have performed brightly both on the international stage and in the domestic league. The head coach adeptly and seamlessly rotates the squad, with minimal impact on the quality of play.

With aspirations to take part in the next UCL campaign, Atalanta currently occupies fifth place in the Serie A table, ahead of Roma by three points with a game in hand. It’s worth recalling that Italy will have five representatives in the main European competition next season, and the team from Bergamo is poised to secure the fifth spot.

Thus, the fate of La Dea rests in their own hands, but Gasperini’s men have little margin for error. The team has lost only one of their last seven league matches, winning four times and drawing twice.

They triumphed over AC Monza (1:2), Empoli FC (2:0), and US Salernitana in early May (1:2). Over the weekend, they secured three points in a crucial match against AS Roma, courtesy of a brace by Charles De Ketelaere (2:1).

Last week, the Nerazzurri thrashed Olympique de Marseille in the UEFA Europa League semi-final (3:0) following an away draw. Ademola Lookman put the Italians ahead in the 30th minute, while Matteo Ruggeri and substitute El Bilal Toure in the second half sealed the French team’s fate. The club management admits that such achievements were beyond their dreams, and Gasperini is already being hailed alongside Italian football legends.

At the end of the season, Atalanta awaits two finals. Following the decisive match in the Coppa Italia, Atalanta will face Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEL final in Dublin on May 22. The Nerazzurri have managed their resources well throughout the season, resulting in peak form towards the end.

Charles De Ketelaere – author of the double in the game against AS Roma

Speaking of their cup journey, Gasperini’s side eliminated AC Milan and US Sassuolo. In the Italian Cup semi-final, Atalanta lost the first leg to ACF Fiorentina 0:1 away but triumphed 4:1 at home.

Speaking of absent players, it’s worth noting the injury Sead Kolasinac sustained in the first leg with the French club, ruling him out of the upcoming game. The Bosnian joined an already crowded treatment room, which includes midfielder Emil Holm and central defender Rafael Toloi

Juventus News & Current Form: 

The season for Juventus draws to a close, marked by contradictions and ambiguities. Some may cast blame upon Massimiliano Allegri and the players for the lack of championship ambitions and modest performances, while others perceive the team’s commendable results amidst limited resources.

Massimiliano Allegri is rumored to leave Juventus FC at the end of the season

Currently occupying the 4th position in the Serie A table, Juventus sit comfortably 7 points clear of the 6th spot, harboring realistic prospects of clinching a coveted UEFA Champions League berth. Initially vying for the Scudetto alongside FC Inter Milan, the latter half of the season failed to meet expectations.

The Bianconeri clinched victory in merely 1 out of their last 10 matches, settling for draws on 7 occasions and suffering defeats twice. Allegri’s men shared points with Torino FC (0:0), Cagliari Calcio (2:2), Milan (0:0), and Roma (1:1). Their recent inability to secure a home win against bottom-placed Salernitana (1:1) adds to their woes.

In 2024, only FC Heidenheim recorded more draws than Juventus across Europe’s top five leagues, with only Frosinone Calcio and Salernitana securing fewer victories in the Serie A during this period.

Moreover, the Coppa Italia presents Allegri with the final opportunity to secure silverware with Juventus. Italian insiders speculate gaffer’s imminent departure after the end of the season, with Thiago Motta from Bologna FC touted as his potential successor. Such a decision by Juventus management will come as no surprise, given the team’s frustrating Serie A 23/24 campaign.

In the Coppa Italia semi-final, Juventus secured a 2:0 home victory against SS Lazio, followed by a 1:2 defeat away, securing their passage to the final. Prior to this, Turin’s side eliminated Frosinone and Salernitana.

For the impending fixture, Juventus will be without the injured Danilo, Mattia De Sciglio, Alex Sandro and the suspended Timothy Weah and Manuel Locatelli. Understandably, Paul Pogba and Nicolò Fagioli will also be absent from the field.

Atalanta form guide: W-W-D-W-W-W

Juventus form guide: D-D-L-D-D-D

Atalanta vs Juventus Head-To-Head Record:

  • August 12, 2023: Juventus 0 – 0 Atalanta (Club Friendly);
  • October 1, 2023: Atalanta 0 – 0 Juventus (Serie A);
  • March 10, 2024: Juventus 2 – 2 Atalanta (Serie A).

Atalanta vs Juventus Predicted XI:

Atalanta’s possible starting lineup (3-4-2-1): Carnesecchi; Scalvini, Hien, Djimsiti; Zappacosta, Ederson, De Roon, Ruggeri; Koopmeiners, Lookman; De Ketelaere.

Juventus’s possible starting lineup (3-5-2): Perin; Gatti, Bremer, Rugani; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Chiesa, Vlahovic.

Statistical preview of the match Atalanta vs Juventus:

  • Atalanta’s First XI average age is 26.8 years, and Juventus’ First XI average age is 27.5 years.
  • The total value of hosts’ squad is 349 mln euros, while the total of the guests comes up to 490 mln euros.
  • Fabio Maresca has been appointed as the centre referee. The match official has already served 18 games this season, showing an average of 5.4 yellow cards and also whistles 25 fouls per game.
  • Both matches between Juventus and Atalanta this season ended in draws – 0:0 and 2:2
  • Atalanta have won the Italian Cup only 1 time in history. It happened back in 1963.
  • Juventus last won the Italian Cup in the season 2020/21. 
  • The last 5 matches in Serie A have finished with a draw for the Turin side.

What has been said before the match:

Gaffer of La Dea Gian Piero Gasperini about the last played game with Roma:

“I think it’s a bit much to suggest we’d be favourites against Juve. We are in good form, but it’s difficult to tell if we’re playing every three days. Naturally, we go into this Coppa Italia Final with great enthusiasm.”

“We had many scoring situations but we didn’t have precise aim, otherwise we would have ended the match earlier without suffering in the second half. In the final minutes, we had sensational opportunities, the game remained open until the end. Not winning this match tonight would have created many problems for us.”

Allegri discusses his team’s results and his future with the Old Lady:

“We got nervous and disjointed in the first half, we had to be more patient and move the ball faster: the goal was to try to be more careful on set pieces. In the second half we had many chances, but we only scored one goal, yet we did well.”

“Now we have three days to recover our energy and prepare for the final in Rome on Thursday: those are different games, and we will play against a very strong team.”

“On paper some challenges are easy, but you have to be very calm and not get nervous: you have to stay with your head in the game for 100 minutes. If you don’t score, you have to be careful not to concede and instead we concede.”

“Giving grades at this moment is useless. Regarding my future, just be patient a little bit longer, in 10-15 days you’ll know what will happen next year. I am only focused on these last games of the season.”

“Juventus must qualify for the Champions League next season: if we succeed, it would be the 13th consecutive season that they achieve this goal on the field. The final against a team like Atalanta that has grown a lot will certainly be balanced, it is a one-off game and we will have to try to make as few mistakes as possible.”

Atalanta vs Juventus Prediction:

Four of the last five official Serie A meetings between these clubs have ended in draws, with four different scores ranging from 0-0 to 3-3. Just over a year ago, in early May 2023, the Turin side came out victorious in a 2-0 away game at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia. However, the current form of Juve, which is going winless for 6 consecutive matches (5 draws and 1 loss), coupled with Atalanta’s excellent 7-match unbeaten streak in all tournaments (7 wins and 1 draw), tilts the scales in favour of the nominal hosts of the final. We don’t expect a hail of goals here as the teams don’t often spoil their fans with them nowadays, and there’s too much at stake here. Teun Koopmeiners and his partners will be closer to clinching a trophy. But, considering the history of the head-to-head matches and Zebras’ defensive-minded cautious style of play along with their recent results, it may take more than 90 minutes to decide a winner.

Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Atalanta will win the Italian Cup and the match total will be less than 4.5 – Yes.

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