Juventus vs. Atalanta Pick – Serie A December 16, 2020

There is a heavyweight matchup in Torino on Wednesday in Serie A competition. Juventus welcomes Atlanta to Torino for a showdown between two of the best clubs in Italy. It should be a must-watch affair, and is certainly the most intriguing match of the day in Serie A. With the Champions League off until February, we have league matches on Tuesday and Wednesday again.

Today is an action packed day, with several matches across Serie A, LaLiga, and the Premier League. Serie A has the biggest slate, with seven expected to be played. The first match of the day is in Torino at Juventus Stadium. Both clubs are coming off wins, but neither are sitting at the top of the table in Serie A. That spot belongs to AC Milan who’ve been in terrific form. They own a record of 8-3-0 and 27 points.

The top-3 in Serie A going into Wednesday with AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Napoli. No Juventus? Nope. There could be an easy explanation for that, though. If you recall, Ronaldo was held out earlier because of Covid-19. It felt like it dragged on and on, and he ultimately missed several matches for Juventus. Then when Ronaldo returned, it took him a couple of matches to get his feet underneath him.

Juventus has been playing much better football since the early hiccup. They’re at a point now where they just need AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Napoli to cool off and they’ll be in the driver’s seat for the Serie A title again. All four clubs have been in excellent form recently. In their last five matches, Napoli is the only team to have lost, and that’s only one match.

Atalanta has been an average club thus far in the 2020-21 season. They got red-hot towards the end of last season following the lockdown, but settled for third, which was enough to get into the Champions League. That was all they could have hoped for when they returned to action and they accomplished it.

They will also advance to the Round of 16 after finishing second behind Liverpool in Group D. Atalanta goes into Wednesday with a record of 5-2-3 and 17 points for ninth in the table. Head below for our free Juventus vs. Atalanta pick for December 16, 2020.

Juventus vs. Atalanta Serie A Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Juventus -0.5, -1 (-101)
  • Atalanta +0.5, +1 (-119)
Moneyline:

  • Juventus -119
  • Atalanta +295
  • Draw +265
Total:

  • Over 2.5, 3 (-112)
  • Under 2.5, 3 (-108)

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Juventus vs. Atalanta Prediction:

Atalanta is ten points behind AC Milan for the lead in Serie A. They have been alright enough, but the burning hot club that we saw towards the end of last season hasn’t been present. Their offence was torching the net left and right, and while Atalanta are still fully capable of scoring, they’ve been just okay.

However, they did put a stellar performance together versus Fiorentina, 3-0. That was a perfect effort, with Atalanta beating Fiorentina in every aspect of the match on Sunday. It was the first time in 12 matches that Atalanta scored more than 2 goals in a match. After smacking a weak Fiorentina defence around, expect Atalanta to face trouble versus Juventus on the road.

Juventus has been lights out defensively this campaign, and especially at home in Torino. Overall, in the 2020-21 campaign, Juventus has conceded 0.82 goals per match and 0.40 goals at Juventus Stadium. The offence has been in good form at home as well, with 2.2 goals scored per match. Atalanta has given up 1.6 goals per match on the road, so I believe Juventus should be able to register around their average with a couple of goals on Wednesday.

We need to go back ages to find the last time Atalanta beat Juventus on the road. That was in 1989 when Claudio Canigga was playing. Atalanta has failed to beat Juventus in 23 straight matches on the road. This isn’t going to be a simple assignment for Juventus against a Atalanta squad that hit their stride on Sunday versus Fiorentina. That said, they’ve been in great form, too, including a recent 3-0 win over Barcelona. The upper hand appears to be with the home side on Wednesday.

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