We should be in for an entertaining game when Juventus hosts free-scoring Atalanta for an important Serie A clash in Turin on Saturday.
The Bianconeri are up to eighth in the table after securing victories over Fiorentina and Lazio in their last two games. However, they suffered a dismal 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday, suggesting that they still have major defensive problems.
Atalanta also has a very leaky defense, and it could only draw 3-3 with Young Boys in Switzerland on Tuesday. Yet there will be a wealth of attacking talent on the pitch in Turin, so we should see plenty of goals.
Juventus FC vs. Atalanta BC
Saturday, November 27, 2021 – 12:00 PM EST at Juventus Stadium
The Juventus Defense is Struggling
Juventus boasted one of the world’s strongest defenses when Massimiliano Allegri led the club to five consecutive Serie A titles between 2014 and 2019. He left that summer, and the defense deteriorated.
The Bianconeri won the league for the ninth straight year in 2020, but it finished fifth last season. The club responded by firing rookie manager Andrea Pirlo, and it brought Allegri back to save the day.
However, he has not yet been able to return Juventus to its former glories. The team may have won its last two league games, but it still trails joint league leaders Napoli and AC Milan by 11 points.
It cannot afford to lose any more ground, but it will not be easy for Juventus to beat Atalanta on Saturday.
Atalanta Continues to Pursue a Gung-Ho Approach
Atalanta is currently fourth in the table, with seven wins, four draws, and just two defeats from 13 games. It is four points ahead of Juventus, and it is on a six-game unbeaten streak.
They have finished third in Serie A for the past three seasons. It was the top-scoring team in the division in each of those seasons, but its poor defensive record cost it a chance of lifting the trophy.
It began the current campaign in an uncharacteristically cautious fashion, but star forwards Luis Muriel and Josip Iličić then recovered from injury and it returned to its chaotic best.
Atalanta has scored 27 goals in 13 games this season, but it has also conceded 17, which is 10 more than league leader Napoli.
The team has kept just two clean sheets so far this season, while the once-mighty Juventus defense has only kept four clean sheets in 13 games, and it was destroyed by Chelsea in midweek.
At the other end of the pitch, both teams are on fire. Juventus has scored in 12 of its 13 league games this season, and so has Atalanta. It all points to a high-scoring clash on Saturday.
Juventus is missing defenders Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo, and Mattia De Sciglio, which does not help its chances of shutting out Atalanta on Saturday. Federico Bernardeschi and Aaron Ramsey are also out.
Atalanta is without wing-backs Robin Gosens and Davide Zappacosta, plus defenders Matteo Lovato and Hans Hateboer. Key forwards Iličić, Muriel, and Duván Zapata are all fit.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks like a great option in this game. Bet365 has odds of -111 on that outcome, and you can find similar odds when using the same game parlay builders at a variety of alternative sportsbooks.
It is difficult to say which team will win the game, so sticking to the goals markets looks like a safer bet. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals has paid off in three of the last five meetings between these clubs. It has also paid off in nine of Atalanta’s last 10 games in all competitions, so it looks very appealing.
Soccer Pick: Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals at Bet265