Atalanta and Juventus open this Tuesday, January 30, the semifinals of the 2017/2018 edition of the Italian Cup. The game will be held at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium in Bergamo. The kickoff is scheduled for 17:45.
The regulation establishes at this stage a different form of definition. So far, the spot was set in single play. The fight for a place in the decision, however, will be made with round trips. The second clash is scheduled for February 28 in Turin. If there is a need, goal balance and goals scored as a visitor can be used as tiebreaker criteria.
Atalanta’s recent performance
For the first division of the Italian Championship, the team of Bergamo had the right to start their participation in the Glass of Italy already in the fifth phase. Acting in their dominions, they eliminated Sassuolo by making 2-1. Then they promoted a surprise by beating Napoli at the San Paolo stadium in Naples.
First team rival in the Italian Cup, Sassuolo was also on the way to Atalanta on Saturday, January 27. This time the game was worth the Italian Championship and was beaten even more easily by the team of Bergamo that thrashed 3 to 0 in the house of the opponent.
He climbed to 33 points (nine wins, six draws and seven losses). They are in eighth place with a four-point deficit compared to sixth-placed Sampdoria, which closes the qualifying zone for European tournaments.
Also qualified for the knockout phase of the Europa League, where they will face Borussia Dortmund in February, Atalanta should focus their best efforts on this type of competition. After all, it’s where you can dream of higher flights.
Thus, coach Gian Piero Gasperini must climb the team he considers best to face Juve. It does not face problems with bruises or suspensions of its main players.
The current form of Juventus
Juve came to spend a few hours leading the Italian Championship. On Saturday, January 27, they defeated Chievo, 2-0, at the rival’s home, beating Napoli in the standings. He reached 56 points (18 wins, two draws and two losses). The Neapolitans, who only entered the field on Sunday, January 28, ended up returning the Turin team by beating Bologna 3-1, rising to 57 points and retaking the point.
In the Glass of Italy, Juventus did not suffer great scares to reach the semifinals. In the last 16 they beat Genoa 2-0 at their home stadium. In the quarters, had a classic against the Torino. He repeated the marker.
The alvinegro team has been undefeated for 13 games (11 wins and two draws), winning the last nine. In the four most recent games, he has not conceded a single goal. The problems of coach Massimiliano Allegri are in the middle and in the attack, where two holders are in the medical department.
The injured midfielder is the Colombian Juan Cuadrado (14 games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, three goals). He was out of the last five games due to the hip injury. New examination will tell if it can act on Tuesday. In the attack, who is injured is the Argentine Paolo Dybala (19 games, 14 goals). A muscle injury has taken him out of his last two games. In addition to them, defender Benedikt Howedes (a game, no goal) and midfielder Claudio Marchisio (eight matches, no goal) are in the infirmary.
History of the matches Atalanta vs Juventus
The last two matches between the teams were in the draw. Both for 2 to 2 and in Bergamo. But Juventus defend a long unbeaten run against their rivals. He has not lost to Atalanta for 22 games (18 games and 4 draws). Last year, Torino’s alvinegro was responsible for taking the team from Bergamo to the Italian Cup by applying 3 to 2. He acted at home.
Owner of a solid defense and a consistent style of play, even as a Juventus visitor is the best option for guess. It has a price of 2.30 in Bet365. Success of the Bergamo team promotes return of 3.30. Draw paid 3.10 per 1. Quotations valid at 02:44 (Brasilia time) of 1/29/2018