Coppa Italia Preview - Juventus vs Atalanta March 01 2018

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Coppa Italia Semi Final Second Leg
Juventus vs. Atalanta
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
00:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín (14)

Last five matches form: W D L D D
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Bryan Cristante and Josep Ilicic (7)

First Leg Result: Atalanta 0 - 1 Juventus

Atalanta have it all to do here if they are to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Allianz Stadium. An overall record of 10 wins from their 12 home outings in Serie A - with Lazio the only side to win at Juve - highlights the size of the task facing Gian Piero Gasperini's men.

The Orobici did have the lions share of possession in the first leg and won the shots on target count, but Alejandro Gomez's 25th penalty miss may prove crucial in the end.
The injuries are beginning to mount up for Juventus, particularly in the attacking third with Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi expected to miss out here. Joint top scorer Gonzalo Higuaín may recover in time though to resume his potent partnership with the electric Paulo Dybala.
Overall, we wouldn't be surprised should Atalanta give Juventus a fright by at least getting on the scoresheet here, and should they score the first goal, who knows what might happen. The Old Lady continue to be majestic at the back though and should have more than enough to protect a one goal lead.
With the onus being on the visitors to come out and attack, we expect Juve's creative players - lead by tormenter in chief - Dybala to have the time and space to cause the Atalanta backline some serious headaches. Take Juve to confirm their place in the final with a one goal victory.

Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Atalanta


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 9 - 6
Shots on target: 3 - 1
Corner Kicks:  1 - 2
Possession: 45% - 55%

Giorgio Chiellin, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Mario Mandzucic and Alex Sandro all saw yellow for the home side, with Andrea Masiello and Alejandro Gomez being booked for Atalanta.

If there is one side in world football built to protect a 1 - 0 advantage at home, it is surely Juventus. As such this always looked a tall order for Atalanta to do enough in Turin to progress. And so it proved.
With Gonzalo Higuaín not making it on time, and Paulo Dybala starting from the bench, the home side were set up to hold on to the lead they had and in they end did so without too much of a scare.
This went almost entirely to script, with Juventus happy to concede the possession battle, confident that their back line marshalled by the outstanding Chiellini would be able to withstand anything Atalanta could throw at them.
The first half was really something of a non-event, with each side registering just the one shot on target and the visitors struggling to make any headway into the Juventus box. 0 - 0 at the break.
Whilst the match remained goalless though, there was always the possibility that a mistake or something spectacular from the visitors could take this tie into extra time.
The Orobici nearly did just that in the 64th minute when Alejandro Gomez rattled a left work effort against the woodwork from range.
That was as close as it got for Atalanta, with Juventus responding by going close themselves, Douglas Costa hitting the frame of the goal in the 67th minute.
Then in the 75th minute this tie was effectively all over as Miralem Pjanic stepped up to slot a spot kick past Etrit Berisha, making it 2 - 0 on aggregate.
That's the way it stayed as Juventus now lie in wait in the final for the winners of Lazio vs AC Milan.

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