Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus will look to bounce back from their shock loss against AC Milan when they face in-form Atalanta in Serie A. Watch live on TV and online.
A tantalizing fixture in Serie A headlines this weekend’s footballing action in Europe, as defending champions Juventus will host the rampant Atalanta side at the J Stadium in Turin on Sunday. You can watch the contest live on TV and also live streaming online.
The Old Lady will be aiming for a strong response after their shock loss against AC Milan on Wednesday. Juventus were up 2-0 thanks to a sensational solo effort from Adrien Rabiot followed by a clinical finish from Cristiano Ronaldo but then conceded three goals in five minutes and another one late in the contest, succumbing to a 4-2 loss.
Juventus currently sit seven points atop the Serie A standings after Lazio went down to Lecce.
The loss to Milan ended the Old Lady’s six-match winning run, however, with just seven games left in the season, Juventus are seemingly in pole position to secure a ninth-straight Scudetto.
Atalanta, currently nine points behind Juventus in the third spot on the Serie A table and are one the most in-form sides in Europe, having won 10 of their last 11 matches in the league, including nine in-a-row.
Coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s men scored 85 goals in Serie A this season, 18 more than next-best Lazio and currently trail the side from the capital by two points.
Victory over Juventus will leave them trailing the reigning champions by six and could see them make a late dash in the title race.
Juventus predicted starting XI: Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala
Atalanta predicted starting XI: Pierluigi Gollini, Jose Palomino, Mattia Caldara, Rafael Toloi, Robin Gosens, Remo Freuler, Marten De Roon, Hans Hateboer, Alejandro Gomez, Luis Muriel, Josip Ilicic
Centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is expected to return to the starting XI along with Alex Sandro, who made an appearance off the bench in Juventus’ loss to Milan. Sami Khedira, Mattia de Sciglio and Merih Demiral will remain sidelined through injuries.
Josip Ilicic returned to the starting XI in Atalanta’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria after a spell on the treatment table and is expected to start against Juventus. Jose Palomino has served his one-game suspension and will also be restored to the starting XI against the reigning champions.
Juventus have thoroughly dominated this fixture in Serie A, winning 65, drawing 11 and losing on 39 occasions to Atalanta in the league.
The Old Lady won the reverse fixture 3-1 thanks to a brace from Gonzalo Higuain and an injury-time goal from Paulo Dybala.
Superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible scoring run and extended his goalscoring streak to five with his brilliant strike against Milan.
In fact, Ronaldo has failed to score only once in his last 17 Serie A appearances and is currently just three goals behind Ciro Immobile in the race for the golden boot.
Atalanta’s potent front three of Luis Muriel, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata have scored 46 of the 85 goals and will be Atalanta’s biggest threat at the home of the champions.
Playmaker Alejandro Gomez leads the league in assists with 13 and limiting the silky Argentine midfielder’s impact on proceedings will be high on the agenda for Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.
The match between Juventus and Atalanta will take place on June 12, with kickoff scheduled for 1:15 am in India and will be broadcast live on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD. The match can be streamed live on Sony Liv.