With Atalanta, this is a Top 4 defense match, but with Juventus it is a vital battle to hold the hope of winning. With 12 points in the top team of Inter Milan, the chance for Lao to successfully defend the Scudetto is very slim when the season has only 8 rounds. So, if you lose this match, Juve will definitely lose the throne, even difficult to keep the Top 4.
In the last 3 seasons, Atalanta is not an easy opponent to play with Juve when they only win 1, draw 4 and lose. 1 in 6 encounters. The last 6 times as a guest against this opponent, Lao Ba only won 2, drew 3 and lost 1 match.
Juventus just had 2 consecutive home wins, but the recent away game drew only 2-2 at Torino. In the last 5 away games, Lao Ba won only 1, drew 2 and lost 2 matches and all 5 games conceded even as a guest of Hellas Verona or Cagliari. In Serie A this season, Juve also won only 6, drew 6 and lost 2 away matches and had 12/14 matches.
This is the reason why Andrea Pirlo’s teachers and students are far behind in the current championship race. The weak away record also made Juve underestimate the host Atalanta in this match. This season, Juventus won at AC Milan and lost at Inter in the underdog position.