With only Catania picking up less points than Atalanta on the road this season, it’s an excellent home record that has lifted the Nerazzurri to their current standing of 13th place in the Serie A table.
With four wins, two draws and a solitary defeat as well as a positive goal different of four at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia so far, Atalanta won’t be easy opponents for Juve to overcome when the two sides line up in Bergamo on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri’s first home result of the 2013/14 Serie A campaign was a 2-0 win against Torino. The hosts had only 44% of the possession, but made their chances count as Guglielmo Stendardo and substitute Stefano Lucchini both converted.
In their next home fixture, they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina, the only side to beat them in Bergamo this season. A Matias Fernandez tap-in and a brilliant finish on the turn from Giuseppe Rossi meant the visitors took home all three points.
But Stefano Colantuono’s men quickly bounced back with a 2-0 win against Udinese a fortnight later, the start of a really strong spell at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Lazio were the next team to succumb, sunk by goals from German Denis and Luca Cigarini with just a solitary Brayan Perea reply, and they followed that up with a 1-1 draw against Inter.
Sunday 10 November brought another win, a 2-1 triumph against Bologna, and in their most recent result they helped Juve’s cause by holding Scudetto hopefuls Roma to a 1-1 draw.
Usually lining up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, Atalanta’s focal point up front is Argentine striker German Denis. The 32-year-old is their top scorer this season with six, but he is without a goal in nine games against the Bianconeri.
Only Cagliari have put in more crosses from open play than the Nerazzurri’s 316 so far, but they have been slow off the mark in all their Serie A games and have yet to score in the first 15 minutes.
No-one has provided more assists in Serie A this year than Luca Cigarini’s six. The Italian playmaker has already surpassed his personal record for a single season.
One of the team’s main weapons has been shots from distance, the source of five goals so far, and they have also scored three from corners.
Defence has not been the Nerazzurri’s strongpoint recently. They have conceded in all of their last nine games, something which no other side has suffered. However, Stefano Colantuono’s men posses the 2013/14 season’s third strongest home defensive record, with just six goals having found their net at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.