Serie A's great entertainers face off as Atalanta attempts to derail Inter

Juventus will want to get over its Super Cup disappointment quickly when it hosts Udinese on Saturday, but it will have to manage without Italy forward Federico Chiesa after he damaged his cruciate ligament at AS Roma last weekend.

Atalanta's Mario Pasalic celebrates scoring their first goal against Udinese with Luis Muriel, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Berat Djimsiti, Teun Koopmeiners and teammates, January 9, 2022.   -  Focus Sports/ISL

Two of Serie A's great entertainers go head to head on Sunday as free-scoring Atalanta look to derail league leader Inter Milan, which is threatening to pull clear of the chasing pack.

Despite working to a vastly inferior budget than its rival, Atalanta continues to punch above its weight in Serie A, with the Bergamo side again sitting in the top four, as it aims to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth season in a row.

Last season, Atalanta was Serie A's top scorers and after a slow start, only champion Inter and AC Milan have found the net more often this term with Gian Piero Gasperini's team putting six past Udinese last weekend.

Inter's lethal attack has helped it go on a run of eight successive league wins, moving Simone Inzaghi's side back to the top of the standings, one point clear of Milan having played one game fewer.

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Inzaghi has plenty of selection dilemmas ahead of Sunday's clash in Bergamo after fringe forward Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to score the winner in Wednesday's Italian Super Cup success over Juventus.

"Everyone wants to play," Inzaghi told reporters after the match. "Roberto Gagliardini was one of the best against Lazio at the weekend, but he didn't get a minute today, so I have to make choices for Atalanta.

"Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko had worked so hard, (Arturo) Vidal made an impact and (Federico) Dimarco was crucial for the goal. We want to win every match, no matter what it takes."

Juventus will want to get over its Super Cup disappointment quickly when it hosts Udinese on Saturday, but it will have to manage without Italy forward Federico Chiesa after he damaged his cruciate ligament at AS Roma last weekend.

The performance in the thrilling 4-3 success over Jose Mourinho's Roma last Sunday, when it looked dead and buried at 3-1 down with 20 minutes to go, will give Juve fans hope their side possess the fight to turn their season around.

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Serie A's most successful team go into the weekend fifth in the standings, 11 points behind leaders Inter.

After suffering from inconsistency before the winter break, second-placed AC Milan has returned to action in 2022 with two wins from two to keep on Inter's tails ahead of their clash with Spezia on Monday.

Veteran Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic was among the goals in last weekend's 3-0 win at Venezia.

Napoli, which led the way for much of the campaign following its long unbeaten start to the season, sits third after losing four of its last seven before the winter break. It will look to make it back-to-back Serie A wins when it travels to Bologna on Monday.

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