UEFA Champions League: Juventus vs Manchester United preview

Juventus can secure their qualification from UEFA Champions League Group H with two games to spare, all they have to do is defeat Manchester United at Allianz Stadium in Turin on Wednesday. The Bianconeri won the reverse fixture at Old Trafford two weeks ago, the result was decided by a first-half goal from Paulo Dybala. That result changed the balance of the head-to-head record between the two clubs, now the Italians have won six of the thirteen direct matches, while Manchester United have tasted victory only five times. However, the Red Devils have won the last two direct matches in Turin, both in the Champions League.

Juventus have been in brilliant form this season, they have won thirteen of their fourteen matches in all competitions so far, they only slip-up was a 1-1 Serie A draw against Genoa. They have not conceded any goals in the Champions League so far this season, they won 2-0 at Valencia, 3-0 at home against Young Boys and 1-0 at Old Trafford. Last week they defeated Cagliari 3-1 and consolidated their place at the top of the Serie A table. Douglas Costa suffered a muscular injury during that match and will be unavailable for the Champions League clash, while Giorgio Chiellini, Blaise Matuidi, Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic are injury doubts.

Manchester United can lose their second place in the group table if they get beaten by Juventus, because in the other group match Valencia are expected to beat Young Boys at home and up their tally to five points compared to United's four. The Red Devils have recovered from the 1-0 defeat against Juventus with back-to-back Premier League victories, 2-1 over Everton at Old Trafford and 2-1 at Bournemouth last weekend. Romelu Lukaku picked up a knock in training before the Bournemouth game and is a doubt for Wednesday's match, along with Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.

Probable line-ups:

Juventus: Szczesny - Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro - Cuadrado, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi - Ronaldo, Dybala

Man United: De Gea - Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw - Herrera, Matic, Pogba - Lingard, Rashford, Martial

My prediction: Juventus to win 1-0, the Bianconeri are a much stronger side than Manchester United at the moment and they won't let this opportunity slip away.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Juventus win - 1.60
Draw - 4.10
Man United win - 6.50

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    To be honest didn't saw that game and can't really comment the match itself but obviously the result in that one wasn't that vital for Juventus as for Man United and probably that's what makes the difference in the end result.
    Not that Mourinho's team started playing some incredible football or something but at least they have all the chances now to reach the elimination stage of the CL..whether that is a good thing for a team playing that sloppy...it's debatable I think.

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