The winner takes it all at the Turk Telecom Arena this evening, but Al Hain-Cole expects Antonio Conte's visitors to take few chances in a low-scoring encounter
The Italian champions moved off the bottom of Group B with a first European win of the season against Copenhagen two weeks ago and are 19/20 (1.95) favourites with Coral to secure second place with another victory in Istanbul.
However, three points would be enough for Roberto Mancini’s men to book their own place in the last 16 for the second consecutive season, and they are available at 11/4 (3.75) to come out on top.
The sides played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse encounter, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the visitors easing into the next round with a fourth draw in six group games.
Having made his Cimbom debut during that draw in Turin, the typically cautious Mancini must have been concerned by the lack of defensive resilience on display from his new team.
The former Manchester City boss has struggled to shore up his backline since then, conceding at least a goal a game for the next 11 matches before finally securing a clean sheet in Friday’s 2-0 victory over Elazigspor.
That match saw the Turkish champions abandon their four-man defence for a 3-5-2 formation and they are likely to stick with that for tonight’s crucial game, making another high-scoring encounter against the Bianconeri look unlikely.
Having conceded just three times and kept seven clean sheets in their last nine matches and needing only a point to make it through to the knockout stages, Antonio Conte’s men are sure to keep things tight at a notoriously uninviting European away ground, meaning odds of 21/20 (2.05) seem very generous on under 2.5 goals going in.
That bet would have paid out in 11 of Juventus’ last 15 away games in all competitions, as well as 10 of their previous 13 on the road in the Champions League.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 21/20 (2.05) with Coral
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