Juventus - Chelsea Betting Preview: Back the hosts to bag the points

Both sides are in desperate need of victory as they look to qualify for the last 16 of this year's Champions League and Willie Duncan expects the Old Lady to deliver on Tuesday
Defending European champions Chelsea face a tough test when they travel to Turin to face Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Angelo Alessio’s side came from 2-0 behind to force a 2-2 draw when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge in the opening match of the group back in September, and the Old Lady are chalked up as 4/5 (1.80) favourites with Bet365 to pick up three points on Tuesday.

A dramatic stoppage-time winner from Victor Moses helped the west London club to a crucial 3-2 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in their last Champions League outing and the Blues can be backed at 16/5 (4.20) with Bet365 to win in Turin. The same firm offer 14/5 (3.80) on the match ending in a draw.

Roberto Di Matteo’s men slumped to a disappointing defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at the weekend and go into this match without an away win in three games and will be desperate to arrest that sequence of results in this game.

Goals have been a prominent feature with over three having been scored in all four of the Premier League side’s Champions League matches thus far this term and, should that trend continue here, the 4/5 (1.80) quote from Bet365 for three or more goals to be scored certainly offers appeal for punters.

Fabio Quagliarelli has been in fine form for the hosts, having scored five goals in his last five matches for Juventus, including a hat-trick in the Old Lady’s 6-1 thrashing of Pescara 10 days ago.

Quagliarelli is available at an enticing 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365 to open the scoring when these sides meet on Tuesday, while the talismanic figure of Andrea Pirlo is chalked up at a tempting 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365 to bag the opener here.

Spanish striker Fernando Torres is available at 17/2 (9.50) with Bet365 to score the first goal on Tuesday while Torres’ fellow countryman, Juan Mata, is available at a juicy 14/1 (15.0) with the same firm to break the deadlock.

Chelsea have proven their European credentials before, but this looks like a bridge too far for Roberto Di Matteo’s side and the 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365 for the Italian champions to take victory should be snapped up here with the in-form Quagliarelli the value pick to break Chelsea’s resistance with the opening goal at 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365.

Juventus to win at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365
Quagliarelli to score first at 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter