Juventus were cruising towards the last 16 of the Champions League before they were stunned by a late Manchester United double salvo three weeks ago, but can secure their berth in the knockout stages by earning a point against Valencia at home on Tuesday.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side had been perfect in the competition until Juan Mata and an own goal from Leonardo Bonucci consigned them to an unexpected defeat in Turin earlier this month.
That result was also a blow for the Spaniards, who could find themselves out of the competition if they fail to win at the home of the Serie A champions, having earned five points from four games to date.
|Game||Juventus vs Valencia|
|Date||Tuesday, November 27|
|Time||8pm GMT / 3pm ET|
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Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Szczesny, Perin, Pinsoglio|
|Defenders||De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro, Barzagli, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani|
|Midfielders||Pjanic, Matuidi, Bentancur|
|Forwards||Ronaldo, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Kean|
Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; Cancelo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
|Goalkeepers||Neto, Domenech, Rivero|
|Defenders||Piccini, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gaya, Murillo, Lato, Vezo|
|Midfielders||Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo, Guedes, Wass, Coquelin, Torres|
|Forwards||Rodrigo, Santi, Gameiro, Batshuayi|
Valencia starting XI: Neto; Gabriel, Kondogbia, Guedes, Parejo, Diakhaby, Gaya, Coquelin, Wass, Rodrigo, Santi Mina
Betting & Match Odds
Juventus are hot 2/5 favourites to win, according to bet365, while Valencia are priced at 8/1. The draw is 4/1.
Aside from six minutes of madness against Manchester United three weeks ago, it has been very much business as usual for Juventus this season.
They have established their dominant position atop Serie A, having opened an eight-point gap to Napoli after only 13 matches, winning 12 of 13 fixtures, while they had boasted a perfect Champions League record until their uncharacteristic late collapse against the Red Devils.
Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s match, victory over Young Boys in Switzerland next month would be enough for a place in the last 16, but such have been the standards in Turin, they expect to win the group.
“Tomorrow we want to get through and secure first place, but Valencia are in good form,” Allegri said.
Indeed, the coach believes that the defeat against Jose Mourinho’s club was actually a welcome jolt that reminded his team that they are vulnerable before a big Serie A clash with AC Milan that was won 2-0.
“We can’t fall asleep like we did with Manchester United,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of focus, and losing against United did us good because if not we’d have stumbled against Milan.
“We must have respect for Valencia, they’ve only lost one of their last 10 matches. Tomorrow at 11pm we’ll know everything.”
While Allegri is right to point out that the Spaniards have been tough to beat, they have made little headway in La Liga this term due to the fact they have drawn eight of their 13 matches.
Marcelino’s men have won four of their last five games in all competitions, but in each of those victories their opponents have finished with 10 men.
The Mestalla club, who face Real Madrid on Saturday, must find a path to victory at Juventus Stadium if they are to keep their Champions League hopes burning, and with a fully focused home team standing in their way, they are unlikely to be granted any presents in the way that Man Utd were.