Man United – Juventus, Champions League Prediction
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION FOR MANCHESTER UNITED - JUVENTUS
United played a very strong second half in the derby with Chelsea in the weekend and for the second time managed to make a comeback and this time it was much more impressive, because Chelsea were on their way to losing their first game since the beginning of the season. Still, the Red Devils’ defense is not good enough. Now they have to go out for victory against Juventus because in the last match they failed to defeat Valencia. The last two games proved again that United have become a very unstable and unpredictable team. After a terrible loss by 0-3 from Tottenham, they got 3 consecutive wins, which seemed like a reborn, but the reality turned out to be another, followed by strange home draw with Wolves, out from Derby for the League Cup, loss of West Ham and X with Valencia. These bad results led to a lot of tension, and when it looked like there was nothing to save them, that comeback came in the second half against Newcastle. There is a general problem with this team and it is not only about the manager. United’s performance is not impressive, but it is a fact that this team has one of the world’s best players and this is sometimes clear, when you see them play.
Juventus has made a big failure with Genoa, which is not fatal to the old lady, but it is not customary for them to fail at home, especially against weaks like Genoa. Since the start of the season, Juve have scored at least 2 goals in all their matches except for the last. This is normal given that they have players like Ronaldo, Mandzukic and Dybala. Bonucci’s return, however, is not the most ideal possible. Khedira constantly suffers from injuries and Can will also be missing for a while. Bianconeri do not have a typical defensive midfielder and their defense performance is not particularly impressive at times, so they also concede goals. The good news is that Ronaldo will take part in the match so CR7 returns to Old Trafford. It will be a pretty emotional match for him.
Juventus and Man U are two of the biggest clubs in history, but they only have 2 games against each other. It’s about their matches in the Champions League in round of 16 in 2003, when United first beat 2-1 at Old Trafford and then won again with 0-3 in Italy. This is far in time before more than 15 years ago and now things are radically different. It all depends on what the approach of both teams will be. Even if the point is enough for them, we will hardly see a zero draw. At the moment it seems much more likely to see issues in both defensive lines, goals and more open football. The prediction is BTTS at 1.85.
MAN UNITED TEAM NEWS
Lingrad (5/0), McTomminy (4/0), Fellaini (8/0) and Sanchez (7/1) are out
JUVENTUS TEAM NEWS
Can (8/0), Khedira (4/1) and Mandzukic (8/4) are out