Juventus v Man Utd
Total Goals Betting Tip
Manchester United travel to Turin on Wednesday night, where the hosts can book their spot in the knockout phase of the tournament with a victory at Allianz Stadium. The Red Devils, who sit second in Group H, are looking to close ground on a Juventus team that is yet to concede a goal in three Champions League fixtures.
Our Juventus v Man United betting tip is Juventus Over 1.5 Goals as the Italians are simply too talented for a United defence that offers too many opportunities for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
Juventus enter the match in arguably the best form of any club in Europe this season, the only team to have not suffered a loss in any competition this season from the top five leagues.
In 14 total contests this season, La Vecchia Signora have won all but one, with a 1-1 draw against Genoa on October 20 being the sole blemish on their otherwise perfect season.
They made it three straight wins this past Saturday when they easily dispatched Cagliari at home 3-1, with a Paulo Dybala goal in the first-minute setting the pace for another easy outing for the defending Serie A champions.
They have been equally impressive in their Champions League campaign, outscoring their opponents 6-0 over the opening three matches. Last time out saw them travel to Old Trafford, where they were able to shutdown the United offence over 90 minutes, with Dybala’s 17th-minute strike holding up as the winner.
They have been extremely solid when playing in Turin, posting a 7W 2D 1L record over their last 10 Champions League matches at home. They have kept six clean sheets during that span, with six matches going over 2.5 total goals.
United continue their turnaround in form lately, after a disastrous stretch to begin last month left them behind in both the Premier League and Champions League standings.
The Red Devils head to Allianz Stadium having won consecutive league matches after their Matchday 3 loss to Juventus two weeks ago.
With successive 2-1 wins over Everton and Bournemouth, Jose Mourinho’s squad are slowly creeping back into the Top 5 of the league table after enduring a spell in October which saw them winless in four straight matches.
Their European campaign has produced mixed results. They opened up on the right foot with a straightforward 3-0 away win over Young Boys before a disappointing scoreless draw at home with Valencia. They were once against help goalless at home against Juventus, leaving them second in the table with four points in a group that they should be cruising out of.
Playing away in Europe has not been so kind to United, as they have a 4W 2D 4L in their last ten matches. Six of the games have gone over 2.5 total goals, while both teams have scored in just four.
Last month’s loss to Juventus was their since 1997 in the meeting between the two clubs, breaking a United streak of three consecutive wins. The last time they visited Turin they left as 3-0 victors back in 2003, with Ryan Giggs scoring a brace.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri should not want to tinker too much with a lineup that produced a world-class performance just two weeks ago.
That means he should send out the same 4-4-2 formation that was headed by Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, both of which were able to constantly put pressure on United’s back four.
The midfield, which has to be considered one of the most solid across Europe, features Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado on the outside. The pair were able to use their speed and strength to effectively move the ball down the flanks, opening up the back line of their opposition for through-balls.
Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Betancur make up the central-midfield, which stopped Paul Pogba from getting anything going offensively. With the French midfielder receiving extra inspiration upon returning to Turin for the first time since transferring to Manchester, the pair may be needed to provide the same level of stability on Wednesday.
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci will lead a back line that has yet to concede in the competition. The Italian duo will not make things easy for whomever starts in place of Romelu Lukaku to break through on goal.
Mourinho will look to make some adjustments heading into the match, both due to injury and to ignite a spark that can find a way to break through Juventus’ incredibly staunch defence.
Last time out saw them fail to move the ball through the 4-2-3-1 formation headed by Lukaku, so Wednesday’s match could see the Portuguese revert to a 4-3-3 formation that the squad has used recently.
With the Belgian striker unavailable for the contest, starting duties should go to Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata could make up the midfield, while Fred could be another option if Mourinho believes that he is ready to make an impact against such a disciplined squad.
Nothing should change in the defensive structure from the last match, as United did well to contain the Juventus attack. Allowing a single goal in 90 minutes to such a talented unit is no shame, meaning Ashley Young and Luke Shaw should once again be on wing duty to keep pace with the likes of Matuidi and Cuadrado outside.
Douglas Costa is confirmed to be out for the hosts after suffering an abductor problem on the weekend. Matuidi, who came off against Cagliari, should be fit to feature in this tie.
Sami Khedira will be made available for this match for the first time since Matchday 1, however it is unsure whether Allegri will insert him directly into the lineup or save him as a reserve in his first match back.
Striker Mario Mandzukic has also resumed training after being sidelined three weeks with an ankle injury, but he is unlikely to be play a role in the game.
United will be missing striker Lukaku through injury, meaning that Mourinho is likely to send both Sanchez and Martial out for the clash.
Ander Herrera is also back for United and should be available to come off the bench for the visitors.
Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia are both deemed to be fit for service after missing the last several weeks with injuries. They have been included in Mourinho’s lineup, but the role they will play on Wednesday night remains to be seen.
Diogo Dalot is United’s lone injury concern, the Portuguese still suffering from an injury that he picked up while on international duty.
Juventus are firing on all cylinders at the moment and while United have improved their play over the last month, they still don’t appear to be at the same level of their Italian opponents.
Playing a well-rounded game that dominated the Red Devils on their home turf just two weeks ago, they deserved more than a 1-0 victory. Playing in Turin should give them the boost they need to once again put forth a dominating display that will see them find the net, while limiting United’s chances on goal.
For that reason, we believe that La Vecchia Signora will become the first team to secure progression with a 2-0 home win.
Published on: 7 Nov 2018 at 10:06
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