A real glamour tie is on the cards as European champions Chelsea welcome Serie A champions Juventus to Stamford Bridge (7.45pm BST, Wednesday).
Juventus managed to stretch their unbeaten run from last season to 42 games this past weekend, as they beat Genoa 3-1 away from home.
Genoa started the game brightly and gave the defending champions every reason to be worried. The home side took the early lead in the game via a Ciro Immobile goal and could have added more throughout. Juventus rested a number of key players, including midfielder Arturo Vidal, defender Stephan Lichsteiner and forward Mirko Vucinic. For anyone really interested, Nicklas Bendtner was also an unused substitute.
But the game needed a couple of the subs to come off the bench and swing the game in Juventus’ favour. Vucinic and Kwadwo Asamoah came on in the second half and put the game beyond doubt with a goal each inside eight minutes.
Hardly a comfortable away win for Juventus, but they will certainly fancy their chances when they meet Chelsea in European competition on Wednesday night.
Juventus are currently top of Serie A with three wins and nine goals. They go into this European tie in good form and off the back of heavy spending in the summer transfer window.
In came Lucio, Sebastian Giovinco, and former Udinese pair Asamoah and Mauricio Isla, who was also rested on the weekend.
Aside from Vucinic and Vidal, Chelsea need to keep a close eye on Giovinco, who has the trickery and skill to do some real damage in the Chelsea third of the pitch.
A former Juventus player who was sold to Parma following an initial loan spell, Giovinco arrived back in Turin over the summer having grown into an excellent attacking player. His small frame (and he is very short) is made up for by the attacking threat he brings to the Juventus team. The Italian international scored 15 goals last season and already has two for Juventus this term.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are riding two disappointing results following the much-hyped 0-0 draw with QPR on the weekend and the 4-1 loss against Atletico Madrid.
Roberto Di Matteo has reason to be concerned ahead of Juventus’ visit. The recent stats are not pretty: one goal in the last two games and nothing from any of the forwards.
Fernando Torres has been shown faith by the manager while Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will be the supply line for the Spanish striker.
John Terry should start this game at Stamford Bridge after completing training. John Obi Mikel should also be fit following injury concerns against QPR.
This will be a very defensive game with two teams who are capable of shutting the other out. Juventus played with three central defenders in their win against Genoa on the weekend. You have to think their tactics will be the same for another tricky away tie.
Antonio Conte will, however, be absent from the Juventus dugout during the match. That is a result of the ban enforced by FIFA for his part in the recent match-fixing scandal in Italian football. Massimo Carrera is the caretaker manager.
Chelsea v Juventus Betting Tips Conclusion
Along with their defensive strengths, both sides are very good in attack and I believe they will cancel each other out on the night.
- I’m backing a draw at Stamford Bridge at biggest betting odds of 23/10 with Bet365 & Betfred.
- Mirko Vucinic looks a tempting bet to score at anytime @ 10/3 with William Hill.