Chelsea will make the trip to Turin for Match Day 2 encounter with Juventus as UEFA Champions League returns in midweek.
It’s an away game which is arguably the star game as both Juventus and Thomas Tuchel’s side clash in the duel on Wednesday Evening.
Chelsea and Juventus will be for sure well-motivated ahead of this tie knowing that a win will likely decide the shape of the group (H) with respect to the group winners.
Chelsea edge Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to secure the vital three points at home.
While Juventus thumped Malmo FF to join Chelsea at the top of Group H. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be keen to go against Juventus for the fifth time in the club’s history and the Blues will hope for a resounding outcome against the Bianconeri of Turin.
JUVENTUS TEAM NEWS, INJURIES
Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata were withdrawn in Juventus’s 3-2 win over Sampdoria on Sunday.
And it’s certain that the Argentine is ruled out of the Chelsea tie. Kaio Jorge and Brazil’s midfielder Arthur are absentees for the Serie A giants ahead of this one.
Dejan Kulusevski is expected to come in to replace Dybala in the Juve side with striker Moise Kean taking his place up front in the attacking set-up.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS, INJURIES
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the Chelsea trio of Reece James, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic is out of the Juventus clash due to injury.
N’Golo Kante has just tested positive for Coronavirus and is expected to be out until after the international assignment.
Midfielder Jorginho was hauled off with a knock in the loss at home to Manchester City but Tuchel would hope for good news on his fitness level especially as new signing Saul Niguel is still taking his time to adapt to proceedings at the European Champions Chelsea.
Thiago Silva is expected to start in the heart of Chelsea’s defence while Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta will take the place of the injured Reece James at right back.
However, Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and German football made easy Kai Havertz are also in line to feature especially in the absence of Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount.
JUVENTUS PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Wojciech Szcezesny; Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Federico Chiesa, Rodrigo Bentancur, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot; Moise Kean, Dejan Kulusevski.
CHELSEA PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Hakim Ziyech ,Kai Havertz; Romelu Lukaku.
Juventus and Chelsea have three points going into this UEFA Champions League clash. But both sides know that goal difference could play a role in who tops the group and get a favourable draw in the knockout stages of the competition.
And with both sides needing the result in this game, it promises to be a closely contested 90 minutes of football despite the niggling injuries here and there that seem to blight the high profile game.
However, we expect a sore draw in this one based on the aspiration of the two sides involved. While the attacking options available are expected to hit the back of the net at least however few it may be in this match.
PREDICTION RESULT; JUVENTUS 2-2 CHELSEA
Chelsea has scored less than 2.5 goals in their last 9 games of the UEFA Champions League.
Juventus have netted more than 2.5 goals in their last 7 games in the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea has not conceded in 6 of their last 8 games in the Champions League. Juventus have won 6 of their last 7 games in the Champions League. And it’s a source of worry for Chelsea.
Chelsea has won their last 3 UEFA Champions League game.
Juventus have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches in the UEFA Champions League.
Juventus have seen over 2.5 goals in the last 3 matches against Chelsea across all competitions.
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