Juventus will take on Villarreal at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening of 16 March in the return leg of the Champions League 1/8 final. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, so which side will be the better side? Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at download 1xbet app.
They have not been themselves this season: Back in the summer, the fans were delighted to see Massimo Allegri back in charge, but a couple of months later their optimism waned. Instead of challenging for the league title, the Italian side are now locked in a bottom-four position in Serie A. They have amassed 56 points in 29 games, 7 points adrift of runners-up AC Milan. The signing of Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic from Fioretina in the winter transfer window is paying off.
In the last 4 games, Juve have won 4 games, 3 of them by a narrow margin. Last weekend, the Bianconerri defeated Sampdoria 3-1 away. They have defender Leonardo Bonucci, midfielders McKeni and Caio Jorge and winger Federico Chiesa out injured. In the group stage of the Champions League, Torino finished top of the group with Chelsea and Zenit with 15 points.
Unai Emery’s side sit seventh with 45 points from 28 games played. They are now 2 points behind Real Sociedad in the Europa League zone. “Villarreal have scored 48 goals and conceded 26 and they are in good form; they have won five of their last eight games, with two draws (including the 0-0 win against Real Madrid). On Saturday, the visitors beat stalwart Celta 1-0 at home thanks to a Dani Parejo goal (2.0).
On the injured side are forward Paco Alcacer, centre-back Alvaro Moreno and centre-back Ruben Peña. The participation of the team’s top scorer Gerard Moreno is also questionable.
Prior to the game on February 22, the teams had never met each other in official matches.
Juventus vs Villarreal
This pairing is one of the most evenly matched and unpredictable. The coaches of both teams preach cautious football. “Juventus are certain to play first choice, with the home stands spurring them on. However, Max Allegri’s side are finding it difficult to score goals (1.4 per game on average). The visitors, on the other hand, will lock horns and try to look for their chances on the counterattack. We predict close football, so a bet on total goals less than 2.5 looks safe.