Juventus vs Man City 11/25/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Predictions
Man City vs Juventus
Wednesday 25th November 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Juventus Draw Manchester City See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport; Fox Sport
Proabably the game of the week in the Champions League will see Manchester City travel to Italy to take on Juventus with top place in the group up for grabs. A draw will leave both teams almost guaranteed a place in the knockout stages but I dont think either will be settling for a point in this position. Juventus kick started their season with a win over Manchester City where they went behind only to come back with two goals in the last twenty minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Can Paul Pogba inspire Juve to another victory over the sky blues in Turin? Former Manchester United full back Patrice Evra will have no love for Manchester City here and along with Pogba, Dybala and Mandzukic he has been among Juve's best players this season. This is a team that has an abundance of talent and have started to climb the league table in Italy again and will surely be fighting it out for teh Scudetto by the end of the season, they could also be in with a shout in the Champions League if they continue to improve.
While Juventus are coming good at the moment Manchester City are going in the opposite direction, two poor performances have led to dropped points in the league and the Citizens are now third in the league having led the Premier League before Saturday's fixtures kicked off. Manuel Pelligrini's side welcomed back the brilliant Argentine Sergio Aguero but he struggled against a compact Liverpool defence. Aguero did though score City's only goal and was industrious and involved in most of the good that City did but will need a few games to get back to being able for 90 minutes. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were poor against Liverpool as well with neither being able to get on enough ball to produce the quality needed to break down Liverpool's solid defence. On Wednesday they will face one of the best defences in Europe and will need to be better.
Manchester City's best performance of the season was on game week four when they destoryed Sevilla in Spain and it was probably their best display in Europe. Vincent Kompany will be missing though and the City captain is a huge loss and could be the decisive factor for me here. I'm going to take Juventus to get the win here at a good price, I think Juve will be too strong across the midfield and up front. While Aguero may cause Juve problems at the back there is a chance that Pelligrini leaves him out to prevent injury given he only returned at the weekend and will not be 100% yet.