Moving into the second half of the group stages in the Champions League, clubs are entering the business and crucial end of the first part of the competition.
For Manchester United, who are sitting in second in Group H, this is a hugely important fixture given Valencia are within touching distance.
The Red Devils lost the reverse fixture at Old Trafford with an incredibly limp performance, and so José Mourinho – who is now out to 9/1 (Betway) to be the next Premier League managerial casualty – will be demanding more to come away from Turin with a result.
Juventus, on the other hand, remain undefeated in all competitions this season, and have only dropped points on one occasion. That came in a draw against Genoa, from which they will have felt very hard done by.
The Bianconeri are certainly in the driving seat with United needing to go and attack Massimiliano Allegri’s players this time round to record, at least, a valuable point.
Whenever Cristiano Ronaldo is involved in a game against his former club, it is always going to be about him. The Portugal international played well at Old Trafford and, if it wasn’t for David de Gea’s brilliance, he might have found himself on the scoresheet.
After adjusting to Italian football and with his new team-mates, Ronaldo has already mustered up seven goals and recorded six assists in 13 appearances.
Contributing either a goal or an assist, on average, every time he enters the game is a daunting thought for any opponent, let alone a Manchester United team who are suffering from defensive vulnerabilities.
With the potential absence of Mario Mandžukić to injury, Ronaldo is likely to start up front alongside Paulo Dybala and dictate Juventus’ forward play. He had a few chances at Old Trafford in their previous game, which he would have been disappointed not to have put away.
The Bianconeri are much more expressive at the Allianz Stadium and Ronaldo will reap those rewards. The Portuguese centre-forward is going to cause a nuisance to United’s naïve defence and run them riot at times.
Such is his prolificacy, Ronaldo has not failed to deliver either a goal or an assist at home this season for Juventus.
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In three of Juventus’ last four games, they have scored over 2.5 goals with the match accruing even more than that. There is a clear difference between the Bianconeri at home and away.
At the Allianz Stadium, Allegri promotes positivity and expression. The Italian coach enables his midfield and forward line to take more risks than he would away from Turin and for the players to find alternate routes in behind the opposition’s defence.
Against United in Manchester, Juventus were diligent in their approach and dominated possession around the halfway line.
While they are likely to do similar in this match given the difference in quality and team cohesion, there will be more balls played over the top and a quicker tempo in which they operate when transitioning.
Manchester United know they have to get a result out of this game. Returning without at least a point leaves them in a poor position given Valencia’s match against Young Boys as well as their home tie with the Red Devils.
Although it is not what Mourinho would prefer to do, he is going to have to succumb to the idea of pushing higher up the pitch and making sure his players are stretching Juventus’ defence and creating chances.
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It has been a common theme this season to witness Manchester United fall behind against teams and scrape their way back into games.
In their most recent fixture, against Bournemouth, they once again found themselves conceding first. It took an injury time winner from Marcus Rashford to secure the points for the Red Devils which has been a regular occurrence under Mourinho.
Allegri’s side are usually out of the blocks quickly and this match will be no different. The Italian champions will want to secure their status as group winners as early as possible and a win in this game confirms that for them.
In five of Juventus’ last six games in all competitions, they have been the team to strike first and open the deadlock.
Comparing that to United, who have only scored first on two occasions in their last eight matches, it indicates that Juventus are destined to, once again, find a way through first.
However, with the pressure firmly on United, it is plausible to suggest that the Red Devils will work their way back into this match – just as they have done in three of their last four Premier League games.
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