Juventus will face Leverkusen on Tuesday in front of their own fans for the second Matchday of the Champions League group stage. Both teams have started their national campaigns in a satisfactory manner. Juventus sit second on the table, just two points behind the pacesetters Inter, while Bayer Leverkusen are a single point down the Champions League qualifying zone. Sarri will ask for focus from his boys after dropping points in the last minutes against Atletico, while on the other hand the Germans are eager to earn their first points after a shocking loss to Lokomotiva Moskow.
Juve won their last game to SPAL recording their third consecutive win in Serie A, but that blowing goalless draw against Fiorentina is keeping them second to the league leaders Inter. In the last Champions League match against Atletico they looked destined for a victory after the 2-0 lead with the goals from Matuidi and Cuadrado, only for Atletico to turn back the result in the final last 20 minutes and rescue a draw. Juventus remain among the favourites to succeed in Europe, but their recent record in the competition has been fairly poor with only three wins at home in their last six outcomes.
Bayer Leverkusen News:
Bayer Leverkusen managed to win their last two Bundesliga matches and look in a good form, but it has been a poor start for them in the opening match of the Champions League as they lost at home against Lokomotiva Moskow. To be highlighted the bad record Leverkusen has when visiting italy. Their only win was twenty years back, when they won against Udinese. It will be a tough trip for them to Turin and it is evident they lack the quality to face Europe’s elite sides.
Juventus Team News:
Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo, Douglas Costa, Matia Perin and De Sciglio are all set to miss the clash against Leverkusen due to injuries. The right-back position is expected to be covered by a forced emergency choice Cuadrado. Cristiano Ronaldo is back and eager to show his quality.
Bayer Leverkusen Team News:
Bayer Leverkusen have to deal only with the miss of Leon Bailey who has been suffering from a muscle injury since the clash against Lokomotiv Moskow.
Juventus Lineups: Wojciech Szczesny, Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro Adrien Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Aaron Ramsey, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo; Coach: Maurizio Sarri
Subs: Buffon, Demiral, Rugani, Khedira, Bernardeschi, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Dybala
Bayer Leverkusen Lineups: Lucas Hradecky, Mitchell Weiser, Aleksandar Dragovic, Sven Bender, Daley Sinkgraven, Julian Baumgartlinger, Charles Aranguiz, Kai Havertz, Nadiem Amiri, Kevin Volland, Lucas Alario; Coach: Martin Schmidt
Subs: Luthe, Framberger, Gregoritsch, Jensen, Moravek, Baier, Hahn, Schieber, Cordova
-Juventus and Leverkusen have met twice in this century in the group stage of the 2002 season, and both sides have one win. That season Bayer Leverkusen went all the way to the finals only to lose against Real Madrid.
-This season, Juventus is an unbeaten streak of eight games. They’ve drawn twice, and one of them was against Atletico Madrid last round of the ChL group stage.
-Bayer Leverkusen lost their opening match at home against Lokomotiv Moskow.
Juventus is entering the match eager to gain the first three points after letting the two goals advantage slip against Athletico, while Bayer Leverkusen has nothing to lose and will go to Turin all guns blazing. We think Leverkusen will be another tough opponent for the hosts, but we don’t see much value to the visitors to find Juve exposed.
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