Preview - Valencia vs Juventus 19 September 18

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Champions' League Group H
Valencia vs. Juventus
Thursday, September 19th 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mestalla Stadium

Valencia: 
Last five matches form: D L D W D
17/18 Average goals per match: 1.71
17/18 Average goals against per match: 1.00
17/18 Top Scorer: Rodrigo (16)

Juventus:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
17/18 Average goals per match: 2.26
17/18 Average goals against per match: 0.63
17/18 Top Scorer: Paolo Dybala (22)

Cristiano Ronaldo makes his return to Spain this week as his Juventus side travel to the Mestalla to take on Valencia in what looks set to be another cracking Champions League encounter.

It was pain in Spain for Juventus last season as they crashed out to that controversial last gasp Ronaldo penalty against Real Madrid last season. As one of the favourites to lift this year's trophy, they will be looking to come away with a much more positive result here.

Valencia are winless in four La Liga games this season, with just the three draws to show for their efforts to date. The home side will be without Geoffrey Kondogbia and Francis Coquelin in the centre of the park.

Juventus have looked a far cry from their best at times in Serie A so far this season, but it is a testament to the ability within the squad that they have nevertheless won all four league outings so far this term. Having bagged his first Juve goals when grabbing a brace at the weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo will no doubt be itching to add to his all-time record Champions League haul.

Home advantage looks to be about the only thing Valencia have in their favour. Having failed to beat Levante, Real Betis and Espanyol in their last three games, it's difficult to see them raising their game sufficiently to get anything out of this one.


Prediction: Valencia 1 - 3 Juventus

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  23 - 9
Shots on target: 12 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 2
Possession: 52% - 48%

A busy afternoon for referee Felix Brych who awarded three penalty kicks, issued six yellow cards and reduced Cristiano Ronaldo to tears with a straight red. Daniel Parejo, Jeison Murillo and Ruben Veso of Valencia and Alex Sandro, Wojciech Szczesny and Daniele Rugani of Juventus were the players to have their names taken.

A typically gritty defensive display from Juventus in the end, as despite being down to ten men for over an hour, they still toughed it out to pick up a valuable win on the road.

Juventus were the better side early. Cristiano Ronaldo scuffing one decent opportunity and Sami Khedira missing a sitter when well place in front of goal.

Then came the games real moment of controversy in the 29th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo shown the straight red card for what looked to be a nail scrape along the top of Murillo's head. Tears from CR7 who now looks set to miss his return to Manchester United.

Still Juventus pushed forward though. Joao Cancelo rattling the crossbar. In the immediate aftermath of the rebound though a high foot from Daniel Parejo saw the referee point to the spot. Miralem Pjanic stepping up to find the bottom right corner right on the stroke of half time.

The second penalty came in the 51st minute. Jeison Murillo attempting a rugby tackle following a corner kick, leaving the referee little choice. Pjanic again. Bottom right again. 0-2.

Valencia were given a chance to get back one back in the 90th minute. A forearm smash by Daniele Rugani seeing a spot kick awarded to Valencia. Wojciech Szczesny comfortably saved Daniel Parejo's effort though. 0-2 final score.



 

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