Preview - Manchester United vs Juventus 24 October 18

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Champions' League Group H
Manchester United vs. Juventus
Wednesday, October 24th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form: L L D W D
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.78
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba & Anthony Martial (4)

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.11
Average goals against per match: 0.67
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (5)

It's a big one at Old Trafford in the Champions League this week as two of the biggest sides in world football lock horns. It's Manchester United vs Juventus in Group H.

Juventus have been perfect in the Group so far, beating both Valencia and Young Boys in their opening two games. Manchester United currently lie in second spot having beaten Young Boys away and drawn with Valencia at home.

Manchester United have won both previous Champions League clashes between these sides. Winning 2-1 here and famously 3-0 in Turin in 2003.

Alexis Sanchez is on the injured list for Manchester United with Jesse Lingard looking set to join him.

The big news for Juventus - and indeed one of the main stories heading into this game - is of course the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo is free to face his former club having served his suspension in the last round. Daniele Rugiani, Sami Khedira, Leonardo Spinazzola and Mario Mandzukic do miss out for the visitors though.

Manchester United posted what was just about their best performance of the season last time out when picking up a draw at in form Chelsea. They face another stern test here though against a Juventus side who have lost just once in their past 20 games in all competitions.

Improved as United were last time out, Juventus look to hold a huge edge when it comes to the defensive capabilities of these two sides. We suspect that may prove telling in the end and see the Italian champions coming out on top.

Prediction: Manchester United 1 - 2 Juventus


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  4 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%

Blaise Matuidi and Giorgio Chiellini were booked for Juventus in this one with Ashley Young being the sole Manchester United player to have his name taken by referee Milorad Mazic.

Juventus are currently flying high in Serie A, whilst Manchester United muddle on in mid table in the Premier League. That statement suggests a gulf in class between these two sides at present and tonight it showed. The winning margin may only have been narrow but this was a comfortable success for the visitors. Getting in front early, the remainder of the game was played at their pace and they never really looked like relinquishing that lead.

The only goal of the game came in the 17th minute. Chris Smalling did well to prevent Juan Cuadrado getting on the end of Cristiano Ronaldo's low cross from the right-hand side, but when the ball ricocheted to Paolo Dybala around seven yards from goal the Argentine had the simple task of slotting past David De Gea into the bottom right.

Juventus had the better of the remaining chances but found De Gea in inspired form, with one fingertip save from Ronaldo in particular catching the eye.

Paul Pogba did go close for United when thumping a 25 yarder against the foot of the post, but that's really as good as it got for the home side.

Juventus are perfect so far in Group H with three wins from three. United remain in second and headed into the knockout stages as things stand. With daunting road trips to Juventus and Valencia both still to come though they will need to be careful if they are to avoid the ignominy of an early exit to add to their current woes.

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