Preview - Juventus vs Manchester United 08 November 18

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Champions' League Group H
Juventus vs. Manchester United
Thursday, November 8th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match: 2.18
Average goals against per match: 0.73
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (7)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.73
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Anthony Martial (5)

Manchester United take on Juventus for the second time in a fortnight in Group H in the Champions League this week, as they bid to hold on to second spot in the table. With Valencia playing Young Boys at home though, defeat here may well see José Mourinho's men slip down to third.

It was Juventus who came out on top in the first game, and whilst the margin of victory may have been small - 1-0 - the difference in quality between the sides was in truth much greater than that would suggest at times. Life will likely be even tougher for United over in Italy.

On the plus side for the Red Devils, they do at least arrive here in decent form having won their last two in the Premier League. Their recent draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will likely also give them some confidence headed into this.

Douglas Costa, Emre Can, Moise Kean, Leonardo Spinazzola and Federico Bernardeschi are out for the home side. Manchester United will be without Romelu Lukaku, Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rojo.

Manchester United do look to be improving following something of a rickety start to the season - with Anthony Martial in particular now beginning to show some long-awaited sparkle - but they may just be biting off more than they can chew here. We see this ending in a home win.

Prediction: Juventus 3 - 1 Manchester United


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 -2
Shots:  15 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 57% - 43%

Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala were booked for the home side with referee Ovidiu Hategan also taking the names of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial of Manchester United.

Something of a shock over in Turin as Manchester United suggested that perhaps their recent improvement in form is for good this time with a big win on the road, and in typically dramatic Manchester United style too.

It was Juventus who came closest in the first half. Juan Cuadrado forcing David De Gea into a smart stop and Sami Khedira striking the foot of the post when he really ought to have scored. 0-0 at the break though.

Paulo Dybala then struck the bar as Juventus continued to push, before - who else but - Cristiano Ronaldo gave the home side the lead with a fine strike in the 65th minute. Leonardo Bonucci lofting the ball forward and Ronaldo smashing home a first time volley into the right hand side as the ball dropped over his shoulder.

Juventus had their chances to put this game to bed, but didn't take them and in the 86th minute they paid the price. Awarded a free kick dead centre on the edge of the D, Juan Mata did what we have seen him do many times in the past and curled an effort up and over the wall and into the top left.

Then in the 89th minute the home fans were stunned as United stole all three points. A free kick from deep on the left being swung in dangerously and making it all the way through to keeper Wojciech Szczesny. Szczesny got to it but only palmed the ball straight onto Leonadro Bonucci and in it went for the own goal. 1-2 final score.

Huge result for Manchester United this one. Keeping them in the top two, it doesn't guarantee their passage through to the next round, but should they avoid defeat in Valencia, it would take a very strange turn of events for them not to make it.

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