Preview - Juventus vs Valencia 28 November 18

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Champions' League Group H
Juventus vs. Valencia
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.15
Average goals against per match: 0.62
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (9)

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 0.85
Average goals against per match: 0.69
Top Scorer: Dani Parejo, Kevin Gameiro & Santi Mina (2)

It's all still up for grabs in Group H in the Champions League, with it being possible that any two from Juventus, Manchester United and Valencia will make it through to the knockout stages. Topping the table at present it is Juventus who are in the driving seat, and this week sees them welcome third placed Valencia to the Allianz Stadium. A win for Juventus here coupled with a win for Manchester United at home against Young Boys would be enough to dump Valencia out of the competition.

Juventus were reduced to ten men in the reverse of this game, but still had enough in the locker to come away from Valencia with a 2-0 victory. The Spanish side will need to put in a vastly improved performance if they are to come away with anything here.

Sami Khedira, Emre Can, Federico Bernardeschi and Leonardo Spinazzola are all out for the home side. Valencia look to be in the fortunate position of having a fully fit squad from which to select.

Both sides arrive here in pretty good form having each won four of their past five in all competitions.

Juventus have won 11 of their last 13 at home in all competitions, but only one of their past five on home soil in the Champions League.

Valencia have won only one of their past seven away from home in the Champions League. The visitors do have to give this a good go though and may just salvage a draw.

Prediction: Juventus 1 - 1 Valencia


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  13 - 4
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 59% - 41%

Not many goals around in this one. Plenty of bookings though. Referee William Collum taking the names of Rodrigo Bentancur, Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuide of Juventus and Jose Gaya, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Mouctar Diakhaby, Goncalo Guedes an Michy Batshuayi of Valencia.

A narrow score line, but a pretty comfortable victory for Juventus in the end. Miles ahead in the shot count and on top in possession, they restricted Valencia to just the two efforts on target over the course of the ninety minutes and in the end one goal was enough.

It was however Valencia who came closest in what was a fairly uneventful first half. Mouctar Diakhaby powering a header on goal following a corner right on the stroke of half time, only for Wojciech Szczesny to pull off a fine save.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game came in the 59th minute. Fine piece of skill in the right-hand side of the area from Cristiano Ronaldo to bamboozle his marker and drill in a low ball across the six yard box. Mario Mandzukic the man on hand to tap in from close range.

Valencia did actually have the ball in the net soon after following a free kick from the left. Unfortunately Diakhaby used his arm to finish though and the effort was chalked off. 1-0 final score.

That's Group H all done and dusted in terms of qualification with a game to spare then. Valencia will definitely head into the Europa League, whilst the Match Day 6 fixtures will determine who finishes top between Juventus and Manchester United. A win at Young Boys will definitely be enough for Juve.

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