Juventus v Manchester City preview – Top spot in Group D at stake

Manchester City will be looking for revenge at the Juventus Stadium tonight

Juventus v Manchester City preview – Top spot in Group D at stake

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Glen Laidlaw

November 25th, 2015

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While Juventus are sitting second in Group D and yet to clinch a place in the last sixteen of this season’s Champions League, the runners-up of last season are one of only five sides yet to taste defeat at this stage of the tournament.

This statistic might be hard for some to believe, given that the reigning Serie A champions won just once in their opening six domestic matches and currently sit nine points adrift of leaders Inter Milan.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side have bounced back from that dreadful start however and with confidence growing, they have lost just once in their last seven domestic games. They prepared for tonight’s clash with Manchester City with a 1-0 win over AC Milan, boss Allegri describing the outcome of that clash as a ‘step in the right direction’.

Indeed, victories against both Manchester City and Sevilla put Juventus firmly on course for a place in the last sixteen, however subsequent back-to-back draws with Borussia Monchengladbach have meant that the Old Lady need to get a decent result tonight in order to qualify.

Can they achieve this against a Manchester City side still reeling from their shock 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool at the weekend? They certainly can, however City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to steer his side back to the form which took them to top spot in the Premier League.

At least City have Sergio Aguero back in their ranks and the international forward has certainly lost little of his goalscoring skills, as demonstrated when he pulled on back for the Citizens before the interval on Saturday.

The basic fact is that City have effectively qualified for the knockout stages irrespective of tonight’s result and will settle for a draw tonight, although they will still fancy themselves to avenge for their defeat by Juventus at the start of the campaign. Nevertheless, with Juve also needing a single point to qualify for the last sixteen, we feel that a draw looks the most realistic outcome of this match. Back a Juventus/Manchester City draw at 12/5 with Bet365.

 

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