Since PSG, one of the pre-tournament favorites, got knocked out of the UCL, the odds of the other contenders, including Juventus, to win the Champions League just improved.
After losing Cristiano Ronaldo just before the summer transfer window closed, Juventus hit a rough patch and struggled to register points on the board. Their form stabilized, however and the team started playing better toward the end of 2021. They have now risen to 4th in the Serie A and still have an outside chance at winning the League.
They’ve fared better in the Champions League this season, finishing with 15 points in the group stages and leaving Villarreal with a draw in the first leg.
Villarreal are not expected to progress far in this competition and are actually expected to lose in this round. However, they’ve gained a reputation in recent years for shocking bigger clubs and if they catch a lucky break, they can do the same here and progress to the Quarter-finals at the Old Lady’s expense?
Read on for our H2H analysis, team news and match prediction below!
Juventus Vs Villarreal H2H
This fixture has a very small sample size with just two games. Surprisingly, the home team has won neither of those games. Villarreal have won one game, while the other ended in a draw.
They have a limited history between them so it’s impossible to compare their last 5 H2H games.
Their current league standings favors the home side. Juventus are currently in 4th position in the Serie A with 56 points while Villarreal, with 45 points, lie in 7th place in the Spanish La Liga.
Reflecting their improved form, Juventus have won four of their last five games and drawn the fifth. (Form: W-W-W-W-D)
In that period, Villarreal have three games, lost one and drawn the last (Form: W-L-W-D-W)
Juventus Vs Villarreal H2H Team News
Federico Chiesa, Weston McKennie, Leonardo Bonucci and Denis Zakaria are all injured and will most likely not be named to the Juventus squad.
Predicted Juventus Squad: Wojciech Szczesny. Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro. Juan Cuadrado, Manuel Locatelli, Arthur, Adrien Rabiot. Alvaro Morata, Dušan Vlahović.
Alberto Moreno is definitely out for Villarreal while Gerrard Moreno, Paco Alacer and Ruben Pena will undergo a fitness test to see if they’ll be fit in time for the game.
Predicted Villarreal squad: Gerónimo Rulli. Alfonso Pedraza, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Juan Foyth. Yeremy Pino, Etienne Capoue, Dani Parejo, Samuel Chukwueze. Giovani Lo Celso. Arnaut Danjuma.
Juventus Vs Villarreal Prediction
Villarreal have some notable scalps tied to their belt in recent seasons, including Arsenal and Manchester United. We expect the Old Lady to sink the Yellow Submarine, however. The Juventus players have the edge in attacking quality and defensive nous and we expect that difference in quality to show tomorrow.
Our prediction: An outright Juventus win.
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