UEFA Champions League 2021-22: Chelsea vs Juventus. Preview and Prediction. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Chelsea News & Current Form:
On 2 November, Chelsea secured their third successive win in the Champions League group stage to take nine points and second place in the group. The Aristocrats have only conceded one goal in this competition – and this happened against Juventus, in the first game.
In the last UCL encounter, the London side enjoyed a huge statistical advantage, but the finishing was poor on that day: 22 shots against Malmö resulted in only one converted goal. In the 56th minute, Hakim Ziyech tapped in a Hudson-Odoi pass and brought the Blues another win with decent bonuses in terms of money.
All of the above makes it obvious that Thomas Tuchel’s men’s leading position in the English Premier League is a legitimate and well-deserved achievement. The Aristocrats easily defeated Leicester 3-0 away on Saturday to claim their ninth win and 29 points.
The gap to second-placed Man City is now three points, keeping the championship intrigue alive.
Kovačić, who has a muscular injury, is unavailable tonight and Lukaku’s appearance is still in doubt.
Juventus News & Current Form:
Juventus have already gained some serious momentum in Serie A, when, after a disappointing start to the season, they finally found their groove and put together a brilliant winning streak.
Recent results have been mixed, but this latest encounter should offer some hope for the future. Last Saturday, the Zebras clinched a win against a tough Lazio. Two penalty kicks, converted by Leonardo Bonucci (2-0), proved decisive.
After 13 rounds, the Old Lady have recorded six wins and three peaceful outcomes, which have yielded 21 points, which is only eighth place. However, they are just four points adrift of fourth-placed Atalanta.
In the UEFA Champions League, Massimiliano Allegri’s side produced the maximum number of victories – four in four games – that earned them an early qualification to the spring stage. It is impossible not to mention the strong defensive play, where the Italian team conceded just twice.
Danilo, De Sciglio, Dнbala, Chiellini, Ramsey and Bernardeschi, who has a groin injury, cannot play today.
Chelsea vs Juventus Head-To-Head Record:
Chelsea last matches (all competitions): W-W-W-W-D-W
Juventus last matches (all competitions): D-L-L-W-W-W
Chelsea vs Juventus Predicted XI:
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva; Reece James, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount; Kai Havertz.
Juventus (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Juan Cuadrado, Weston McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot; Alvaro Morata, Federico Chiesa.
What has been said before the match:
“We will not risk our qualification and go all in if the situation is like this, but we will try everything to win the game and the group and to do this, we have to win the game.”
“We need to improve our conversion rate. We create important situations but we are still making mistakes in the final third. Either Moise Kean or Álvaro Morata will play. Or maybe both will be given a chance. Both did well against Lazio [on Saturday].”
Statistical preview of the match Chelsea vs Juventus:
- Both teams have conceded very few goals in the Champions League, with Juventus conceding 2 and Chelsea just 1.
- Juventus have won only 5 of their 23 away European Cup games against teams from England (6 draws, 12 defeats).
- Chelsea have lost only 2 of their 10 home Eurocup games against teams from Italy (5 wins, 3 draws).
Chelsea vs Juventus Prediction:
Chelsea will play aiming for a win. Firstly, they want to avenge their first-round defeat. Secondly, they still have an incentive to do so, as Juve currently sit three points clear at the top of the table and it is still possible to beat them in two remaining rounds and occupy the first position to get an easier opponent in the playoffs.
In addition, they have a good winning streak in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. Don`t forget that the Blues claimed the trophy last season – they definitely know what to do.
Considering that Chelsea have not conceded at home in three games in a row, and Juventus have only allowed 2 goals in 4 games in this Champions League – we will also take a look at the Under 2.5 total. After all, the teams were also unproductive in the first leg.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Chelsea to win and less than 2.5 scored in the match.