Champions League| Villarreal vs Juventus| Match Preview and Prediction
It's Champions League night, and we bring you an exciting fixture as Villarreal hosts Italian giants Juventus on Tuesday night.
UEFA Champions League: Match Details
Round of 16: Villarreal vs Juventus
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica
Kick-off: 8 pm (UK timing)
Referee: Jan Seidel
A tough fixture for Villarreal lies ahead, and they look confident going into this match, as they are on a four-match unbeaten run, winning the last game 4-1 against Granada. They will be hoping to keep the score in their favor, and Unai Emery should get the best out of his player to eke out a positive result.
While Juventus had a patchy start to the season, Massimiliano Allegri has done a tremendous job, changing the club's fortunes by taking them to the top four, who were in the relegation zone. They also topped their Champions League group, which contained Chelsea.
Villarreal vs Juventus: Head-to-Head
Both the clubs have never met each other in any competition, so this will be the first head-to-head meetings to take place in the Champions League between both the clubs.
Villarreal vs Juventus: Form Guide
Villarreal vs Juventus: Trivia
- Since 2002-03, Juventus have progressed from six of their eight two-legged matches against Spanish teams in Champions League. Including the last one 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid.
- Juventus have won three of their last five games against Spanish side in Champions League. (D1 L1).
- Manager Unai Emery has only won one out of six games in Champions League round of 16. (D1 L4).
- Massimiliano Allegri has always progressed past knockout stages from four of his previous five games.
Villarreal vs Juventus: Predicted XI
Villarreal Predicted (4-3-3): Sergio Asenjo; Serge Aurier, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Manu Trigueros, Moi Gomez, Dani Parejo; Samuel Chukwueze, Boulaye Dia, Arnaut Danjuma
Juventus Predicted (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczęsny; Juan Cuadrado, Danilo, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Manuel Locatelli, Denis Zakaria, Paulo Dybala; Federico Bernardeschi, Alvaro Morata, Dusan Vlahovic
Villarreal vs Juventus: Prediction
Unai Emery has a great-players at his disposal, but we are talking about Juventus, who got solid pedigree; they also have the most sought striker of Europe, Dusan Vlahovi, who has recently burst onto the scene, so this will be his night to prove his worth on this big stage.
However, Juventus have been plagued by several injuries, which makes Villarreal slightly favorites in this game. But we predict a draw is on the cards.
Prediction: Villarreal 2-2 Juventus.
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