After a run of just one win from six matches, Juventus host Champions League Group H rivals Benfica in Turin on Wednesday night.
Juve in the obligation of results
After suffering their first loss of the season at Paris, wiped out by a double Kylian Mbappe, Juventus sought to return to winning ways on Sunday evening, receiving the Salernitana on the sixth day of Serie A. In vain.
The men ofAllegri therefore meet at the eighth place nationally before resuming the Champions Leagueand they can’t afford to make another misstep in Group H, where only one place in the Round of 16 is up for grabs between three teams, PSG can fly away.
Traditionally, Juventus experienced difficulties when meeting with Benfica over the years: one win and four losses in six matches. The last meeting between the two clubs dates back to the semi-finals of theEuropa League 2014where Portuguese imposed themselves 2-1 overall, after a goalless draw in Turin.
Benfica wants to continue its good series
This time, Eagles arrive in Piedmont on the strength of a glittering series of home and away results that have seen them win each of their 11 matches since the start of the season.
After going through the playoffs of the champions league with convincing victories over FC Midtjylland and Dynamo Kyiv last month, the team of Roger Schmidt beat the Maccabi Haifa last week on matchday one of the group stage, thanks to goals from Rafa Silva and Alex Grimaldo.
Although it is still early in the process, their meetings with Juventus should prove decisive in this regard. Schmidt will therefore want his men to continue their remarkable series until next weekend.
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Hecatomb on the Juve side
Juventus is still plagued with injury problems this season, as not only the Bianconeri will have long-time absentees Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesabut Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot, Angel Di Maria and Wojciech Szczesny added to the list this weekend. They will be uncertain for the meeting.
On his side, Roger Schmidt will be deprived of the three defenders Joe Victor, Lucas Verissimo and Morato due to injury.
The probable compositions
The probable composition of Juve (in 4 – 3 – 3) Perin – Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer, Sandro-Miretti, Paredes, McKennie – Cuadrado, Vlahovic, Kostic
The probable composition of Benfica (in 4 – 3 – 3) Vlachodimos – Gilberto, Otamendi, A. Silva, Grimaldo – Fernandez, Luis; Draxler – R. Silva, Mario; Ramos