Defending European champions Chelsea host Juventus at Stamford Bridge in a decisive clash for first place in Champions League’s Group E. Both sides have already secured qualification, but it’s the Italians who have the upper hand in the group after beating Thomas Tuchel’s side in Turin.
Where and when: Stamford Bridge – 23 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Chelsea vs. Juventus: BT Sport
Last time: Federico Chiesa scored the only goal as Juventus beat Chelsea 1-0 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin towards the end of September.
Chelsea v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Juventus will be hoping to continue their impressive European displays on Tuesday evening when the Turin giants visit London for a Group H Champions League clash with defending champions Chelsea. The Bianconeri are in first place with 12 points after winning all of their previous four games in the group, including a 1-0 victory over the English side in September.
However, Chelsea are only three points behind and can take top spot if they beat the Italians before the final round. Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmo are the other teams in the group, but they are already out of the fight for a top-two finish, which means that Chelsea and Juve have already secured their place in the knockout phase.
The hosts are undefeated in eight consecutive games in all competitions and have only narrowly lost 1-0 against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, with their second defeat this term being the loss against Juventus in Italy.
Massimiliano Allegri got the upper hand over Thomas Tuchel in that game, as despite Chelsea dominating possession and having 16 shots towards goal, the Blues managed just one shot on target and deservedly lost. Considering Juve’s counter-attacking setup paid off in Turin, it’s unlikely that Allegri will change much this time, so the English side have to be extremely careful not to repeat the mistakes from the first game.
Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku are both in doubt for this match, but both are expected to recover in time, so Tuchel should have a full squad to chose from. Kai Havertz might start in a false nine role if the striking duo remain out, while Allegri should be able to count on Paulo Dybala and former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, who both missed the first game. However, Federico Bernardeschi and Giorgio Chiellini are both expected to miss out, so expect Matthijs de Ligt and ex-Chelsea man Juan Cuadrado to take their spots in Juve’s starting XI.
Unlike their impressive form in the Champions League, Juventus have been struggling immensely in Serie A, where they spent the international break in eighth after only winning five of their first 12 games. Nevertheless, the Bianconeri seem to be capable of getting the best out of themselves on the big European nights, so they are definitely capable of hurting Chelsea.
In fact, Juve are undefeated in their last four meetings with the Blues and have kept a clean sheet in the last two. Chelsea’s last victory over the Bianconeri dates back to 2009, when Didier Drogba’s strike was enough for a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Juve’s good European form, Chelsea are 3/4 to get the three points and keep their hopes alive for first place in the group before the final round. However, the Italians have already shown their defensive prowess, so the draw also seems like a good choice at 27/10. While the hosts would be foolish to allow a repeat of the scenario from the first game, a win for the Bianconeri can’t be written off and it can be backed at 15/4.
One to watch for Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku has been sidelined for almost a month because of an injury, but he should be available for selection against Juventus. The 28-year-old failed to find the back of the net in the first leg and has a very poor overall record against Juventus, but is 10/3 to open the scoring in these Chelsea v Juventus predictions.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Chiesa scored the winning goal in Juventus’ 1-0 victory in the first meeting between these teams in September, while the Italian was also on target in the 4-2 win over Zenit last time out. Chiesa has been on a good streak lately and is 19/2 to break the deadlock on Tuesday.
Long shot: While it’s impossible to tell which face of Juventus we’ll see, five of the last seven victories for the Bianconeri were 1-0. This was also the result from the game in Turin, so a repeat of that scenario can be backed up at 12/1, while it rises to 103/1 if you add Morata as the scorer.