Juventus have made an inauspicious start to life under new manager Andrea Pirlo, piling the pressure on the Bianconeri when they travel to Hungary to play Ferencvaros on Wednesday night. The Green and Whites were expected to be the Group G whipping boys, but claimed their first Champions League point since the 1995/96 season last time out.
Where and when: Groupama Arena – 4 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Ferencvaros vs. Juventus: BT Sport
Last time: This will be the first time these teams have crossed paths, so whatever happens on Wednesday night, Champions League history will be made.
Ferencvaros v Juventus Predictions and Preview
The last time Ferencvaros were in the Champions League group stages some 25 years ago, they were crushed 6-1 by Real Madrid before bouncing straight back with a famous 1-1 draw in the return fixture against the La Liga giants. The Hungarians go in search of another historic result against a European heavyweight in Juventus this week.
Ferencvaros were thumped 5-1 by the other half of Spain’s Clasico rivalry in their Group G opener, but responded to that mauling by Barcelona with a dramatic 2-2 draw against Dynamo Kiev in their second fixture. The Hungarian champions came back from two goals down in that game to claim a point through a last-minute Franck Boli equaliser.
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Juventus, meanwhile, were outclassed by Barcelona in losing 2-0 to the Catalans on home soil in their last Champions League fixture, having seen off Kiev 2-0 in Ukraine the week before. Pirlo is struggling to get the Old Lady singing to his tune, with reports already starting to leak that his job won’t be safe should the poor form continue for much longer.
As absurd as that may be, the Bianconeri boss will at least have star man Cristiano Ronaldo back for this game, after the Portuguese forward was forced to sit out the defeat to Barca following a series of positive Covid-19 tests. Ronaldo undoubtedly makes a huge difference to the Juve team, and with him in it, they are the overwhelming favourites for the win at 1/4.
It would be an almighty shock if Ferencvaros manage to pick up a win in this game, but at least their manager, former Dynamo Kiev, Tottenham and Ukraine striker Sergiy Rebrov, has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Even so, the hosts are out at 14/1 with William Hill to pick up an unlikely victory in these Ferencvaros v Juventus predictions, with the draw on Wednesday available at 11/2.
One to watch for Ferencvaros: Kenya-born winger Tokmac Nguen scored the goal that got the Green Eagles back into the game against Kiev, and with four Champions League goals to his name this season including qualifiers, he is 13/1 to score the opener in this match.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo has been keen to show the world he’s fit and raring to go following his coronavirus quarantine, with the Portuguese 15/8 to open his Champions League account for the season by breaking the deadlock on Wednesday.
Long shot: Juventus aren’t in great form at present, and Ferencvaros will surely never have a better opportunity to get a result against the Old Lady. The Hungarians are 12/1 to repeat the famous 1-1 draw they got against Madrid 25 years ago, rising to 30/1 if you add Ronaldo as the first goalscorer, as the Green Eagles come from behind to claim a point on home soil for the second Champions League game in a row.