A tasty-looking clash is set to ensue at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night when Thomas Tuchel’s table-topping Chelsea go toe-to-toe with Italian giants Juventus in a pivotal Champions League group-stage match.
Chelsea were comfortable and clinical in victory over Leicester City at the weekend, making a tricky away match on paper look scarily easy. Antonio Rudiger got the Blues off to a flier with a brilliant headed goal before N’Golo Kante danced through the Foxes’ defence and finished with aplomb to make it 2-0 before the break.
USA international Christian Pulisic then made his point towards the manager that he should be playing more often by adding a bit more shine to the result with a third goal in the 71st-minute. This result keeps Chelsea sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table ahead of the chasing pack of Manchester City and Liverpool.
Focus must now switch, however, to the small matter of a Champions League clash against Juventus under the lights at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel is still likely to be without main striker Romelu Lukaku for this one, but he has been boosted by Timo Werner’s return to training and the German international could well come back into the side.
Chelsea v Juventus
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2021 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 1-0 Chelsea
NOV 2012 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
SEP 2012 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Juventus
MAR 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 2-2 Chelsea
FEB 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Juventus
Despite a shaky start to the season in Serie A, Juventus currently sit top of their Champions League group with maximum points so far.
They maintained their 100% record in the Champions League with a win over Zenit St Petersburg last month and managed to overcome Tuchel’s Chelsea in September thanks to a wonderful strike from Italy international Federico Chiesa just 10 seconds into the second-half.
However, it’s been a struggle in Serie A for The Old Lady. The Italian giants currently sit 8th in the division, already 11 points off league-leaders Napoli after just 13 games played. They have recently picked up back-to-back victories in the league, though, and will be desperately hoping that that is a sign of things to come.
This should be a tight and cagey affair. Chelsea will be keen to learn from the lessons of their defeat in Turin whereas Juventus will be keen to keep things tight at the back against an incredibly potent Chelsea attack. However, considering their rampant form coupled with their home advantage, the Blues should just have the edge. We’re backing Chelsea and Under 2.5 Goals.
PROFIT/LOSS (NOVEMBER 2021): LOSS -5.60 points
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