Juventus have won two opening matches in the current Champions League. Will Sergey Semak’s charges take points away from the leader of Group H? Our forecast: “Old Lady” will again be closer to success! Full statistics and odds for the match can be found at 1xbet.ng app download.
Team form “Zenith”
Zenit is the strongest club in Russia for the last three seasons, and in the current championship the blue-white-blue are in the lead in the standings. Sergei Semak, as a mentor for the Nevsky club, was always successful in the Premier League, but on the international arena he never managed to get out of the Champions League group. Fortunately, his players started the current draw of the main club tournament of the continent quite well: at first they fought well against Chelsea in London, although they lost – 0: 1, and then defeated Malmö at home – 4: 0. It seemed that in the local championship Zenit would definitely continue to beat everyone in a row, but in the last two rounds they sensationally lost to Sochi and Tula Arsenal with the same score – 1: 2, but these failures did not affect the team’s standings. from Saint-Petersburg.
Juventus team form
Juventus has experimented with head coaches in recent years, but nothing good came of it, so Massimiliano Allegri returned to Turin in the summer. Surprisingly, under his leadership, “Old Lady” started the current championship very poorly: in four starting rounds they managed to be content with only two draws with two defeats. Of course, gradually the “black and white” began to gain momentum, having won four victories in a row in Serie A, including over “Roma” in the last round – 1: 0. The Italians also perform well in the Champions League, where in the first match they defeated Malmö – 3: 0, and then dealt with Chelsea at home – 1: 0, which allows Juventus to lead in the standings of Group H …
The history of personal meetings between the teams “Zenith” and “Juventus”
In the entire history of the team, there have been only two personal meetings with each other. They took place as part of the group stage of the Champions League in the 2008/09 season, when in the first game a goal by Alessandro Del Pierro brought Juventus a 1: 0 victory, and the second meeting ended in a draw – 0: 0.
Professional bets and predictions
Zenit has already managed to win one victory in the current Champions League, which they did not manage to do last season. Yes, the opponents were the modest Malmö, but the blue-white-blue already have three points in their piggy bank, which practically guarantees them getting into the Europa League. Alas, it will be very difficult to fight for a continuation in the main club tournament of the continent, as Juventus gradually gained speed, having won in the last five games in a row. Yes, “black and white” do not crush opponents, winning every time with a difference of only one goal, but this is the essence of Massimiliano Allegri’s football, which he is not going to give up, as it gives the result. As a result, the bet on the victory of Juventus suggests itself with an odds of about 2.30.
Massimiliano Allegri returned to Juventus in the summer, but he was able to convey his principles of play to the team only by the end of September, after which the black and white won three victories in a row with the same score – 1: 0. But before that, in seven starting meetings with the participation of the team from Turin, 23 goals were scored in all tournaments (3.29 on average per game). It is a pity that in those glorious and funny times they did not meet with Zenit, when the blue-white-blue would have a real chance to catch on to the result. Alas, now we are looking forward to another closed and “grassroots” confrontation, and the best option for forecasting is a total of less than 2.5 goals with a coefficient close to 1.85.
Juventus this season was left without its main striker in recent years, as Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Manchester United. Of his colleagues in the role in Turin, only Moise Keene and Alvaro Morata remain, who lack stability and skill level. As a rule, in the most important matches, Federico Chiesa comes to the aid of the black-and-whites, who also scored for the national team at the right time in Euro 2020, and now he does it for the club. A prime example of his scoring feats is the match against Chelsea, where he scored the only goal. Obviously, the 23-year-old is becoming the leader of Juventus, so it’s worth taking a closer look at the bet on Federico Chiesa’s goal with odds of about 3.20.