Juventus continue with their struggling league form this week as they start their Champions League clash against Swedish champions Malmo. The match schedules for Tuesday at the Stadion with kickoff at 10 pm.
Both sides head into the clash with similar forms in their domestic leagues. Malmo comes off two losses and one draw, similar to Juventus. However, Malmo registered a 1-1 draw last weekend while Juventus suffered a 2-1 loss.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo left a sore patch for the Old Lady, who are currently struggling in Serie A. The side is yet to register a win after three matches. The crisis seems to be getting bigger by the day.
Ronaldo helped the Old Lady win the Scudetto in both of his first two seasons. However, his final year came with misfortunes. The return of Max Allegri seemed the light at the end of the tunnel. However, there is still much to click.
A defeat to newly promoted Empoli before the international break was a direct hit at the troubles soaring. Therefore, Allegri will make this match a great start in the opening Champions League match.
Back to back, Swedish Champions find themselves back at the continental stage after qualifying for the first time since 2015. However, a dip of form finds the side at the worst possible time to begin their Champions League campaign.
Malmo vs. Juventus Head to Head
Both sides have two matches against each other, with Juventus taking two wins while hosts without one. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Malmo 1-1 IFK Norrkoping
- Hammarby 2-1 Malmo
- Ludogorets Razgard 2-1 Malmo
- Malmo 3-0 Degerfors IF
- Malmo 2-0 Ludogorets
- Napoli 2-1 Juventus
- Juventus 0-1 Empoli
- Udinese 2-2 Juventus
- Juventus 3-1 Atalanta
- Barcelona 3-0 Juventus
Malmo Team News
Long-term injury absentees at the camp include pair Ola Toivonen and Jonas Knudsen. Other doubts about making their appearances include Niklas Moisander and midfielder Oscar Lewicki. Goalkeeper Johan Dahlin remains injured. Therefore, Ismael Diawara will pick up the gloves and start in between the sticks.
Juventus Team News
Allegri welcomes a host of players on their trip who missed out on their loss to Naples. It includes the likes of Alex Sandros, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, and Rodrigo Bentacur. Federico Chiesa remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Prediction and Odds
It is only a matter of time till the Old Lady finds momentum, and we feel this week is that day.
- Juventus Win
- Correct Score: 0-1
- Goals Under 2.5