Valencia vs Juventus: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Valencia’s Champions League glory days are a long time ago while Juventus bought Cristiano Ronaldo to spur their continental success.
Valencia’s rise back to prominence after a couple years in the doldrums is complete and they return to the Champions League with one of the sternest tests of round one as two-time Champions League winners and Italian heavyweights Juventus head to the atmospheric Mestalla for a game that will pack passion in abundance.
It’s hard to believe that these two have never met in UEFA competition before but that is exactly the scenario we are faced with.
However, the credentials of both these sides is not in doubt even if the Bats of Valencia are still a side on the up after a couple of seasons frequenting the bottom half of the Spanish top flight whilst Juventus domestic dominance shows no signs of slowing down after claiming a seventh straight Serie A title last campaign.
Juventus also head to the Mestalla having won their last three European away games making them daunting prospect but with Valencia on the up and on home soil, a steady 1-1 draw looks to be the best prediction for this entertaining game.
Juventus averaged over 2 goals per game in last season Serie A season whilst Valencia managed to average 1.7 goals per game in La Liga last season meaning the net should be set to bulge at both ends of the park even if the Italian’s famous defence limits it to just one apiece.
Both sides have impressive back lines and that means a slow start.
The opening game of the Champions League group stage can often be tepid affair as neither side will want to get off to a losing start so expect the opening 30 minutes resemble a game of chess as each side aim to get the measure of each other.
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Remarkably, the pair have never met in European competition, but Juventus do come into the game having won their last three Champions League away games.
The Old Lady also boast a strong record in the Champions League of late only losing to Real Madrid in last season’s quarter-final.
- Juventus have won their last three away games in Europe’s elite division.
- Despite the two sides rich European heritage, they have never met in UEFA competition prior to this contest.
- This is Valencia’s first appearance in the Champions League after two seasons away in which they have ended in the bottom half of Spain’s top flight.
- Juventus won their seventh straight Serie A title last season to bring their total to a record 34 domestic titles.
- Valencia have not reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League since the 2006/07 when they lost to Chelsea 3-2 over two legs.