Nantes - Juventus prediction and analysis
After missing out on victory in Turin a week ago, Juventus now travel to Nantes to complete their task.
Namely – to move forward and, if possible, win this year's edition of the Europa League tournament.
Because LE may be the only chance for Juve to qualify for next year's Champions League.
Because as we know, 15 points were deducted from their Serie A asset which took them out of the Top 4.
Triumph in the Europa League does not seem such an impossible mission.
Given that Massimiliano Allegri has a lot of quality in his squad.
The Bianconeri's main trump card is their strong defensive play, which rarely concedes goals (only 1 in the last 5 matches).
On the other hand, Nantes have scored more than one goal only once in their last 8 matches in all competitions.
This leads me to predict that Juventus will win minimally.
With the win likely not coming until the second half after a scoreless first half.
Nantes has only 2 wins and only 2 losses in the last 8 matches (2-4-2)
Nantes left the Europa League playoff phase wide open.
After drawing 1-1 in the first leg against Juventus seven days ago in Turin.
But on Sunday, the Canaries suffered a heavy loss with 1:3 at the visit of one of the top teams in France this season – Lance.
In this match they were brutally outplayed in every single parameter of the football game.
The team managed by Antoine Combuire is 13th in the Ligue 1 table.
And with this loss, Nantes ended a series of two consecutive victories in the league.
To lose momentum just before the decisive European rematch against one of the giants of European football.
Juventus are undefeated in 5 games (4-1-0), conceding only 1 goal
The Italian team is still the favorite to advance to the next round of the Europa League.
Especially after the performances of both teams over the weekend.
Unlike Nantes, Juventus maintained their good form on the home stage by beating La Spezia 2-0 away.
It was their third successive clean sheet in Serie A.
Massimiliano Allegri's wars are now seventh in Calcio's standings.
Which is quite impressive, since they were stripped of 15 points from the asset by the decision of the federation.
Allegri can be particularly pleased with his side's defensive performance.
As the Bianconeri have conceded just one goal in their previous five matches in different competitions.
And he was marked precisely by Nantes a week ago.
But the French team scored their goal against Juve with the only shot on target at the Old Lady's goal.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Lafont; Victor, Girotto, Palois; Sentonze, Sissoko, Chirivela, Mutusami, Koko; Blas, Mohammed
In question: Castelletto, Paloa
Lineup: Garlic; De Sciglio, Danilo, Bremer, Sandro; Fragoli, Locatelli, Rabiot; Di Maria, Vlahovic, Kostic
Injured: Pogba, Milik, Miretti, Jorge
In question: Chiesa