This Thursday, Juventus will face Freiburg in their next important Europa League match. After losing 1-0 to Roma in their previous Serie A match, Juventus are hoping for a better outcome here. In that match, Juventus had 59% possession and 14 shots on goal, with 5 shots between the three sticks. Roma, on the other hand, had two shots on goal and six chances to score.
For Roma, Gianluca Mancini scored (53′). The Juventus defense’s recent performance demonstrates its quality. In their last six games, Juventus have prevented them from scoring, allowing them through only four times. However, in this challenge, the trend might not last forever.
The Bundesliga match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Freiburg ended in a 0-0 draw. Freiburg had 47% possession in that match, 8 scoring chances, and 3 shots between the sticks. He had four shots between the three sticks, resulting in nine scoring chances. In their previous six games, Christian Streich’s Freiburg has scored eight times. They have given up a total of seven goals in those same matches.
We believe that Juventus should be able to get the goals they need against Freiburg, who won’t have many chances to cross the goal line. After 90 minutes, we anticipate a relaxed 2-0 victory for Juventus.
In a competitive game, the two teams will meet for the first time. In the Europa League’s group stage, Freiburg went four games unbeaten, drawing a couple of times. They kept clean sheets in two of their three away games, which is interesting.
In a competition sponsored by UEFA, this will be the first time Freiburg will play an Italian team. In contrast, the last time Juventus and a German team played in the European League/UEFA Cup was in the 1994–95 season.
In their last four home games, Juventus has not lost and kept a few clean sheets. Freiburg has kept clean sheets in each of their last three away games and is unbeaten overall. In the Europa League group stage, the visitors had the second-best attacking and defensive record, scoring 13 goals and allowing just three.
Both Federico Chiesa and Paul Pogba, who came off the bench on Sunday, are contenders to start in the middle of the week. However, Pogba has been out for over six months due to injury before coming on as a substitute in the Turin derby, so Juventus coach Max Allegri may not think he is quite ready.
This season, Di Maria has been directly involved in six goals from five European games, two of which came via a hat trick of goals: his triple strike at Nantes the previous time out, as well as his three assists against Maccabi Haifa in October.
Due to the absence of Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik, Pogba’s teammate in the midfield, Fabio Miretti, Dusan Vlahovic, and Angel Di Maria should be paired up front once more. Due to a muscle strain, Alex Sandro’s participation in the defeat to Roma was prematurely ended, so half-time replacement Leonardo Bonucci is likely to start the year.
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