Preview: Victory for either side will take them to the next round
In a winner takes all scenario, Galatasaray will host Juventus in the final round of games of the Champions League group stages. Only a win will guarantee qualification to the next round for either side, keeping in mind Copenhagen who are at level points with Galatasaray also play Real Madrid tonight.
A draw at Istanbul will favour the Danish side who by scoring an unlikely victory over Madrid can ensure qualification to the round of 16.
With Real Madrid through to the next round of the Champions League 2013/2014, it now remains to be seen which team joins the Spanish outfit in the last 16. Both Galatasaray and Juventus have a chance to finish second in Group B which initially seemed a straightforward one when the draws came out a few months back.
However, that has not been the case and following a few twists and turns, as things stand, the biggest match of tonight’s round of UCL match day 6 is Galatasaray vs Juventus. A win for the Turks will mean progression to the knockout phases while the Bianconeri need only a draw in order to secure qualification.
Preview: Juventus hoping to extend lead at the top
The Old Lady has taken advantage of Roma’s dip in form to extend their lead at the top to three points. Rudi Garcia’s men have drawn all of their last four matches, in contrast to Juventus who have recorded victories in all of their last four.
In their last outing against Udinese, the Turin club notched all three points courtesy of a goal in injury time from Spanish hit-man Fernando Llorente who has seemed to find his feet in Italy. The 28 year old found it difficult to break into the first team initially but goals in his last three Serie A outings have made him an integral member of the first team.
Preview: Bianconeri aiming to end the week on a high
Antonio Conte is one happy coach. Unlike Rafael Benitez and Max Allegri, his squad has been getting good and consistent results on all fronts since back to back defeats in late October—to Fiorientina in the Serie A and Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
The Old Lady jumped a big hurdle in midweek by beating Copenhagen. They eventually finished the night above losers Galatasaray. In Europe, Juventus hold their destiny in their own hands. A draw on Matchday 6 could be enough to see them join Group B winners Real Madrid into the Round of 16.
Preview: Old Lady looking to replicate league form in Europe
It has been a tale of two competitions for Juventus so far, having done so well in the league outings the league leaders are rock bottom in Group B of the Champions League. The defending Italian champions are surprisingly winless in Europe this season, with their four matches resulting in three draws and a loss.
Their antics have now put them in a do or die situation. A win can put the Italian giants back in the fray for a possible qualification to the next round, but a loss will rule them out for a place in the last 16.
At this point last season, Antonio Conte’s men were feeling pretty confident, having gotten over the draws that plagued them in their first three matches to wallop Danish outfit Nordsjælland at home after being held to a 1-1 stalemate two weeks prior. The Bianconeri then went on to of course, defeat reigning Champions Chelsea 3-0, effectively knocking the Blues out and making them the first team to win the Champions League one year and fail to get out of the group stages the next.
After finishing top of their group with 12 points, and more important, undefeated, they were given probably the easiest team in the round of 16, Scottish side Celtic which they had no problem defeating 5-0 and were the only side to get through without conceding a goal. Of course, their run came to a screeching halt at the hands of Bayern Munich, who outclassed the Bianconeri 2-0 in each fixture, leading Conte to make his famous skyscraper statement concerning his side.
Preview: Old Lady looking to leapfrog Serie A leaders Roma
The Turin based club will be hoping to take advantage of Roma’s dip in form by taking the top spot in Serie A. A win for the Old Lady, coupled with a draw or loss for Roma will see Juventus finish the week on top.
The bianconeri put up an impressive showing in their last Serie A encounter when they thrashed Napoli 3-0 in a very dominant display, in doing so Juventus maintained their perfect home record and ensured that the gap between them and league leaders Roma was narrowed down.
Preview: Juve and Napoli both in top form
Sunday’s fixture comes at a perfect time for both sides. Juventus have found back the confidence they need to challenge for silverware. They have picked maximum points from their last three league matches and are unbeaten in all competitions since their back-to-back defeats away to Fiorentina and Real Madrid.
The Scudetto champions enter the match with 28 points like second-placed Napoli. The latter have scores to settle in Turin but they will be hopeful of ending Sunday’s match with at least a point, looking at their great form under Rafael Benitez.
Preview: Home record against Los Blancos favours Juve
What if Italian giants Juventus failed to qualify from Group B? As horrifying as this could sound to Juve supporters, the reality is that the team is lagging in third position in the table with two points, in between Turkey’s Galatasaray (4) and Denmark’s København (1).
The Bianconeri are in a difficult situation as they seek their first win in Europe this season. Juve are naturally strong on home soil but must now improve after stumbling to a 2-2 draw against Gala on Matchday 2.
Preview: Parma looking to cause another upset at the expense of Juventus
Marco Parolo's strike at the death gave the Crusaders a 3-2 victory over AC Milan and Roberto Donadoni’s men would be hopeful of causing another upset when they face defending champions Juventus at home.
Despite their heroics against Milan last week, Parma are currently 11th in the league table and have won just two in their last five games. In their last outing against Genoa, Donadoni’s men fell to an Alberto Gilardino strike on the 57th minute, as Parma lost 1-0 to I Rossoblu.
Preview: Juve to continue their good form against Catania
The Turin based club is unbeaten against Catania in the last seven fixtures having last lost to the Sicilians back in December 2009. Juventus got the better of their counterparts on both occasions last season winning both the matches with a score line of 1-0.
Antonio Conte’s men have picked themselves up after a disappointing 4-2 defeat at the hands of Fiorentina which saw them concede thrice in five minutes. In their last Serie A outing, the Old Lady scored a comfortable 2-0 victory over Genoa courtesy of first half goals from Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez. Fernando Llorente is gradually starting to become a regular member of Conte’s setup and the Italian manager has lauded his Spanish forward claiming that the former Athletico Bilbao man needed time to adjust to a new environment.
Preview: Bianconeri looking to bounce back from back to back defeats
Conte’s men have suffered defeats in their last two matches and will be rearing to make a statement when they host 16th placed Genoa at the Juventus stadium. The Old Lady surrendered a 2-1 lead against Fiorentina last time out when Giuseppe Rossi inspired a comeback for Viola to win the match for his side. In their subsequent match, Juve were unfortunate to be defeated at the hands of Real Madrid after defender Giorgio Chiellini received a controversial red card.
Despite their slip up against Fiorentina, Juventus are still third in the table with a chance to finish this week in second place if Napoli fail to gather maximum points in their match against Torino. Furthermore the Turin based club has had a good run on its home turf winning all the three matches played against Lazio, Verona and AC Milan.
Preview: La Decima hunters Real Madrid to reclaim the upper hand in Juventus rivalry?
The history linked to this fixture is so huge that one could write a book about it. But in the space of 90 minutes only this Wednesday, Los Blancos and the Bianconeri will be able to add many more pages to it. Between 1999 and 2001, current Juve manager Antonio Conte played under Carlo Ancelotti at the Turin-based club. Now, the latter is the head coach of Real Madrid and his task is to deliver La Decima come May 2014.
So far, so good for the Spanish giants in the UEFA Champions League. They have netted a record 10 goals in only two matches – 50 per cent of those coming from the tournament’s leading goal scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Preview: Old Lady to take advantage of Fiorentina’s shaky start
The Viola have won just three of the seven matches they have played in the league so far and sit sixth in the Serie A table with 12 points. Vincenzo Montella’s men have also failed to win in their last three outings and to make matter worse for Fiorentina their record against their counterparts has been disappointing as of late.
Fiorentina have not just failed to defeat Juve in their last ten consecutive meetings but have also failed to score against Bianconeri in the past three clashes between the two sides. The Gigliati last managed to score a victory over the defending champions back in March 2008 and Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi who has rejuvenated his career with six goals in all competitions this season is hoping to end his team’s woeful run against the Turin side.
Preview: Both clubs are struggling, but the Rossoneri are worst off
Both AC Milan and Juventus are two of the most historic clubs in Italian Football, but at the moment, they do not look like it.
The visitors have it much worst than Juventus at the moment. Allegri's side is full of injuries, and they have been unable to sort out their defensive issues. From six Serie A matches, the Rossoneri have conceded 10 goals, which leaves them with an average of 1.7 goals against per match.
With only one cleansheet in the current Serie A campaign, Allegri is hopeful that his defensive issues can get sorted out sooner rather than later. Going up against a Juventus side that has 11 goals and only four conceded could cause more headaches for the visitors.
The tie could not have come at a better time for Juventus, with Milan currently suffering from a number of injuries including their talismanic yet troublesome striker Mario Balotelli who will continue to serve his three match suspension as a result of a red card against Napoli.
However former Juventus forward Alessandro Matri who joined the Rossoneri back in August is set to lead the line along with Robinho against his former side. Even though the 29 year old is yet to open his goal account for his new club, he believes he can turn things around when his team faces Juventus and has further indicated that he will celebrate if he gets his name on the score sheet.
Preview: Turkey’s Lions of Galatasaray eyeing decent result against Juve
Juventus managed to snatch a point in Denmark but they were expected to do better, looking at their amazing form on the domestic front. Unbeaten in all competitions this season and buzzing from three wins in a row, La Vecchia Signora will be keen to inflict misery on Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The latter surprisingly put on an awful show in Istanbul and eventually suffered humiliation in the hands of Real Madrid. However, the appointment of former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has boosted the club. The moment to bounce back and prove their value in Europe is now.
Preview: Another win a must for Old Lady
After emerging victorious away to Hellas Verona at the weekend, another team from the same region will be looking to get the better of the reigning Italian champions. Indeed, Chievo have always been a tough nut to crack on home soil which means that Antonio Conte’s side will have to work hard to earn a win on Wednesday.
After defeating Hellas on Sunday, La Vecchia Signora would be eager to do the same against their neighbours. Though the game is expected to be more or less played on a similar tempo with the Flying Donkeys playing in their own half to neutralise Juve’s potency while going forward and try to hit the visitors on the counter.