Juventus vs Villarreal predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Yellow Submarine target a famous win in Turin.
|Date||Wednesday 16th March 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League Last 16, 2nd Leg|
Juventus vs Villarreal Preview
It’s all to play for in Turin this week as Juventus and Villarreal face off for a place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League. The 1st Leg was competitive with the Yellow Submarine giving a good account of themselves and responding well to Juve’s early goal to level the tie at 1-1 thanks to Dani Parejo’s 2nd Half strike.
As ever, Parejo will be key here and if Villarreal can get him on the ball in threatening areas, he certainly has the quality to open up this Juventus defence. The Spanish side will travel as underdogs but can take confidence from their fantastic run to Europa League glory last term, not to mention a vital 3-2 win in Italy against Atalanta on the final matchday of this season’s UCL group stage which sealed progress into this round.
The Yellow Submarine travel to Turin on the back of a 1-0 home win against Celta Vigo at the weekend with Parejo again on target. He, along with the likes of Yeremi Pino who hit four in a recent league game, have really stepped up to try and fill the void left by the injured Gerard Moreno. The forward has been training ahead of this tie but it remains to be seen if he’s fit enough to play any part in Turin with Unai Emery understandably keeping his cards close to his chest.
Juventus will certainly be hoping that isn’t the case and while they’ll be favourites here, we saw plenty of evidence in the 1st Leg to suggest Villarreal are very much in this tie. This isn’t a vintage Juve side and they are only 4th in Serie A, however they’ve been in good form since the 1st Leg, winning all four matches in all competitions since then as they look to hold onto slim title hopes.
Those results have come despite some significant injury problems though. The likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala are sidelined, starving them of some important options across the pitch. Perhaps ominously for Villarreal though, Juventus’ strike duo of Alvaro Morata and Dušan Vlahović have been in the goals of late with the Serbian netting in the 1st Leg at the Ceramica while Morata has 3 in his last 2 games thanks to a brace in the win at Sampdoria at the weekend.
Head to Head
- The sides drew 1-1 in the 1st Leg three weeks ago.
- That was the first ever meeting.
Juventus are expected to be missing Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Chiesa, Leonardo Bonucci, Weston McKennie and Paulo Dybala to injury.
Alberto Moreno is out for Villarreal. Much may depend on the fitness of Juan Foyth, Etienne Capoue, Raul Albiol and Gerard Moreno who are all doubts for the game but should start if considered fit.
Juventus: Szczesny – Sandro, Rugani, De Ligt, Danilo – Rabiot, Arthur, Locatelli, Cuadrado – Vlahovic, Morata (4-4-2)
Villarreal: Rulli – Pedraza, Torres, Mandi, Aurier – Trigueros, Iborra, Parejo, Pino – Lo Celso – Danjuma (4-4-1-1)
Juventus vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: Juventus 1-1 Villarreal (Aggregate: 2-2, Juventus to Win on Penalties)
This tie is by no means over. Villarreal are experienced European campaigners with Unai Emery a master of the two-legged format. They have shown over the past twelve months, they can compete with strong European sides and there’s every chance this one may take more than 90 minutes to sort out.
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