Juventus vs Zenit St Petersburg Preview, Betting tips and Live Streaming 2021

Juventus vs Zenit St Petersburg Preview, Betting tips and Live Streaming 2021

Juventus vs Zenit St Petersburg Preview, Betting Tips and Match Previews ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.  Juve can secure their place in the knockout round with two games to spare if they avoid defeat.

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Max Allegri may be set to make changes to his starting XI, given a dreadful week in Serie A, and hopes to have Federico Chiesa back from a muscular injury which kept him out at the weekend.

The participation of Aaron Ramsey (also muscular) and Moise Kean (thigh) remains in doubt, but Juventus have only Mattia De Sciglio as a confirmed absentee, with a thigh problem that will keep him out until after the international break.

As ever, Allegri must choose two from three strong contenders at centre-back, one of whom is the age-defying Giorgio Chiellini, who featured last time Juve hosted Zenit in the Champions League, back in 2008, when Alessandro Del Piero scored the only goal for the Bianconeri.

Another candidate is Leonardo Bonucci, who made his 100th appearance in UEFA club competition during the game in St Petersburg, and both Italy internationals are on the 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or. Matthijs de Ligt has the unenviable task of displacing one of the pair that started on Saturday.

Zenit's hopes have been hampered by the loss of left-back Douglas Santos, who was replaced early on against Spartak with a muscle strain and subsequently missed the win against Dinamo. Meanwhile, Magomed Ozdoev is yet to return from a knee ligament injury sustained in the summer.

The visitors' Artem Dzyuba became the Russian league's all-time top scorer on 144 goals on Friday, three minutes after his introduction as a substitute.

Dzyuba had failed to find the net in Zenit's first seven league games this term, but has now scored in six successive matches and has a strong claim to start in Turin. Sardar Azmoun, though, is favourite to lead the line in Sergei Semak's preferred 4-3-2-1 formation.

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Locatelli, Chiesa; Morata, Dybala

Zenit St Petersburg possible starting lineup:
Kritsyuk; Lovren, Chistyakov, Rakitskyi; Sutormin, Kuzyaev, Wendel, Karavaev; Malcom, Azmoun, Claudinho

  • Juventus have won all three of their group stage games and are yet to concede in the competition.
  • Zenit have lost their last six away games in the Champions League, scoring just twice.
  • Juve won 1-0 in Russia in the last round of fixtures.
Europe brings out the best in Juve
Juventus can secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare if they avoid defeat against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

The Old Lady have struggled domestically and are without a win in three Serie A matches since beating Zenit in Russia in the last round of fixtures (D1, L2). However, the Italian giants have been better in Europe than they have at home this term – winning all three of their matches without conceding in Group H – and they should be able to claim a fairly comfortable win on Tuesday.

Zenit have been in good form since losing to Juve a couple of weeks ago with back-to-back home wins but their away form has been poor. Zenitchiki are the Russian league leaders but they only have the fourth best away record in the division and have just one win on their travels in their last five games.

Juve have a fantastic record against Russian sides and are unbeaten in nine previous European games against teams from the country, winning eight and drawing once as well as keeping six clean sheets in the process. The Zeniters are also poor travellers in Europe and haven’t won an away game in the Champions League since 2015.  Zenit have lost eight of their nine games since their last away win in Europe’s elite competition and have scored just once in their last five trips.

As Juve are yet to concede in this competition a home win to nil stands out as the main bet here. Juve won the reverse fixture 1-0 but should enjoy more success going forward in Turin and a 2-0 win for the hosts has a chance in the correct score market.

Our Prediction
Prediction One: Match Result – Juventus to Win @ 20/39 (1.51)
Prediction Two: Total Goals – Under 2.5 @ 10/11 (1.91)
Prediction Three: Both Teams to Score – No @ 20/23 (1.87)
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