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UCL Preview: Juventus v. Real Madrid

Juventus will host Real Madrid on Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening.

Italian champions Juventus will host Real Madrid on Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Tuesday, 5 November 2013.

The Bianconeri enter Tuesday’s clash in third-place in Group B, seven points behind leaders Madrid and two points adrift of second-placed Galatasaray, who are scheduled to face Danish giants F.C. København at Parken Stadium in midweek.

A Cristiano Ronaldo double ensured Madrid all three points when these two sides met at the Bernabéu last month, but Antonio Conte’s side have since won three straight Serie A fixtures against Genoa, Catania and Parma, respectively.

Team News

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini will miss Tuesday’s match after being sent off in the reverse fixture on 23 October, but Fabio Quagliarella (thigh) is available for selection after returning from injury against Parma at the weekend.

Xabi Alonso (broken foot) could make his first Champions League start of 2013/14, having made his first competitive appearance of the season against Sevilla last week.

Real Madrid do not have any new injury concerns, but Carlo Ancelotti will surely be worried about his side’s recent defensive record.

Los Blancos have conceded five goals and given up four penalties in their last two La Liga matches (both wins).

Manager Quotes

Antonio Conte: ”I hope the Juventus Stadium is going to be a boiling cauldron on Tuesday night, so that the fans can push us to victory.

“We have already shown in Madrid what we can do.

“Madrid have been constructed to win their 10th European Cup, but we must not be afraid.”

Carlo Ancelotti: “We need to change – we have to lose our superficiality. The second half was a disaster.

“Against Sevilla, we were leading 3-0 but we allowed them to get back into contention. The same thing happened tonight and it’s not by coincidence.

“We need to change and lose the superficiality we’re showing out on the pitch. You cannot let the other team back into a game you are winning when you have the quality Madrid has.

“I will talk to the players in private, not here. I’m not happy with what happened.”

Match Facts

Juventus have kept three consecutive clean sheets since conceding four goals at Fiorentina on 20 October.

Cristiano Ronaldo — 15/4 to score two or more goals on Tuesday night — has bagged seven goals and one assist in three Champions League matches this season.

Madrid trio Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo have combined to score 10 goals in the last two games.

Betting Odds

Juventus (6/4); Real Madrid (7/4); Draw (5/2)

Match Prediction

Juventus 2 – Real Madrid 2 (10/1)

Sun 3 November, 2013
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