Thursday, September 29, 2022

Prediction: PSG vs Juventus

Verdict: PSG win

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a heavyweight showdown on Tuesday night, PSG and Juventus will open their Champions League adventure when they meet on Tuesday night.

PSG

Starting with the hosts, after parting ways with Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, PSG have got a new era underway this season. While many might have been shocked to see Christophe Galtier arrive in the French capital back in July, the ex-Nice boss has seen his star-studded squad gain plenty of plaudits. Looking to lay down an early marker on Tuesday night when they open their Champions League adventure, Les Parisiens were last seen over the weekend picking up some perfect momentum. Last seen a few days ago storming their way to a thumping 3-0 victory away at Nantes, PSG have really come flying out of the traps. Skyrocketing their way back to the top of the Ligue 1 table, Galtier’s men have also gained a reputation for their fearsome displays in the final third. On a run that is highlighted by a stellar 7-1 victory against former champions Lille on August 21st, it should be noted that the midweek hosts have already racked up 24 domestic strikes so far this season.

Team News

Already racking up a combined 17 Ligue 1 strikes so far this season, the trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will once again spearhead PSG’s charge on Tuesday night.

Settling for a spot on the bench over the weekend, Sergio Ramos, Nuno Mendes and Renato Sanches are all set for a full recall here.

Juventus

As for the visitors, while Juventus might have managed to snatch a top-four finish last season, the Old Lady have once again struggled with their consistency since opening the 2022/23 campaign. Despite getting the new season underway with a deserved 3-0 victory at home against Sassuolo, it appears that was just a minor boost for the Italian heavyweights. Last seen over the weekend putting in another downbeat display as they played out a 1-1 draw away at Fiorentina, the Old Lady have now had to settle for a single point in three of their last four Serie A outings. Knowing that they face a real task when they make the trip to Paris on Tuesday night, Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri does find some growing pressure on his shoulders. Crashing out of last season’s Champions League after a shocking 4-1 aggregate defeat against Spanish side Villarreal, it should also be highlighted that Juventus have managed to win just a pair of their last nine matchups on either side of the summer break.

Team News

Dealing with an extended injury list, Juventus will once again be without the likes of Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Wojciech Szczesny, Marley Ake, Kaio Jorge and Federico Chiesa.

Former PSG star Angel di Maria should join attacking talisman Dusan Vlahovic up top. Likewise, Leonardo Bonucci could make his return at the heart of Juve’s defence on Tuesday night.

Key Factors to Consider

    • PSG have bagged 24 strikes from their opening six Ligue 1 matchups.
    • Galtier’s side have won each of their last four Champions League home fixtures by an aggregate score of 10-3.
    • The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have bagged a combined 17 Ligue 1 strikes so far this season.
    • Juventus have had to settle for a single point in three of their last four Serie A outings.
    • Likewise, continuing on from last season, Tuesday’s guests have won just a pair of their last nine matchups across all formats.

    Conclusion

    Enjoying what has been a stellar start to the 2022/23 campaign and gaining a reputation for their free-scoring displays, there is no doubt that PSG will be smelling the chance to lay down another marker here. Last seen over the weekend cruising their way to a 3-0 romp away at Nantes, Tuesday’s hosts have also racked up 24 strikes from their opening six Ligue 1 showdowns. Watching Juventus only continue to show a string of issues on either side of the summer break, the Italian giants should be bracing themselves for a stern test in Paris. Managing to muster just a pair of victories from their last nine outings continuing on from last season, we’re backing a home victory for Galtier’s stacked squad here.

    Verdict: PSG win

    Best Odds: 4/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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