Juventus will take on Malmö on Wednesday in the Champions League group stage match. Juventus would be looking to finish their group stage campaign as the group winners. Can Juventus claim all three points at home against Malmö?
Following a 0-1 defeat at home to Atalanta in the Serie A last month, Juventus have planted their feet back in the league, with back-to-back victories against Salernitana and Genoa, although they are still 11 points behind leaders AC Milan. As a result, they are placed in the fifth spot in Serie A with eight wins, three draws, and five losses. In their previous game in the group stage, Juventus were thrashed 0-4 away at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Paulo Dybala has been in impressive form for Juventus, especially in the recent games. He has scored eight goals across all competitions this season. Juventus would be looking to secure all three points against Malmö. Max Allegri has had some injury concerns in recent weeks. Danilo, Chiesa, Ramsey, McKennie, and Sciglio are all doubtful for the match.
In their previous Champions League game against Chelsea, Juventus were defeated 0-4. Chelsea’s xG of 2.57 surpasses that of Juventus’ 0.43. The Italian giants were dominated in terms of multiple attacking metrics. Matthijs de Ligt won the highest number of aerial duels. Reece James took the highest number of shots while also making the joint-highest number of dribbles.
In terms of successful through passes, Juventus are placed at the joint-eighth spot. They average more than three successful through passes per match.
Malmö recently defended their Swedish title with a goalless draw at home against Halmstad. They have failed to secure a win in the group stage so far. In their previous Champions League group stage match, they grabbed their first point with a 1-1 draw against Zenit at home. Soren Rieks scored the opening goal in the 27th minute. Zenit left it late to pull one back and claim a draw as Rakitskyi scored from the spot in the 91st minute. Malmö would be looking to bow out of the group stage with a win, although it will be a difficult feat to achieve. Oscar Lewicki and Felix Beijmo are doubtful to make an appearance, while Jonas Knudsen and Ola Toivonen are set to remain out due to injuries. Antonio Colak will lead the attacking lineup for Malmö. Christiansen and Rakip could both start in the match against Juventus.
In the previous group stage match against Zenit, Malmö had a lower xG than their opponents. Moisander made the highest number of recoveries in the opponent’s half while Colak won the highest number of aerial duels. After taking the lead in the first half, Malmö were able to hold off Zenit late until the injury time.
In terms of match tempo, Malmö are placed at a decent 10th spot below Manchester City.
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Locatelli, Bentancur; Kulusevski, Dybala, Bernardeschi; Morata
Malmö (3-5-2): Dahlin; Nielsen, Ahmedhodzic, Brorsson; Berget, Christiansen, Innocent, Rakip, Olsson; Birmancevic, Colak
Juventus are overwhelming favorites going into the match and should come out on top against Malmö.