Villarreal hosts Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 22nd at Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal)
Villarreal took second place in the group with Manchester United, Atalanta, and Young Boys. The Yellow Submarines earned ten points in six games. The Red Devils, who finished first, scored only one point more. At least two goals were scored in all six matches of Villarreal in the group stage. Four out of six matches ended with Over 2.5 goals scored. In addition, the same four matches ended with an exchange of goals scored. However, the Yellows gained only one victory in the last seven home games in the Champions League (they beat Young Boys 2-0), with one draw and five defeats. Five of those seven games ended with “Both teams to score — no.”
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Juventus finished in first place in the group. Maximiliano Allegri’s men managed to outrank the current holder of the Champions League Cup, Chelsea. Let me remind you that the Zebras earned 15 points, two more than the Blues. In six matches in the group stage, the Black and Whites gained five victories and suffered only one defeat. It is noteworthy that they lost to Chelsea in London with a humiliating score of 4-0. Five out of six games of Juventus ended with “Both teams to score — no.” The Old Lady has quite good away statistics of Champions League matches. In the previous 12 matches, the team suffered only three defeats and gained seven victories and two draws. In addition, seven of those 12 games ended with Over 2.5 goals scored.
The upcoming match between Villarreal and Juventus will be the first head-to-head confrontation between these teams. Six of Villarreal’s last eight home games in the Champions League ended with “Both teams to score — no.” Villarreal is in pretty good shape now. In particular, Emery’s men took away points from Real Madrid a few weeks ago (0-0). They did it thanks to a solid game in defense. Actually, this is the strength of the Yellow Submarine. But do not forget that Juventus also relies on defense. Given the importance of this confrontation, we are likely to see a very cautious game. It is unlikely that someone will rush forward headlong!