Malmo FF are unbeaten from the last five games and have registered two wins in that duration. On the other hand, Juventus have lost twice in that course but they have managed three victories as well. Adding more, the Old Lady had a tough time back in match days but they are now on the track and have been impressive throughout the group stage of the UCL as well. The hosting team of this match also rules in all of the H2H games. So we will back the Zebras to end this round with one more victory.
Two of three H2Hs between these two games have featured a low-scoring outcome and we expect to see the same kind of pattern in this game as well. Juventus and Malmo FF have hit the target six and five times respectively in their last five outings. But the backline of the Old Lady have been tricky against the Sky Blues and didn’t concede a single goal.
All of the three H2Hs between these teams witnessed clean sheets and Juve claimed all of that, scoring in all of those. They have also scored in almost all of the recent home games and missed the chance only once. So the hosts will be confident in their camping ground to get on the score. But things appear difficult for the Blues One who also didn’t score in their last game. Therefore, Juventus are likely to repeat the trend and win the game against Malmo FF with the help of clean sheets.
The Old Lady continued their winning style in their last game against Genoa and took victory with a clean sheet. With this win, the team has advanced to the fifth position from seventh in the point table of Serie A. Juventus also hold second place in their Champions League Group H, with tied points as the group leader Chelsea. The club boss Massimiliano Allegri will have three players out of the next game due to injuries.
On the other hand, Malmo drew their last game in Allsvenskan against Halmstad but retained their first spot with equal points to the second position. Malmo have had a great time in their local league but are the modest team of their Champions League group. They haven’t won a single game in the UCL and have conceded four defeats out of the five attempts. Jo Inge Berget and four other players are not ready for the selection due to fitness concerns.
There is technically a chance for Juve to finish first in Group H and avoid what is shaping up to be a stacked seed pot in the Champions League Round of 16 if they beat Malmo. But after the debacle at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, that chance is now entirely dependent on Chelsea dropping points against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Now, is that impossible? No. We’ve seen before in European competitions that a trip to Russia in the winter can have a strange effect on even the best of teams. But it’s still not an eventuality you’d put serious money on. So, while it’s not a dead rubber, it does kinda feel like one in some respects.
Juve will certainly be going all out to get the win they need to hold up their end of the bargain, and getting it at home is probable. But it’s also likely that Max Allegri will take the opportunity against one of the worst teams in the competition to do some squad rotation and give a few key players some much-needed rest.
That means we could well see key players like Juan Cuadrado and Manuel Locatelli start this game on the bench. It wouldn’t be surprising if someone on the bench equipped with a phone to give Allegri updates on what’s happening in St. Petersburg, and if Chelsea are running away with it it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a couple of young guys get subbed in for the experience.
There’s not much to say regarding Malmo at this point. They’re one of the inferior teams in this year’s Champions League. They just finished a late charge to jump from third to first in the Allsvenskan, but their only point in Europe came two weeks ago against Zenit, when a last-second penalty denied them a win and locked them into the bottom spot in the table.