Place: Estadio Mestalla.( València).
Date: on the 19th of September, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: EUROPA – Champions League – group stage – 1st round.
At last Valencia has returned to elite of the European football, having taken the high place by the results of last season in the championship. The head coach of the Spanish club is Marcelinho with the reputation of serious strategian. Valencia has rather poorly begun the current championship ( from the point of view of the results) and the club takes the 17th place in standings of the Spanish Primera . We doubt that in the Champions League Valencia will move further in the company of MU and Juventus and the football players of Young Boys won’t be the whipping boys.
Valencia changed greatly if we speak about the squad in comparison with last season, having parted with such football players as João Cancelo, Montoya, Orellana, Maksimović, Zaza (serious loss), Bakkali and Nani. The club has coped with a problem of buyout of Guedes who became the team’s leader last season. Also Valencia has signed contracts with Gameiro, Wass, Kondogbia, Piccini, Murillo and Diakhaby. Such reorganization of the squad had a great influence therefore Valencia is experiencing strong emotions.
The Italian club is again one of the main challengers for winning in this tournament. Besides, the victory in the Champions League is for Juventus a main goal in this season, as the achievements in the national championship don’t bring pleasure to football players of the Old Signora any more. Juventus traditionally began the championship with four victories, having taken leadership in standings of Serie A.
Juventus has significantly renewed its squad before the Champions League start without such football players as Higuaín, Buffon, Lichtsteiner and Marchisio. The Italian grandee has made the loudest transfer of this summer, having signed the contract with C. Ronaldo and has also signed contracts with such football players as Bonucci, Perin, João Cancelo (he was bought from Valencia), Can and Douglas Costa. Anyway, it is not that Juventus which we saw 1-2 seasons ago and this is very interesting!
Bookmaker coefficients on the match València vs. Juventus
Valencia and Juventus will for the first time meet in Euro cups and here bookmakers consider Juventus to be the favorite of the match. The victory of the Italian club is estimated for 1.86, and Valencia’s success – for 4.92. The draw is quoted for 3.62. Classical total betting are as follow: total over 2.5 for 2.17, total under 2.5 for 1.79.
Juventus within the Champions League always plays pragmatic football, minimizing chances of rivals for success. Valencia is not in its ideal form that speaks well for Juventus. We won’t forget also that Ronaldo has regained quite good form in last matches and it is a serious argument in favor of Juventus!