Juventus will take a slender 1-0 lead to the Europa-Park Stadion to face Freiburg on Thursday at 17:45 GMT in the second installment of this two-legged tie.
Juventus will look to hold on to their advantage or extend their lead as they bid to progress into the Europa League Quarter Finals.
Freiburg will hope their home advantage will count for much as they look to come from behind, overturn the first-leg defeat, and progress at the expense of the Old Lady.
Freiburg’s Unbeaten Stint
Freiburg are on a four-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga. However, they have drawn their last two matches. They have also lost away to Juventus in the first leg of this tie.
Christian Streich will look to keep the confidence of his charges high ahead of hosting Juventus on Thursday. They will need to hold their nerve against their storied opponents as they seek to overturn the first leg 1-0 defeat to progress into the Quarters.
The inform Juventus side, who had gone on a four-match winning run, were halted last weekend when their run ended at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma in a 1-0 defeat to the home side.
Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping to re-establish his side’s form in the league and in Europe as h seeks to eliminate Freiburg and progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Christian Streich will be without attacking midfielder Daniel-Kofi Kyereh. The 27-year-old attacker is nursing a cruciate ligament rupture. He has been out since February 9, 2023, and has already missed 6 matches for Freiburg this season. No return date has been set for Kyereh.
Freiburg will also be without second striker Woo-yeong Jeong. The 23-year-old is a major doubt for the clash with Juventus with illness. The attacker has been absent from selection since March 8, 2023, and has missed 2 matches already. No return date has been set by the club.
Juventus will be without several first-team players for the trip to Freiburg. Center-forward Arkadiusz Milik is not available for selection with a biceps femoris muscle injury since January 29, 2023. Another center-forward, Kaio Jorge, is also facing a fitness issue and is a doubt for the clash with Freiburg.
Allegri will be without left-back Alex Sandro, who is also sidelined with a biceps femoris muscle injury since March 9, 2023. The Brazilian is expected to be back fit by April 1st, 2023.
Right-back Mattia De Sciglio is troubled by a muscle fatigue problem which has sidelined him from action since March 4, 2023.
Left winger Federico Chiesa is also bogged down with knee problems; he is expected to return by March 14, 2023. However, the match against Freiburg might come too soon for the Italian. Angel Di Maria (thigh) is another absentee.
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Freiburg will have to balance squad selection between the Europe League exertions and their chase for a top-four spot in Bundesliga. This will be challenging given the size of the squad available to Christian Streich ahead of the visit of the Italian giants.
Having won the home leg 1-0, Juventus will be looking to protect their lead in Germany on Thursday. Experience will be needed from the Old Lady to get the balance right between attacking and defending. They will not want to be too defensive and allow Freiburg into the game. They will also not want to be too attacking and concede chances to the home side.
Juventus will win the match and progress to the next round.
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