The Juventus Stadium plays host to this UEFA Champions League Group G match from 20:00 GMT as home team Juventus play Dynamo Kyiv. The Italians have already booked their place in the next round of the competition but would love to progress as group winners. The away side are involved in a battle to finish third and secure the consolation prize of Europa League football.
Juve hot on the heels of Barca
Juventus are involved in a two-way fight with Barcelona for the top spot in the pool and it’s a battle that is sure to go right down to the wire. Both teams have already secured their passage to knockout football with a bit to spare but know winning such a competitive group would send out a message of intent to the rest of the competition. The top spot may also get them a slightly easier draw in the next round against the runners up of another group.
The Old Lady are second at present, three points behind Barca having won three and lost one game so far. The locals have scored eight goals and conceded four with their only defeat coming against the Spanish giants. Since losing to Barca we’ve seen Juve bounce back to wins two games and keep themselves in contention.
Kyiv fighting for third
Dynamo Kyiv won’t be playing Champions League knockout football in the new year and there’s every chance their European adventure could end after six games. The visiting side arrive for this match in third place but are level on one point with bottom club Ferencvarosi TC. A third-place finish would drop Kyiv into the Europa League and give them an opportunity to challenge for the title.
Kyiv stats read no wins and one draw against three defeats, scoring three goals, and conceding ten in four games. Their only draw came against Ferencvarosi TC, but they have since suffered back-to-back defeats and confidence will be low in the camp. They know the size of the task ahead of them in trying to defeat Juventus in Italy but know their hosts may have one eye on the next round.
Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv prediction
Both teams have plenty to play for here, but Juventus have the home advantage and that may make the difference. Kyiv must defend better if they are to get anything out of this game.
Champions League odds
Juventus are 1.24 to win with Dynamo Kyiv 13 and the draw 5.9.
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