Juventus begin their Europa League campaign in the playoff round on Thursday evening. They will be looking to make their home advantage count this week, as they welcome Ligue 1 side Nantes to the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
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It has been a hugely damaging season for the Old Lady this term, as they have already fallen out of contention for a place in the top four in Serie A. They also exited the Champions League at the group stage late last year, as they could finish only third with three points on the board. The Italian giants have won just once from six fixtures in Europe this term, and they have conceded 13 goals across the matches that they have played.
However, the Old Lady come into this fixture in relatively decent form, as they have won their last three domestic games across all competitions. But, they come into this game having lost their previous three in Europe. They have never previously lost four successive games in a European competition in their history.
Nantes come into this game with some solid European form under their belt, as they have picked up victories in each of their previous two. They will be looking for a third straight victory in European competition for the first time since 2001 on Thursday. Their third win in that run was also secured against Italian opposition.
Nantes finished second in Group G in the opening half of the season, as they picked up three wins and three losses from the six games that they played. However, they were weak in the final third throughout the group stage, as they scored just six goals and conceded eleven.
Juventus vs Nantes Head to Head
This will only be the third time that these two clubs have faced each other in European competition. Both of the previous meetings came in the 1995-96 season, as Juventus qualified 4-3 on aggregate to reach the 1996 Champions League final. Nantes were beaten 2-0 on their previous visit to Turin.
Juventus vs Nantes Prediction
Juventus will have the pressure on them for this opening leg in the playoff round on Thursday. They have improved their results over recent weeks, and that could be enough to suggest that they should have too much for Nantes on Thursday. We will be siding with the hosts, and we could see them winning to nil.
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