Champions League round 4 is underway, and after a grueling defeat in Turin against Juventus, the Russians look to bounce back in front of their fans.
Lokomotiv has not been on a good streak after failing to maintain the lead at Allianz Stadium, which saw them reduce their chances of qualifying for Champions League’s next round. They immediately suffered a 0-3 defeat at home against their eternal rivals of Spartak Moscow and drew 1-1 to Ufa. Signs are not positive for the Russian team, as they’ve lost their last two Champions League matches at home. It will be hard for them to stop the firepower of Juventus’ attack in Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain, all three who are in excellent form. The home team will look to turn the tides in their favor tonight with the help of their fans, and put their home record for the season behind their backs, as they’ve lost 3 of the 5 competitive matches at home. However, they will need a perfect game for them to have a chance.
Juventus, on the other hand, are winning pretty much every match that they play, exception made to their away game at Lecce, one that Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t play. Even though they are undefeated this season, they’ve conceded a goal in their last six competitive matches, something unusual for the Italian team as they’re known to be a strong defensive side. It is to be expected a competitive match, but Juventus see tonight the opportunity to qualify already for the next stages of Champions League, a chance for them to rotate in the next European games and focus solely on Serie A. Paulo Dybala has come to life in the last month, and seems fully adapted to Sarri’s system, providing chances for his team mates while scoring goals for fun. Interesting to note that six of the last seven competitive away matches for Juve have ended level at half-time.
While is always tough to play in Russia, Lokomotiv are not going through the best of times at the moment. Add the fact, that Juventus need a win to qualify for the next stage, and they'll probably will give it all tonight at RZD Arena.
Juventus to win @1.66
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