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Italian giants Juventus will be traveling to Spain for taking on Villarreal, in the first leg match of the Round of 16 in the Champions League.
Juventus finished at the top of the Group H points table during the group stage, edging out the current Champions Chelsea, who finished second. Barring a solitary loss in the away fixture against the Blues, Juventus won 5 games in the group stage, scoring an aggregate of 10 goals.
After initial hiccups, the team has managed to mend its ways in the La Liga 2021-22 season and has not lost a game in the top flight since late November. Talking about the recent form, Juventus has won 2 out of its last 5 matches across competitions, which includes a win against Sassuolo in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.
The team was favored to win its last match before traveling to Spain, against Torino. But all they could manage was a drab draw. The team will now be looking to get back to winning ways and clinch an early advantage.
Villarreal advanced to the knockout stage by the virtue of its second-place finish in Group F, behind Manchester United. After crashing out of the Copa del Rey early last month, Villarreal has played 5 consecutive games in the La Liga, picking up 8 points in the process. The team managed to hold toppers Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw and will be pretty happy with 1 point. As the table stands currently, Villarreal is at the 7th spot, trailing 4th placed Barcelona by 3 points.
Match prediction and betting tips for Villarreal CF vs Juventus Turin, Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, on 22nd February 2022.
Villarreal has some injury concerns going into the first leg, with Paco Alcacer, Francis Coquelin and Ruben Pena likely to miss out. However, it is nothing compared to the long list of absentees from the Juventus camp, which has Federico Chiesa, Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci out of action.
Both the teams look pretty evenly matched on paper, in both, the offensive and the defensive departments. It promises to be a close encounter, with neither of the teams gaining the upper hand for long. We expect both the teams to score by the time the final whistle blows.
Bet on a draw.
The teams are pretty evenly matched in terms of offensive capabilities and have also been in good scoring form off late. Villareal has scored in three out of its previous four matches while Juventus has scored in each of its previous four. We can easily see them both getting on the board here as well.