Preview: Juventus vs Paris Saint-Germain – prediction, team news, line-ups


Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Juventus round up a convict Champions League campaign when they attack the leaders of group H Paris Saint Germain at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The final whistle cannot come quickly enough in Europe to Massimiliano Allegriwhile the visitors are still in contention for the top spot with Benfica.


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The unlikely almost happened as Juventus took on Benfica, who needed to claim all three points to keep their Champions League knockout dreams alive, and their bags were being packed when the giants Portuguese took a 4-1 lead at the Estadio da Luz.

Two quick strikes from Weston McKennie and Arkadiusz Milik just before the 80-minute mark set up a hard-fought final, but the Old Lady couldn’t muster the strength to score the other two goals she so desperately craved as her run through the top tier European was coming to an end.

It hasn’t been since the 2013-14 season that Juventus have failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage, but underfire Allegri still retains faith in the powers that be as his third-placed team is looking to hold on. the threat of Maccabi Haifa to qualify for the Europa League.

A three-win streak with three clean sheets in Serie A has at least helped to quell some of the murmurs of discontent, with Nicolas Fagioli coming up with the winning goal in a 1-0 triumph at Leece at the weekend, and the Turin siege have been kind to Juventus in recent weeks.

Indeed, Allegri’s side welcome PSG to their base having won each of their last three home games – scoring at least twice in five of their last six games on familiar ground – but they could also become the second Italian team to lose five groups. matches in a single Champions League campaign, following in the footsteps of Roma 2004-05.

Lionel Messi and Neymar celebrate the former's goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Maccabi Haifa on October 25, 2022© Reuters

PSG defensive coaches have had their work cut out in recent weeks, but luckily for Christophe Galtierhis famous attacking triumvirate shrugged off the outside noise surrounding all their off-field efforts to continue their remarkable run in front of goal.

Lionel Messithe contract, Kylian Mbappethe future and NeymarPSG’s recent legal troubles have all been new episodes in PSG’s ongoing soap opera, but the trio were in song in last week’s 7-2 against Maccabi Haifa, which confirmed the Parisians’ place in the knockout stages. final.

All three also had to bail PSG out of trouble at the weekend as Troyes scared them off but eventually secured a 4-3 win at the Parc des Princes – their fourth win on the rebound in all competitions and one that keeps them going. out of sight at the top of Ligue 1.

PSG and Benfica have been tied throughout the group stage, but Galtier’s men simply need to match or better their opponents’ matchday six result to qualify as group winners, and their unbeaten record. in all competitions now stands at 28 matches.

The French champions have also won each of their last four group stage matches in Champions League games – scoring at least four goals each time – and lost 2-1 to Juve earlier this season, but they never triumphed against the Old Lady in Europe.

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Team News

Paul Pogba in action for Juventus in July 2022© Reuters

Any hope that Paul Pogba had to represent France at the World Cup have been extinguished, with the midfielder yet to recover properly from a knee injury and now confirmed to be out of action. Didier Deschampsthe team.

The Old Lady is also expected to be without the key striker Dusan Vlahovic due to an adductor injury, while McKennie also picked up a muscle problem in the win over Lecce to add to the Old Lady’s growing slump. To make matters worse, the 19-year-old striker Matias Soulé also seemed to detect a problem in the dying embers this weekend.

Marley Ake, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, Gleison Bremer, Mattia of Sciglio, Federico Chiesa, Samuel Iling-Junior and Kaio Jorge also came out, but Manuel Locatelli should return from personal issues in a much-needed boost for Allegri. danilomeanwhile, is suspended for an accumulation of reservations.

On the other hand, the PSG treatment room remained almost vacant after Danilo Pereira recently returned to training after a hamstring injury, but Presnel Kimpembe and Clelor Navas were both ruled out with Achilles and back problems respectively.

Marco Veratti is back from a ban served in the 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa, but Neymar picked up his third tournament booking last week and will miss out here. Pablo Sarabia could therefore enter for a rare start.

After scoring twice in his last two games with PSG, Carlos Soler should take its place, while Marquinhos, Nuno Mendes, Ashraf Hakimi and Fabien Ruiz are also ready to return to the first XI as Galtier rotates his resources.

Possible starting line-up of Juventus:
Szczesny; Bonucci, Gatti, Sandro; Cuadrado, Rabiot, Locatelli, Miretti, Kostic; Kean, Milic

Possible starting line-up for Paris Saint-Germain:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos, Mendes; Soler, Verratti, Ruiz; Sarabia, Mbappe, Messi


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They say: Juventus 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain

PSG can’t always rely on their talented front line to get them out of trouble, but Juventus themselves are in deep trouble, with Allegri’s injury crisis worsening week by week.

Even without Vlahovic, the hosts can be confident of breaking the Parisians’ leaky backline on a goal-scoring ground, but a full-strength PSG can themselves expose a weakened Juventus XI to finish first and leave the Old Lady at risk of no European football after the World Cup.

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