By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 23rd October 2018
With his red card suspension limited to only one game, Cristiano Ronaldo will return for Juventus against his old club Manchester United as the two clubs by for 1st position in Group A.
Man United vs Juventus: Odds and Predictions
Despite playing at home, Manchester United remain outsiders for all three points in the pre-match betting with their odds projected at 21/10 for the victory.
Max Allegri’s men meanwhile trade at an 11/8 pick for the win whilst a sharing of the spoils of war is adjudged to be 9/4 by the William Hill traders.
Our Man United vs Juventus predictions back the favourites and figure Juventus will leave Old Trafford five points clear at the top of Group H.
Despite drawing 1-1 with Genoa at the weekend, Juventus have been in imperious form, winning the prior 10 matches in the league and in Europe.
By contrast, Manchester United have struggled for consistency this season languishing in 9th position in the league and seeing coach Jose Mourinho remain the favourite in the Premier League sack race betting.
A goalless draw last time out in Europe against Valencia leaves them sitting in second place in their group on four points but having won only once in their last six outings, it’s very clear to see why they stand as outsiders when you peek at the odds.
This is their first meeting since 2002/03: Head-head record (most recent first): Juventus 0-3 Manchester United, Manchester United 2-1 Juventus, Juventus 2-3 Manchester United, Manchester United 1-1 Juventus, Juventus 1-0 Manchester United
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Man United vs Juventus predictions: best bet, goal-scorer and correct score
Score prediction: Juventus to win by 2 or more at enhanced odds of 4/1
The Old Lady sits pretty at the top of the Serie A table, four points clear of second-placed Napoli. Max Allegri is vying for his fourth straight Serie A title but it is Europe that will be the primary objective this season.
The acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo is a testament to that goal and the renewed vibrancy of Juventus’ performances in Europe means we’re backing the Bianconeri to win comfortably at Old Trafford.
United struggled last time out against Valencia, failing to produce enough quality chances to hurt the same La Liga outfit that Juventus beat so impressively on Game Week One.
Despite having Ronaldo sent off in the first half, Juve scored two goals away from home at the Mestalla to cap off an impressive 10-man performance.
The second instalment of our Man United vs Juventus predictions are backing Juventus’ Argentinian ace to score the first goal for the away side.
Dybala has form in the Champions League having scored a hat-trick against Young Boys in the previous round and received a WhoScored Man of the Match rating of 9.65 so we’re backing him to continue that run of form in Europe at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival threatened to leave Dybala on the periphery but the 24-year-old proved he could still be counted on when he scored all three goals in the absence of the Portuguese legend.
If you fancy Ronaldo – who is fresh of scoring his 400th career league goal from the weekend – his odds of being the first away goal-scorer trade at 23/10.
Goal-scorer prediction: Anthony Martial to score anytime betting at 14/5
At such enticing odds, backing Anthony Martial to score any time against Juventus should be well worth your consideration on Tuesday evening.
The Frenchman has forced his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans and Alexis Sanchez out of the side. His double against Chelsea on the weekend was his third in his past two games for Manchester United and the 22-year old looks a player reborn.
Juventus’s defence is notoriously stringent (they have conceded only six times in the 11 outings this season) but if there is anyone who can break the dead-lock is surely has to be the man of the moment.
The final instalment in our Man United vs Juventus predictions is Martial to score anytime against Juventus at odds of 14/5.
Man United vs Juventus stats: Opta
- Man United have kept a clean sheet in both of their Champions League games this season; the last time they kept two clean sheets in their opening three group games they win on to they ended up reaching the final
- Juventus have lost just two of their last 23 Champions League group-stage games (W14, D7)
- Paul Pogba has had a hand in all three of United’s Champions League goals this season (2 goals, 1 assist)
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals and two assists against sides he’s previously played for
- Only Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech has more shots without scoring (12) in the Champions League than Marcus Rashford (9)
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.