By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 19th September 2018
Juventus visit Valencia on 19th September with the match from the Mestalla stadium broadcast live on BT Sport at 20:00 GMT.
Valencia vs Juventus predictions and odds: A triumphant return to Spain for Ronaldo
The Old Lady are the betting favourites in this match-up with their odds trading at a 17/20 pick, whilst the William Hill forecasters have priced the home side Valencia’s chances at 16/5.
A draw is betting at a 5/2 tip in our Valencia vs Juventus predictions but Allegri’s side will be gunning for all three points in a markedly difficult Group H that also features Manchester United.
Valencia have struggled so far this season claiming a mere three points from four games. Draws with Real Betis, Atletico Madrid and Levante preceded a poor defeat to Espanyol leaving Los Che languishing 17th in the league table.
Crucially, a lack of intensity will worry head coach Marcelino whose side were anything but apathetic when they finished three points behind Real Madrid last season.
Ex-Los Blancos star Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to capitalise on Valencia’s misfortunes when the sides meet on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old is a much favoured 21/20 projection to score anytime in the betting and he will be confident on building on his brace from the weekend that opened his Juventus account.
Four straight wins for the Bianconeri places them right at the top of the Serie A table making them expected favourites to clinch their 8th consecutive league title.
But the real objective is Europe’s most premier competition – a trophy they have not claimed since 1996. Many believe the acquisition of Ronaldo can help end that 22 year wait.
Head-to-Head record: These two sides have never faced each other in European competition despite boasting 11 European Cup final appearances between them.
Click here to read what we make of the Champions League top scorer odds.
Valencia vs Juventus betting tips: predictions, outside bets, scorer
The Portuguese super star boasts a remarkable record against Valencia having made them his whipping boys during his time at Real Madrid.
With 15 goals in 18 appearances against Los Che, punters should be extremely confident that Ronaldo can torment Valencia again only in different colours.
While Messi may now hold the record for the most goals in the Champions League group stages, no-one can touch Ronaldo’s superior all-time record of 120 goals in this competition. His 15 goals last year was the 7th season in a row Ronaldo posted double digits in the UEFA Champions League which is why we fancy him in our Valencia vs Juventus predictions.
Predicted scorer: Michy Batshuayi to open the scoring, odds trading at 13/2
The Belgian has been limited to only substitute appearances for the La Liga outfit so far, playing twelve minutes against Real Betis on the weekend.
Batshuayi appears to be being eased in but is expected to start against Juventus on Wednesday. Valencia’s loanee striker scored twice against Scotland during the international break and is coming off the back of a fruitful loan for Borussia Dortmund last season which saw him score nine times in 14 appearances for the German club.
He is our betting prediction tip to open the scoring in this fixture.
The Mestalla is a familiar playground for Ronaldo so there should be no period of assimilation for him in the Champions League this season.
Five shots on target might seem a steep amount to punt on but you should consider Cristiano already averages three shots on target in Serie A in what has been a relatively timid start for him at his new club.
Paulo Dybala should occupy the #10 position behind Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic so betting on him to grab at least two shots on target is well-worth a punt in this scenario, especially if Juventus can control proceedings from the off.
Valencia vs Juventus: Opta Stats
- Valencia will be the eighth different Spanish opponent that Juventus have faced in the Champions League, with this the first competitive meeting between the sides.
- Five of Juventus’ last six defeats in the Champions League have been inflicted by Spanish teams – two defeats against both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and the other against Sevilla.
- This will be Massimiliano Allegri’s 77th game as a manager in the Champions League, taking him outright third among Italian coaches with the most games managed in the competition (after Carlo Ancelotti, 153, and Fabio Capello, 78).
- Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has made the most appearances of any outfield player in Champions League history (153), with only goalkeeper Iker Casillas (167) making more than him.
- Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in Champions League history, netting 120 goals in 153 total appearances in the competition.
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 many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport 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.