Juventus will be eager to record another win against Malmo on Wednesday evening and keep alive their Champions league dreams.
Should Atletico Madrid defeat Olympiakos as expected on Wednesday, then the Italian champions can move to second place in the group should they manage a point against Malmo. We feel that they will better that and clinch maximum points in this match.
Both Juventus and Atletico are odds-on 4/11 favourites to win their respective matches this week, setting up a crunch match between the sides on December 9th and a clash which the Italians can afford to settle for a draw in order to progress in the competition.
Olympiakos will be looking to scupper these plans however when they visit Madrid this week and Malmo are still in with a chance, such is the tight nature of this group.
Nevertheless it is likely that the Spaniards and Italians will finish in the top two places and despite the Italian side failing to make much of an impression in the Champions League of late, we think they will manage to keep their dreams alive this time around.
The hosts did manage a 2-0 win against Olympiakos however and this will give the Swedish side the confidence that they can find a way past the Serie A champions, however the likelihood is that Juventus can repeat Atletico’s success and leave Malmo with a maximum points haul against a team which has failed to score in all but one of their four group matches.
One of these matches was a 2-0 defeat to Juventus in their opening match of the competition, Age Hareide’s side managing to hold out for the first sixty minutes before Carlos Tevez scored a brace in the final half-hour.
Juventus have lost their two away games to the tune of 1-0, however these were against arguably stronger sides in Spain and Greece and we feel that defeat in Sweden is extremely unlikely. Massimiliano Allegri can steer his side to victory on Wednesday evening and set the Italian champions up for a crunch clash with the Spanish champions in two weeks time.
Our betting tips
Juventus win to nil – BetVictor 11/10
Juventus 2-0 win – 888sport 23/4