Thomas Tuchel had the international break to fix up his sides’ output issues that they demonstrated when hosting Burnley, and they looked a far more clinical side in their 3-0 win at the King Power on Saturday afternoon.
The blues have a tough week ahead as they look to level their head-to-head record with Juventus in this group before facing a Man United side on a potential managerial bounce
Juve haven’t had the best of seasons so far, though Massimo Allegri looks to be restamping his mark as they’ve climbed to eighth in the table.
Three matches without a win (D1-L2) against Inter, Sassuolo and Verona have now been followed up with three successive victories against Zenit, Fiorentina and Lazio, ending the latter’s unbeaten home league record in 2021 at the weekend via two Leonardo Bonucci penalties.
Since losing away in Turin, Chelsea have gone unbeaten from their nine outings (W7-D2), with six of those seven victories coming to nil and they’ll be full of confidence heading into this clash, knowing a victory by two or more goals will be the perfect foundations for winning this group.
However, the blues have been better on the road this season than they have at home, where they’ve gone W6-D3-L1, so there’s certainly scope for the Old Lady to get something here.
Allegri may have to contend this outing without a host of top players, including Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo, Federico Bernadesci and Aaron Ramsey, while Paolo Dybala is still unlikely to start, although may make an appearance from the bench.
With that said, Juve have the squad depth to be able to cope with those absentees, with Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata providing a strong attacking threat.
Under 2.5 Goals
The Italian side have a very strong record when coming to England, winning each of their last three visits against Man City, Man United and Spurs.
They’re yet to win at Stamford Bridge, going D1-L1 from their two trips, though with the most recent being a 2-2 draw back in 2012 that should have little bearing.
Chelsea have the best defensive record in Europe at the moment, while Allegri looks to be shoring up this Juve defence nicely with successive clean sheets now. That makes us lean towards backing a low scoring affair here.
The visitors only need a point here to put them in the driver's seat for top spot, so we’d expect them to be compact and make this hard on their hosts, and with two sides of real quality, this is likely to be a game of fine margins.
The result is up in the air for us, and an unders bet looks like a smart play considering.
UNDER 2.5 GOALS