Last year’s Europa League winners, Villarreal fought valiantly in their Champions League (CL) group, they ended up in second place with a four-point gap between them and third place, Atalanta who have had some decent runs in the CL as of late.
Arnaut Danjuma has been a fantastic signing for Villarreal, costing in the region of £25m, the ex-Bournemouth man has recorded 12 goals in his 21 games so far for the club playing in a LW or LM position.
Danjuma managed a hattrick of goals in his last game versus Granada so we expect him to be brimming with confidence as he enters the biggest game of his career so far.
The signing of Dusan Vlahovic hasn’t quite come to fruition yet with him only scoring one goal in 254 minutes of play in his Juventus career so far.
The Serbian International was signed for £75m from Fiorentina in January but he wasn’t just signed to fix their goal-scoring woes, his ability to link the play to the midfielders or wingers and hold up the ball and then place a pass between the defenders is phenomenal.
Juventus have drawn four out of their last seven league games, which may be seen as a sign of concern for anyone attached to Juve but they had a hard run of games playing the likes of Napoli, Atalanta, AC Milan and AS Roma all of whom they drew against aside from Roma who they managed to beat 4-3.
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Le Zebre have an average record in Spain since the start of the 15/16 season with 4W-D2-L3 to their name but we feel like this record should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Juve have had a fall from grace over the course of this season with them not being the Italian giants that they were so used to being, this will partly be due to their top goal-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo leaving but also they have an ageing squad with some of their mainstays in the team being over 34 now and they just don't have the ability nor the fitness to compete at the top level week in week out.
It has to be said that Villarreal look to be in better shape going into this game, having a record of W7-D2-L1 in their last ten league games, the two draws were against the dominant Madrid clubs and the loss was against Elche.
Villarreal score an average of 1.68 goals per game but their home goal-scoring rate is incredible, whenever they play at home that goes up to 2.23 goals per game.
Couple this with Juventus ability to score more goals on the road than at home and we may be in for goal-fest. However, with the abolishment of the away goals rule means we may see a very passive Juventus side turn up to the Estadio de la Cerámica
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