Juventus vs Nantes – Betting Preview
The Europa League will resume on Thursday when Juventus hosts Nantes in Turin for the first leg of their knockout round matchup after a three-month hiatus.
The crisis-ridden Italian giants will want to get a jump on France with a spot in the round of 16 on the line, but their guests are currently on a roll, having dropped just one of their past seven Ligue 1 games.
The Europa League is one of the Bianconeri’s final realistic goals between now and June, despite the fact that they recovered from such a humiliation on Europe’s biggest stage by going on a lengthy winning streak in Serie A without giving up a goal.
Juve lost to promoted Monza after being docked 15 points for financial transgressions, and embattled coach Max Allegri even muttered ominously of a potential struggle against relegation.
The situation in Turin has improved considerably with three straight victories in league and cup play, though, and Juventus has advanced to the Coppa Italia semi-finals. The 36-time Scudetto winners are now up to ninth after a 1-0 triumph over Fiorentina last weekend.
Juve was defeated at home by Paris Saint-Germain as part of their terrible European campaign in the fall, making them the first French team to ever defeat the Old Lady in Italy.
Antoine Kombouare’s team will have no fear of anyone in light of their domestic form because Nantes, like Juventus, have a good recent record and have advanced in their national cup this month as they continue their defence of the Coupe de France.
Les Canaris have only lost twice in 18 games in all competitions, including a 1-0 setback to Lorient last weekend, and have won 10 of those games. At Stade de la Beaujoire, Ludovic Blas scored once more after earlier scoring in a 2-0 victory over Ajaccio to extend their overall unbeaten road streak to seven games.
Although scoring has been difficult this season, only two goals have been given up since the winter break, and eight clean sheets in Ligue 1 show their tenacity on defence.
Nantes now has a Coupe de France quarterfinal and their matchup with Juventus to look forward to over the course of the next two weeks after moving closer to mid-table and further away from danger towards the bottom of the table.
1×2 Betting Odds
Juventus to win stands @ 1.41. while a victory for Nantes at the Old Lady stands @ 9.52.
Despite the odd outlier, Juventus doesn’t give much up defensively, and despite Nantes’ greatly better form, they don’t produce much.
The game should be low-scoring, and an Old Lady victory by a single goal would maintain the tie evenly matched going into the second leg next week!
The possibility of a stalemate stands @ 5.10.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.96.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.03.
As mentioned before, this one could be one of those low scoring matches where one or two moments decide the game.