Max Allegri will be missing striker Cristiano Ronaldo after his red card in the match with Valencia in the first fixture of the group. Fellow attacker Douglas Costa would be available here for this match despite his domestic ban in Italy, but he has an ankle problem. As far as injuries go, they have a few.Young Boys vs Juventus Live Match Streaming | Uefa Champions League 2018/19
Young Boys vs Juventus Live Match Streaming
- Wednesday 12th December
- Stade de Suisse
Full backs Leonardo Spinazzola and Mattia De Sciglio are joined by center midfielder Sami Khedira. No Ronaldo, no problem? Maybe not if the opposition was tougher, but for this match it shouldn’t be. They’ve still got Mario Mandzukic, who scored twice in their comeback victory over Napoli on Saturday, to lead the line. In the Champions League, they also have their top scorer, Miralem Pjanic, to look to. While both came from the spot, he is a central figure for them in the build up, and will remain an vital cog in the machine that is the Old Lady.
Gerardo Seoane, already very much the underdog, has a few injuries to account for here. Right backs Jordan Lotomba and Kevin Mbadu, center back Gregory Wuthrich, left midfielder Pedro Teixeria, and center midfielder Djibril Sow all are set to miss out.
To get themselves to this point, Young Boys had work to do. They had to come through the playoffs, and they were helped get through them by Guillaume Hoarau. The Frenchman has two goals so far this season in the UCL, so if anyone is likely to net for them it is he against this giant opponent. Goalkeeper Don von Ballmoss is the other man to watch. He’ll need to stand upon his head and make a lot of saves in order to even keep it remotely close.
Juventus come into this match having consolidated their place at the top of Italian Serie A once again. The multi defending champions saw off second place Napoli to build a six point gap over their closest rivals, and remained unbeaten and untied in league play. After winning the match away to Valencia, on ten men for much of it and without Ronaldo, that means they are yet to drop a solitary point as of yet.
Young Boys are very comparable to Juventus domestically. The defending Swiss champions look like they are cruising toward consecutive titles as they have gone nine matches without losing or even drawing. That has them 13 points ahead of the curve, nearly doubling their competition. However, they aren’t nearly as strong in Europe, as their loss at home to United shows. They’d do well to stay close in Turin.
Juventus overcame the questionable red card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo against Valencia to beat the Spanish side 2-0 at the Mestalla, confirming their status as one of the Champions League’s most dangerous and obdurate teams – with or without the Portuguese colossus.
Ronaldo will be back available for Juve’s third group stage game, against his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford later in October, and the Italians will fully expect to go to England with six points from a possible six. Indeed, Group H looks like coming down to a battle between United and Juve for the right to finish first, so that will be one of the crunch fixtures.
Max Allegri won’t want to look past Young Boys, though. The Swiss side were outclassed against United but shocks can and do happen, usually when the favoured team takes their eye off the ball. Whoever replaces Ronaldo will have something to prove to Allegri and it is vital his teammates take a similar approach – otherwise the Serie A superpowers will be playing catch up to their Premier League rivals, and La Liga representatives Valencia will be back in the mix too.
Young Boys were beaten 3-0 by United in the first round of group games and Juventus would expect something similar when they host Gerardo Seoane and his charges. A 4-0 home win isn’t out of the question.
What a… weird game it was, the one Juventus played at Valencia two weeks ago. They lost Cristiano Ronaldo in the 29th minute (direct red card), but were 0-1 up by halftime, thanks to a penalty. Six minutes into the second half, second penalty, 0-2, which was the final score as well. Juventus finished that game on nine attempts, two of those being their penalty kicks. Valencia had 28(!), but only six on target, and no goals. As for Ronaldo, he was left swearing that he hadn’t done anything to the Valencia player who fell on the ground after their altercation. Juve have won all seven matches in the Serie A thus far, and on Saturday they beat Napoli as well, 3-1, at home, despite going 0-1 down 10 minutes into the game.
Simply put, Young Boys lost to a better team two weeks ago, when they hosted Manchester United. They had as many attempts as United, as many on target as well, a shot on the post, just like the English side, but the final score was 0-3, because United were much more effective. Especially the second goal they conceded from the penalty spot just before halftime, was a real blow to them, as it left them with a mountain to climb in the second part. They have looked impressive since then in their championship, destroying Basel 7-1(!!!), Thun 1-4, and beating St. Gallen as well. They are not just leading in Switzerland’s championship, they are on 27 points from nine matches, having maintained an absolutely perfect record.