Nantes – Juventus Tips Free Betting Tips
Nantes earned a valuable draw after falling behind at the Allianz Stadium in the first leg of this UEFA Europa League (UEL) tie, showing more than just defense against a Juventus side unbeaten at home in the competition. Now they can complete their revenge, 27 years after the Bianconeri denied them their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final, despite a 3-2 win in the first home semi-final clash in 1996.
That performance came a year after Nantes enjoyed their best run in the predecessor competition, reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. They clearly have the wherewithal to frustrate the Turin giants again, having kept clean sheets in three of their four home games so far this season. However, they were unable to shine defensively last weekend as Nantes lost 3-1 to Lens, and with their stay in the top flight of French soccer still not 100% certain, this should be a welcome distraction from their domestic woes.
Juventus know that winning this competition is now their most likely route back to the UCL after a recent points deduction in Serie A left them well outside the top four in the table, despite a 2-0 win last weekend over Spezia. The visitors also face demons from the past in this fixture, having missed out on the 2014 UEL final after losing 2-1 to Benfica in their most recent away match in the competition, but remain favorites to advance to the next round,having never failed to score in a UEL clash on rival soil (G6, E3, P2).
Juventus’ 2014 UEL campaign also saw them beat a French side (Lyon) 1-0 in the round prior to their elimination. That contributes to an all-time positive record for Juve against teams representing France (G19, E8, P8), which includes a 43% winning percentage in away games this century (G3, E1, P3), with three of those wins coming with clean sheets.
Players to watch: Nantes midfielder Ludovic Blas equalized the first leg after Dušan Vlahović opened the scoring, that being his sixth consecutive goal recorded during or after the 60th minute. For Juventus, Moise Kean is a viable option alongside Vlahović, scoring the first goal of the match with four of his last five goals, with the most recent leading the win over Spezia on Sunday.
Noteworthy Fact: None of Nantes’ previous home games this year have registered first-half goals.
OVER 2.5 GOALS Odds: 2.00
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