Europa League: Juventus v Manchester City Betting Preview and Team News
Manchester City travelled to Turin having already qualified from Europa League Group A but look to beat Juventus to guarantee top spot and avoid the Champions League drop-outs at the next stage of the competition.
Although putting up a good show at Eastlands when drawing 1-1 in the reverse fixture, Juventus are already knocked out of the tournament after drawing all five games in the group and only have pride to play for.
How much this game will concern Juventus is another matter and their away game to Chievo on Sunday will carry much more importance as the former European giants are competing for second place and a Champions League spot in Serie A behind leaders AC Milan.
City, on the other hand will field a team with a number fringe players trying to impress boss, Roberto Mancini; Jolean Lescott, Alexander Kolarov, Micah Richards, Adam Johnson and David Silva will all be desperate to press their claims for regular first team football.
Mancini’s second string bounced back from the disappointing 3-1 defeat at Lech Poznan with an irresistible performance to beat Salzburg 3-0, they should have more desire for Thursday’s game and with the firepower at their disposal it would be a big disappointment if team were to fall short.
Bookmaker Stan James offer stand out odds of 2/1 for City to win the game in which they really should be favourites.
Juventus must field a team once again lacking their great goalkeeper, Gianlugi Buffon who is out until January. Former Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger is expected to start ahead of Marco Storari who played against Lazio at the weekend.
Midfielder Claudio Marschino will miss out due a calf injury sustained in Sunday’s game while right-back Zdenek Grygera is expected to get a run out after five weeks out of the team.
Mancini has left Mario Balotelli in Manchester due to fears he could come in for racist abuse in Turin and Carlos Tevez has also remained in England as the controversy rages over his transfer request.
Brazilian, Jo is expected to start up front alone as City’s other striker Emmanuel Adebayor is injured and Roque Santa Cruz is not eligible to play.
Kolarov missed the 3-1 win against West Ham at Upton Park due to suspension and he could start against Juventus.