Italian Serie A side Juventus holds a commanding 3-1 lead against Fulham with the second leg to be played at Craven Cottage on Thursday night.
Fulham v Juventus Preview
Fulham has a lot of work to do with a two goal deficit to overcome against Juventus. In the first leg, Juventus score three first half goals including the last in stoppage time that could be the difference. Fulham have been much better at home but will need a great performance to advance to the quarterfinals.
Juventus will be without several players for the match due to injuries and a suspension. Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Claudio Marchisio, Gianluigi Buffon, Alex Manninger, Amauri and Michele Paolucci are out with injuries while Nicola Legrottaglie is out due to suspension.
The home side has several key players unavailable for the match including Danny Murphy and Jonathan Greening due to suspension. Andy Johnson, John Pantsil, David Elm and Bjorn Helge Riise are all unavaible due to injury. Nicky Shorey and Stefano Okaka are ineligible for the competition while Brede Hangeland is a doubt because of a chest injury.
Fulham will have many of their attacking players healthy including Damien Duff, Simon Davies, Clint Dempsey, and striker Bobby Zamora. They will need to play an attacking and aggressive style to score goals. Fulham typically plays a disciplined style that doesn’t produce a ton of goals but is very strong defensively. Fulham manager Roy Hogdson realizes the situation and will employ an attacking style for the match.
Juventus will not need to take chances and just needs to keep the match within one goal to advance. They will be led by veterans Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Cannavaro. If Juventus can produce repeat their form from the first leg, then they should be on their way to the quarterfinals.
|Last Five Matches in Competition|
|@Juventus 3-1||Fulham 3-1|
|@Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1||Ajax Amsterdam 0-0|
|Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1||@Ajax Amsterdam 1-2|
|@FC Basel 2-3|
|CSKA Sofia 1-0|
Fulham v Juventus Prediction
Fulham will win the match 2-1 but Juventus advances 3-4 on aggregate.
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