Juventus host Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening in what is understood to be a packed Juventus Stadium in Turin.
When the draw was made official, the game between Juve and the reigning Ligue 1 champions gathered much anticipation. Even a few months ago, it was expected that the fixture would decide the European fortune for Juve. But now that the Old Lady’s fortune has been decided as they will end the Champions League group stages outside the top two positions, it is about ending the miserable experience on an optimistic note and securing their place in the Europa League via a third-placed finish.
The Bianconeri will play the rest of their European campaign in the Europa League this season unless Maccabi Haifa salvage something positive out of their game against Benfica and Juve fail to do the same on their home turf. The affair also holds some significance for the visitors, with PSG’s top-spot finish in the respective group at stake. A win for the Ligue 1 side means they would conclude the proceedings as the group winners.
Results in the last five matches in all competitions:
Massimiliano Allegri’s side is currently plagued by injuries. Paul Pogba, Mattia De Sciglio, Federico Chiesa, Ángel Di María, Leandro Paredes, and Dušan Vlahović are understood to be sidelined with their respective fitness issues. Bremer has rejoined the group training ahead of the Champions League clash but might not be able to take the field on Wednesday.
As for the visitors, Neymar is suspended for the game against the Italian side after earning his third yellow card this season in the UCL against Maccabi Haifa last week. Other than that, Christophe Galtier doesn’t have any other concerns in the fitness department.
Juventus predicted XI vs PSG:
Szczesny; Gatti, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Fagioli, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Miretti; Milik.
PSG predicted XI vs Juventus:
Donnarumma; Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe; Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Nuno Mendes; Sarabia, Messi, Mbappè.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder