Juventus (JUV) host defending champions Chelsea (CHE) in their UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Group H encounter at the Allianz Stadium in the early hours of Thursday, September 30.

Under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have been in great form this year but suffered a defeat against Premier League champions Manchester City over the weekend. However, Chelsea started the new UCL season with a win as they pipped Zenit 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and they will look to bag maximum points in their upcoming away fixture.

On the other hand, Juventus have had a disappointing season so far, managing just two wins in six Serie A matches. However, Massimiliano Allegri’s men made an impressive start to their UCL 2021-22 campaign as the Old Lady defeated Swedish side Malmo 3-0 in Matchday 1 and will look to continue their good form in Europe’s elite competition.

JUV vs CHE Dream11 Prediction

Juventus and Chelsea have faced each other four times in the Champions League and have won one game each. In their last meeting, Juventus beat Chelsea 3-0 in Turin in 2012. Going by recent form, reigning European champions Chelsea will start as favourites in the clash on Thursday.

JUV vs CHE Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

Since his return to the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku has shown why Chelsea desperately wanted him this season. The 28-year-old striker has already netted three goals in the Premier League and one in the Champions League. Having played two seasons for Inter Milan, Lukaku will be up against a familiar rival in Juventus and is set to trouble the centre-back pairing of Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci in this game.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Jorginho of Chelsea has been one of the standout players this year, having won the Champions League with the Blues and European Championship for Italy. The Brazil-born player has been instrumental in the midfield for Chelsea and will be key in the high-profile Champions League encounter on Thursday. Jorginho can also influence the game with his set-piece prowess.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci is a big match player and he will be the one to watch out for in the Old Lady backline. The 34-year-old defender helped Italy claim the European Championship and he is likely to bring his A-game against a formidable Chelsea side.

For the goalkeeper spot, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will be the preferred choice over Wojciech Szczesny of Juventus. Mendy has proved to be a stellar buy for the Blues as he effectively replaced error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga and has given much more solidity to the Chelsea defence. The Senegalese custodian will play an important role in deciding the outcome of the match.

JUV vs CHE probable playing XI

JUV probable XI (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny (goalkeeper); Alex Sandro, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci (captain), Juan Cuadrado; Rodrigo Bentancur, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa; Dejan Kulusevski, Moise Kean

CHE probable XI (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy (goalkeeper); Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta (captain), Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez; Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku

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