Jekyll and Hyde Manchester City head to Turin knowing that a win would secure top spot in group D.
It is becoming increasingly impossible to predict the outcome of any Manchester City game. An impressive 3-1 victory in Sevilla in the last round of champions league games has been followed by two dismal showing in the Premier League. City have now relinquished top spot in the League after a goalless draw at struggling Aston Villa and the embarrassing 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Saturday.
The continued absence of David Silva and long periods out of the team for Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany has meant that Pellegerini’s men have been unable to get their strongest team out for much of the campaign. Aguero did mange to last an hour against Liverpool on Saturday and will be much better for that come Wednesday. Of greatest concern to the City manager will by his sides inability to defend when Kompany doesn’t play.
In contrast, Juventus are beginning to hit their straps in Serie A after a difficult start and were impressive in their 1-0 win over Milan. Juve need a win to ensure they qualify for the last 16, although a draw would be enough for them if Sevilla fail to beat Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.
Much will depend on which Manchester City turn up on the night and whether Kompany is fit to play. Although City have qualified already, they will still want to win the group and will also want to avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered at home to Juve in the reverse fixture in September.
James Doan prediction: 2-2 (14/1 bet 365)
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