Juventus are off to their worst ever start in Serie A. The Old Lady of Italian football are winless in three straight games in the Italian top flight after losing 2-1 to Napoli at the weekend. Juventus were up 1-0 at halftime but gave up two goals to Napoli in the second half and fell to a loss. On Tuesday night, Juventus will kick off their Champions League Group H campaign against Sweden’s reigning champions, Malmo.

Malmo vs Juventus Match Preview

The Old Lady and Malmo are joined by Chelsea and Zenit St. Petersburg in Group H. Malmo will be expected by many to be the whipping boys of Group H, but the Swedish team shouldn’t be discounted before the group stage begins. Malmo came through the qualifying stages of the Champions League having started in the first qualifying round. Malmo defeated Riga 2-1 on aggregate, HJK 4-3 on aggregate, Rangers 4-2 on aggregate, and Ludogorets 3-2 on aggregate.

While Juventus will be playing their first Champions League match, Malmo have already played eight times in the competition to reach the group stage. The Swedish team will fancy their chances of getting the upper hand against a Juventus team that has started the season so poorly.

Malmo are out of form in the Swedish Allsvenskan. The Sky Blues have failed to win four of their last six matches in all competitions. Can Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team turn things around at home against Juventus?

Malmo vs Juventus Betting Odds

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure has hit Juventus hard. Against Napoli, the team looked like they were waiting for one player to step up and take control of the game, something they relied on Ronaldo to do.

 

Since Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin, the team has taken a step backwards despite their trophies. Ronaldo’s impact on the Old Lady made the team revolve around him. Now, Juventus are struggling to gel with every player needing to fulfil their role.

Despite the poor start to the new campaign, leading bookies have Juventus at the best betting odds of 19/40 to win away to start the Champions League. Malmo cannot be taken lightly. They played well in the Champions League qualifying rounds, playing eight matches and reaching the group stage. The journey from the first qualifying round to the group stage is long and difficult.

Malmo defeated some good teams on the way such as Rangers and Ludogorets. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Malmo win at full-time are at 13/2. Malmo and Juventus have played one time previously in European competition. The 2014-15 Champions League saw Juventus defeat Malmo 4-0 over the course of two matches.

Malmo vs Juventus Team News

Malmo are in the middle of their Allsvenskan season in Sweden. The reigning champions are three points back of first-place Djurgaarden. Malmo have put a lot of energy and time into their Champions League campaign thus far. Tomasson has several long-term injuries going into the game. Ola Toivonen and Jonas Knudsen are ruled out of action. Meanwhile, Niklas Moisander and midfielder Oscar Lewicki are doubts to play.

Goalkeeper Ismael Diawara has played recently for the injured Johan Dahlin. Diawara should remain in goal. Croatian striker Antonio Colak is the team’s dangerman. He starred in qualifying scoring five goals in eight games.

Juventus coach Max Allegri should welcome back Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala, Danilo, Alex Sandro, and Rodrigo Bentancur. Each of those players should feature after missing the game in Naples after returning late from international duty.

Winger Federico Chiesa is likely to remain sidelined with a hamstring problem. Brazilian duo Kaio Jorge and Arthur are both absent. Aaron Ramsey could play a part in the game.

Malmo vs Juventus H2H

Malmo and Juventus met during the 2014-15 Champions League season. Juventus won both fixtures by a combined scoreline of 4-0. The 2014-15 season is a lifetime ago in terms of football. Malmo should fancy their chances of an unlikely win due to Juventus’s awful form. However, Malmo could be the perfect remedy for Juventus’s problems.

Malmo played eight times in the Champions League qualifying rounds. They outscored opponents 13-8 in eight matches. Juventus have played three times in Serie A this season being outscored 5-3. The Old Lady of Italian football are on a two-game losing streak. Juventus have conceded four of their five goals this season in the second half.

Malmo vs Juventus Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 20/23 - BET NOW

 

 

Juventus are conceding goals this season. The defence looks tired and the attack is not clicking. The team’s midfield looks out of touch. Weston McKennie doesn’t seem to know where to play and Adrien Rabiot doesn’t seem to be up to the level Juventus need. Malmo saw six of their eight Champions League qualifying matches finish with both teams scoring. Two of Juventus’s three Serie A games ended with both sides finding the back of the net.

 

Paulo Dybala to score anytime @ 13/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Paulo Dybala has started the Serie A season well at Juventus. He has one goal and one assist in two matches this season. Dybala missed the game against Napoli after returning late from South America due to the late running of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying matches. Our betting tips prediction is for Dybala to score anytime. His importance has grown in Turin with Ronaldo now departed.

 

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 13/20 - BET NOW

 

 

Two of Juventus’s last three games finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Their only game to see under 2.5 goals tallied was a 1-0 loss to Empoli. Malmo have had five of their eight Champions League qualifying matches end with more than 2.5 goals tallied.

 

Our betting tips prediction is Malmo and Juventus will finish the game on Tuesday night with more than 2.5 goals. The Sky Blues should push a beaten down Juventus side this week. Juventus should ultimately overcome Malmo in Sweden with over 2.5 goals being scored. The Old Lady are still a step ahead of Malmo and should finally click on Tuesday night in the Champions League group stage.