Old Trafford Ready For Ronaldo’s Return:
Cristiano Ronaldo will face Man Utd on Tuesday for the first time as a Juventus player:
Man Utd v Juventus, Tues 23rd October, 8pm, Champions League, RTE2 and BT Sport 2- Preview by Michael Brennan –
Juventus head to Old Trafford unbeaten this season in all competitions. They lost their 100% start to the domestic season with a 1-1 draw on Saturday at home to Genoa but will be hoping to bounce back against an inconsistently performing Manchester United side.
United enter the game with a solitary win in their last 5 games, that result coming after a second-half comeback against a Newcastle side that has yet to win this season.
However, they followed up that win with a draw against Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge and were unlucky not to win. That result ended Jose Mourinho’s four-game losing streak away to his former side as United manager.
The Champions League head-to-head record between the two teams currently reads as three wins, a draw and a defeat in favour of the home side. Manchester United have won the last three of those matches, including the famous semi-final second-leg victory en route to completing their famous treble in 1999 of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup final successes.
The last five games between these two sides have produced goals, with both teams scoring in four of the five games and over 2.5 goals being scored in four of the five games also.
One of the big talking points leading up to the match will surround Cristiano Ronaldo and his second time returning to Old Trafford since leaving the club for a then world record transfer fee in 2009.
On his previous return to Old Trafford, he scored for Real Madrid in a Champions League last-16 tie. He also scored a goal in the corresponding fixture at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo will be looking to get off the mark in the Champions League this season; already, he trails this season’s Champions League leading goal-scorer Lionel Messi by five goals.
Manchester United will be hoping to add to the four points already accrued in this season’s competition following a disappointing draw at home against Valencia in the previous round of fixtures.
If they are to get something from the game, they will be looking to Anthony Martial to continue his recent run of good form. The Frenchman scored both of his team’s goals on Saturday, which followed his strike against Newcastle in the fixture beforehand. Along with Paul Pogba, he is one of only two goalscorers for his club in the competition this season.
Manchester United will be without Marcos Rojo after persistent injuries have kept the Argentinian out of action since his World Cup campaign this summer. Jesse Lingard (groin), Scott McTominay (knee) and Marouane Fellaini (groin) are also doubtful leading into the match.
Juventus will be without Sami Khedira, who is out of action with a thigh injury sustained in Juventus’ opening Champions League fixture against Valencia. It has been reported this week that Emre Can will miss the match after being diagnosed with a thyroid nodule, which may require surgery.
Manchester United average 1.6 goals a game this season and have only managed to keep three clean sheets in 12 games.
Juventus average 1.8 goals away from home this season and will have the competition’s all-time leading scorer spearheading their attack.
With United struggling to keep clean sheets this season; both sides having scored in four of the five previous meetings, and with four of those five games also having produced over 2.5 goals then ‘Both Teams To Score’ and ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ could prove to be the best-value bets for the game.
Ronaldo to score anytime may also be a very likely outcome come the final whistle on Tuesday night. The competition’s all-time leading goal-scorer has yet to get off the mark in the competition this season and will be looking to rectify this.
As stated earlier, he has a good record against his former club in this competition.
As it is a ‘Double the Odds First Goalscorer’ game, Ronaldo as ‘First Goalscorer’ might be a less-conservative, but a potentially more rewarding selection.
Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Goals – 13/10
Ronaldo To Score Anytime – 11/8
Ronaldo To Score First – 7/2