With some star names missing from both teams’ forward lines, Al Hain-Cole expects a strong Bianconeri team to dominate a low-scoring clash in Atlanta
A packed crowd will fill Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday as Juventus take on the MLS All-Stars in the annual All-Star game.
The All-Stars have not won this fixture since beating Tottenham in 2015, losing out to Arsenal and Real Madrid in the last two seasons.
Nevertheless, they are available at 11/5 (3.20) with bet365 to put that record straight by coming out on top against the Italian champions.
The Bianconeri have beaten Bayern Munich and Benfica so far on their American tour, and are 4/5 (1.80) favourites to maintain their winning streak in this one.
The second of those victories was recorded on penalties after a 1-1 draw, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on this game also remaining tied after 90 minutes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa have withdrawn from the squad due to fatigue and injury respectively, with Tyler Adams of the New York Red Bulls and Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero their replacements.
Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain and new signing Cristiano Ronaldo are all absent from the travelling party as they begin pre-season training in Italy.
Aside from the lack of star names in attack, Massimiliano Allegri’s squad is at almost full strength for this tour of the USA.
From Wojciech Szczesny in goal to Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio and Emre Can in midfield via a defence including Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro, the spine of the team is very similar to the one that will start the Serie A campaign.
While three goals in two games so far this summer does not suggest they will prove too prolific up front, Juventus conceded just 24 goals in 38 league games last season and should not have too much trouble in keeping at bay an opposition attack deprived of Ibrahimovic and Villa.
Considering the hosts have not conceded more than twice in any of the last four All Star games, odds of 6/4 (2.50) appear generous on under three goals being scored in this one.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.