We are one week into the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and there have already been a ton of surprises during the group stage matches, thus far. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool all suffered opening match losses, while Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham only came away with one point last time out. In addition, all of Group F is tied with one point apiece, after both matches ended in draws, as well. We have a ton of compelling matchups for week 2 of group stage competition in the UEFA Champions League. Without further ado, here are the best bets for October 1-2 in Europe.
Juventus vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Juventus gave up a two-goal lead versus Atlético Madrid on Champions League matchday one (2-2) but have won all three of their Serie A fixtures since, netting two goals each time. All three victories saw the ‘Bianconeri’ score exactly once in each half and keep a clean sheet in the last hour of play.
Juventus Team News
- Alex Sandro missed out against SPAL at the weekend because of a family emergency, and his availability against Bayer Leverkusen is also in doubt. Blaise Matuidi will continue at left-back if Sandro is absent once more,
- Juventus will be without Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa, Danilo, Mattia De Sciglio and Marko Pjaca through injury, while Emre Can was left out of their Champions League squad,
- Juventus have changed formation to 4-3-1-2 in recent weeks to get the best out of summer signing Aaron Ramsey and could continue with that shape here,
- Paulo Dybala or Gonzalo Higuain will partner Cristiano Ronaldo up front, with the latter favored after Dybala got the nod at the weekend.
- Wojciech Szczesny will return in goal after Gianluigi Buffon got a run out at the weekend.
Bayer Leverkusen Team News
- Leon Bailey is expected to miss out for Bayer Leverkusen, and his absence is a blow for the Bundesliga outfit. Karim Bellarabi is also a doubt.
- Kerem Demirbay has not started in Leverkusen’s last two matches and may have to settle for another place on the bench here.
Juventus is unbeaten in all competitions this season and is yet to hit their best form under new manager Maurizio Sarri. Juventus has only won two of their last eight matches in the Champions League and blew a 2-0 lead against Atletico Madrid to draw 2-2 last time out in the competition.
After a run of three games without a win, Bayer Leverkusen has won successive matches without conceding, notably dropping big money summer signing Kerem Demirbay in the process. The German side has only won two of their last 14 matches in the Champions League but has at least hit decent form heading into Tuesday’s match. Juventus is hosting Leverkusen for the first time since 2001, when they ran out 4-0 winners, thanks to goals from David Trezeguet, Igor Tudor and Alessandro Del Piero.