Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri at the press conference ahead of their Champions League clash against Manchester CityGetty

Juventus welcome Manchester City in their penultimate group game, with both teams virtually assured of a place in the knockout phase of the competition. The two teams, however, will battle it out for top spot in the group that will give them an advantage going into the next round.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD.

Overview

The Citizens come into the game on the back of a humiliating 4-1 loss at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday (21 November) and Manuel Pellegrini will hope that his team can get back to their normal performance when they travel to Turin for their penultimate Champions League group game.

Manchester City were one of the form teams going into the clash against the Merseyside club but Jurgen Klopp's team shocked them with a clinical performance. Sergio Aguero, who returned from injury absence will be the main threat for Juventus, but the Etihad Stadium outfit are still without David Silva, who is yet to recover. Vincent Kompany could also miss out after sitting out the game against Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Juventus are coming into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over AC Milan and will look to continue their momentum against City. They will have to win to ensure qualification, despite being five points clear of third placed Sevilla. A win will give them a chance at topping the group, which is a major advantage going into the knockout phase of the elite European competition.

The reigning Italian champions will be without Sami Khedira, who has a knee injury while Patrice Evra and Martin Cacares are doubts for the game with ankle and thigh injuries respectively.

What Managers Say

Massimiliano Allegri: "It's an important game because it could influence who comes first in the group. We've got to aim to win tomorrow as it's the only result that guarantees us qualification. Our aim from day one was to win the group, but just qualifying would still be a great result for us. If we don't get a win, then we'll be reliant on Sevilla's game at Monchengladbach, but we've got to aim to play 95 minutes the way we have to do, aware we're up against one of the strongest sides in Europe."

Manuel Pellegrini: "We played a very bad game [against Liverpool] but that [inquest] finished [in training] on Sunday morning. A lot of things went wrong but it doesn't matter to analyse at this moment. It was a fake game and it more important to think about the future and have our minds on the next game. This is a different competition and a different game and we hope to return to our normal performance.

Betting Odds (888sport.com)

  • Manchester City Win: 12/5
  • Draw: 9/4
  • Juventus Win: 23/18

Team News

Juventus

Possible XI: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Sandro; Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba, Cuadrado; Morata, Dybala

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov; Toure, Fernando; Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero