Fulham - Juventus

Fulham are two goals down (1-3) after the first game. Positive for them is scored away goal, but also not so bad and competitive display. They have good home record in Premier, but also in European competitions (9 wins, 4 draws). Many of those European games weren’t against the clubs of Juve’s calibre, but Cottagers have already beaten there Man Utd and Liverpool in Premier. However, boss Hodgson will be without his rock in the midfield and key player in my opinion, Danny Murphy, who is suspended. As well as Jonathan Greening. Andy Johnson and John Pantsil are injured, David Elm ill and Nicky Shorey and Stefano Okaka are both ineligible. It’s a total of 7 players who are usually in contention for the first team, but the true is Fulham used to play without most of them and only blow for them, beside Murphy, is doubtful appearance of key defender Brede Hangeland who will have a late fitness test.


Juve have two goals lead from the first game, possess more quality and much more experience playing in Europe. But, there’re also few facts that don’t go in their favor. First, they’re not so happy on English soil, 2 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats so far (though most of them were played in Champions League). Then, their injury worries look more serious than hosts’. Gigi Buffon is injured, his replacement Manninger too. That gives Zaccheroni two choices. Old Chimenti (conceded 3 at Sunday vs. Siena at home 3-3) or youngster Pinsogliois. Also, block in front will be without key defender Chiellini and two more in back line, Legrottaglie and Caceres! This makes from a defensive attitude very risky approach.


Cottagers really believe (most important for this bet) they can progress. Smaller pitch gives the advantage to their aggression and decreases Italians’ technical superiority. Result from the first match won’t allow home side to give up, while on the other side Juve won’t defend 0-0. Also, Del Piero and Trezeguet can score at anytime. I see goals on both sides and see over 2.5 as a logic conclusion.


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