Ferencvaros vs. Juventus – Champions League, November 4, 2020
Hungarian minnow Ferencvaros faces a tough test against Italian giant Juventus on Wednesday, November 4, as the two sides clash in the Champions League.
Having picked up one point from their opening two games, the Budapest outfit sits bottom of Group G. Meanwhile, Andrea Pirlo’s side is second, three points behind frontrunner Barcelona.
If you’re planning to wager on Wednesday’s Champions League clash, why not check out my Ferencvaros vs. Juventus prediction and betting pick below?
The online sportsbooks aren’t giving Ferencvaros (13.00) much of a chance here. After all, the Hungarian side possesses a far weaker squad than Juventus (1.25).
Given that the Italian side is the away team in this fixture, I was hoping the odds for the Juve win would be slightly higher. Still, you can’t really argue with the bookies’ prices.
It’s safe to say that Ferencvaros could hardly have suffered a worse start to their Champions League campaign. Serhiy Rebrov’s side was crushed 5-1 by Barcelona on Matchday 1, with Ihor Kharatin scoring a consolation penalty midway through the second half.
However, the Hungarian side can be very proud of their efforts on Matchday 2. The Green Eagles were 2-0 down at half-time against Dynamo Kiev, but a late rally saw them score twice and rescue a draw from the jaws of defeat.
Of course, Juventus will pose a far greater threat than Dynamo Kiev. But if Ferencvaros can carry their domestic form onto the European stage, Rebrov’s men could cause the Old Lady a few problems.
The Green Eagles are unbeaten in domestic competition this season, with five draws and two wins helping them to secure top spot in the Hungarian top flight.
Cristiano Ronaldo inspires Juventus to a 4-1 win over Spezia after making his comeback from the bench ? pic.twitter.com/tD4VVF4yg6— Goal (@goal) November 1, 2020
It was clear that Juventus struggled without Crisitano Ronaldo when Barcelona came to town last week. The Bianconeri failed to register a single shot on target on Matchday 2, and the team looked lost without their talisman.
Following a period of self-isolation, Ronaldo returned to action on Sunday. The Portuguese megastar was brought on as a second-half substitute, and within 20 minutes, he bagged a brace. Juve crushed Spezia 4-1 and maintained their unbeaten start in Serie A (three wins, three draws).
In fairness, Alvaro Morata has performed admirably in Ronaldo’s absence recently. The Spanish striker netted both goals in a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Matchday 1 and has also racked up two goals and two assists in his previous three Serie A appearances.
With Ronaldo back and Morata firing on all cylinders, Andrea Pirlo’s men will be extremely difficult to stop on Wednesday.
Ferencvaros vs. Juventus Pick
Juventus to Win1.25
Given the gulf in quality between these two teams, odds of 1.25 for the Juventus win aren’t actually too bad. I’m sure we would all like the price for the away victory to be higher here, but I still think it is worth taking advantage of.
Yes, Ferencvaros put in a spirited performance to secure a comeback draw against Dynamo last week. But let’s be honest, Juventus should find it relatively easy to come away from Hungary with all three points.