Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Juventus will be aiming to kick off their Champions League campaign in style when they take on Malmo at Eleda Stadion on Tuesday evening. The Bianconeri have been struggling at the start of the new Serie A season, with the team collecting only one point from possible nine. Cristiano Ronaldo was sorely missed in a 2-1 loss to Napoli at the weekend, but Juve are still seen as favourites to beat Malmo in the elite competition.
All Artur, Chiea, Kaio Jorge, and Nicolussi Caviglia are out of contention with injuries for the visiting team, while Alex Sandro, Bentacur, Cuardrado, Danilo, and Dybala return from international duties. Malmo, on the other hand, are fighting hard to defend their Allsvenskan trophy. The Swedish champions, though, do not seem to be at the top of their game, and seeing that Innocent has joined the likes of Dahlin, Knudsen, Lewicki, Moisander, Pena, and Toivonen in the recovery room, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Knudsen):
Back in 2004 Jonas Knudsen of Denmark began his youth career at Hjerting IF. In 2006 he joined Esbjerg and he made his first-team debut for the club in a heavy 4-0 loss to Randers. Knudsen became the second youngest debutant in the history of the club and he stayed at the club until 2015.
The 185-cm-tall left back joined Ipswich Town on 31 July, 2015 and his deal with the Tractor Boys expires in 2018. Knudsen used to play for Denmark U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in the past and he has four caps for the first team. Jonas Knudsen made 41 appearances for Ipswich town in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he scored one goal for the club on his debut season.
The Danish international is well known for his long throws and journalists in England often compare him with Rory Delap. Knudsen was born on 16 September, 1992 in Esbjerg.
Highlighted Team (Juventus):
Juventus are considered one of the greatest European football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have won two Champions League trophies (1985, 1996) and they did well to clinch three UEFA Cup titles (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian giants have won 32 Serie A trophies and it is well known that a number of star players were part of Juve in the past.
The likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all played for Juventus, whilst legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has yet to retire. Juve were stripped two domestic trophies during the “Calciopoli” scandal, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly brought glory days back to Turin. The Bianconeri used to play their home games at Stadio delle Alpi, but nowadays they welcome their rivals at Juventus Stadium.
The capacity of the stadium is 41,475. La Vechhia Signora (The Old Lady) is yet another nickname of the club. Juve’s biggest rivals are Torino and the two local rivals take on each other in the Turin derby.