Juventus vs Bayer Leverkusen Live :: Bayer Leverkusen: Well, they at least responded well to that loss on Matchday 1. They’ve beaten Union Berlin and Ausburg since, while not conceding a goal. They’ll need to be even better here ahead of a brutal stretch that includes RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt and Atletico Madrid all coming after this one.
Juventus will host Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen in Turin on Tuesday in the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League 2019, with both sides looking for their first win of the campaign.
The Juventus goes for its first win of the Champions League group stage when it hosts Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday on Matchday 2. Juve opened up the cup with a 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid, blowing a 2-0 lead two weeks ago. Leverkusen was stunned at home by Lokomotiv Moscow 3-1, putting them in a tough spot likely needing a point here to feel good about their chances of moving on.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Champions League: Juventus vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Allianz Stadium — Turin, Italy
TV channel: TUDN and UniMas
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Juventus -225 | Bayer Leverkusen +675 | Draw +330
Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala are both playing really well, especially together. That’s a dangerous combination that Leverkusen may not be able to handle. Expect plenty of balls wide and for Ronaldo to battle with Jonathan Tah all night long.
The Italian Champions had squandered a 2-nil advantage in the opener against Atletico Madrid with just 20 minutes left on the clock, and Maurizio Sarri will want more concentration from his side in what could prove to be a tricky encounter.
Bayer Leverkusen sits a point off the top spot in the Bundesliga and will fancy their chances of causing problems despite a shock home defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow last time out.
Juve have won all three of their matches since the draw against Atletico Madrid, including a 2-0 triumph over SPAL on Saturday. But they may have one eye on next weekend’s top-of-the-table showdown with Inter Milan, who lead Serie A points table with six wins from six under Antonio Conte.
But the side remains plagued with injury concerns and will have a number of absentees in Tuesday’s encounter. Although Champions League top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play after returning from a minor thigh injury at the weekend, Sarri will be without long-term absentees Giorgio Chiellini and Mattia Perin. Mattia De Sciglio, Douglas Costa and Danilo are also unlikely to feature.
Leverkusen, on the other hand, will be without key forward Leon Bailey, who has not played since suffering a muscle injury during the matchday one defeat to Lokomotiv.
What time is kick-off?
The game will kick-off at 12:30am IST on October 2. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.30pm slot and six that will start at 12:30 am on October 2.
What TV channel is it on?
Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season.
Juventus vs Bayer Leverkusen will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.
How can I stream it?
The Champions League Juventus vs Bayer Leverkusen live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users.
For 60 or so minutes against Atlético Madrid two weeks ago, it was all going according to plan. Juve were up 2-0, they were keeping a talented-yet-still-a-work-in-progress Atléti side relatively quiet and, maybe most important of all, they were on their way to putting together their most complete performance outside of the first half against Napoli to date.
Then, a lot like against Napoli, it all fell apart.
Sarri: Juve must improve speed of play and finishing
The second-half collapse is why Juventus enters Tuesday night’s Champions League group stage game with Bayer Leverkusen at Allianz Stadium with all of one point and looking up at Lokomotiv Moscow rather than sharing the top spot in Group D with the Russian side. That result, all of two weeks ago in Spain, is one of the biggest examples of just how turbulent the early-season adaptation to Maurizio Sarri’s system can be from time to time.
But based on the last time we saw Juventus, things looked a lot better than what we saw in the latter stages of the group stage opener against Atlético Madrid. Instead of late-game stumbling and defensive breakdowns, Juve’s 2-0 win over SPAL was one of the more complete efforts we’ve seen from Sarri’s side this season. The offense created plenty of chances. The defense pretty much gave Gigi Buffon the afternoon off. And, when it was all over, you might have been left wondering what the final score would have been if not for the heroics in goal of a certain Etrit Berisha. (Hint: probably a lot to very little, if anything.)
The optimistic viewpoint is that Juve is on the right track.
The pessimistic viewpoint is that Juve was playing a relegation battler and Bayer Leverkusen is going to be a much, much different kind of animal.
Both can certainly be true — and that’s perfectly OK.
While Leverkusen aren’t lighting up the Bundesliga at the moment as they sit in sixth place, they are going to be the best side that Juve will have faced since playing Atléti two weeks ago. Between then and now it’s been a trio of Serie A clubs who most folks believe will be in the bottom half of the league table when the season is entering the home stretch. That’s not exactly what you would call a challenge three-game stretch no matter how well (or not) each of those three have started out the season.
But what it has provided Juventus — and Sarri — is a quality stretch of fixtures where there can be both some kind of squad rotation, tactical experimentation as well as continued adaption to their new manager’s system. And while there had to be a couple of comeback wins along the way, do we think that Juventus is a better team now as compared to when it was entering its Champions League opener a couple of weeks ago?
I guess we’re about to truly find out.
That’s the big hope entering the second game of the group stage.
Juventus, because of its draw with Atlético Madrid, are now looking to jump into first place with a win rather than trying to take complete control of Group D after just two games. That’s just what happens when you cough up a 2-0 lead when you shouldn’t have done that in your first group stage game.
And if Juve keep the lead 2-0 like they did against SPAL rather than how it was against Atléti, then there’s probably going to be more positive vibes heading into this weekend’s Derby d’Italia rather than a whole lot of grumbling like what we saw the last time the Bianconeri played a European
Juventus are yet to lose a game this season, but are still second in Italy’s Serie A behind Inter Milan despite three consecutive league victories over minnows Verona, Brescia and SPAL. Ronaldo missed the second of those games with a thigh injury, but the Champions League’s all-time top scorer did strike in the other two. The Portugal international failed to score in the Old Lady’s opening group game against Atletico Madrid as the Italian champions threw away a two-goal lead in Spain and had to settle for a point in Group D, however. There are a number of big names missing from Maurizio Sarri’s European squad, including former Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, who won the Champions League as part of a treble with Bayern Munich in 2013. Captain Georgio Chiellini is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament tear, while former Bayern winger Douglas Costa is doubtful with a thigh strain.
Leverkusen have bounced back from consecutive defeats to Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscow to claim confidence-boosting victories against Union Berlin and Augsburg in the Bundesliga. Havertz was one of the goalscorers in the 3-0 win over the latter on Saturday, also setting up top scorer Kevin Volland for the second of the afternoon. The 20-year-old is yet to open his Champions League account in four career appearances, but has 19 in his last 40 Bundesliga games as he approaches 100 matches in the German top flight. Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last five away Champions League outings stretching back to 2015, but head to Turin without their Jamaican wing wizard Leon Bailey because of a torn muscle he suffered in the loss to