Juventus v Valencia facts

Juventus suffered a late setback last time out but a draw against Valencia would be enough to reach the round of 16.

Miralem Pjanić celebrates one of his two Juventus goals at Valencia
Miralem Pjanić celebrates one of his two Juventus goals at Valencia ©AFP/Getty Images

Juventus will look to regroup from a late setback on matchday four as Valencia come to Turin still in contention for a place in the round of 16.

• Despite Cristiano Ronaldo's early red card, two Miralem Pjanić penalties gave Juve a 2-0 victory at Mestalla on matchday one. The Italian side are now on nine points, two ahead of Manchester United – victors at the Juventus Stadium last time out – with Valencia on five and debutants Young Boys on one.

• Juventus will be through with a draw or if Manchester United do not win at home to Young Boys. Valencia will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they do not win and United do.

Highlights: Valencia 0-2 Juventus
Highlights: Valencia 0-2 Juventus

Form guide
Juventus
• The Bianconeri kept clean sheets in winning their first three Group H games, following the success at Valencia with a 3-0 home defeat of Young Boys and a 1-0 win at Manchester United. The English club scored two late goals in Italy to win 2-1, however, as Juve missed the chance to seal their place in the round of 16 with two games to spare despite Ronaldo's first UEFA Champions League goal for the club.

• Juventus claimed their seventh successive Serie A title in 2017/18, and are in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 19th time overall. They last failed to reach the round of 16 in 2013/14.

• In last season's UEFA Champions League, Juve finished second to Barcelona in their section before ousting Tottenham in the round of 16 (2-2 home, 2-1 away). Elimination beckoned when they went down 3-0 at home to Real Madrid in the quarter-final first leg – a repeat of the 2017 final, won 4-1 by the Spanish side – only for Juve to score three times in the return. Ronaldo, however, had the last word against his current club, converting a penalty deep into added time to end Juve's campaign.

• That defeat by Madrid ended Juve's 27-game unbeaten home run in UEFA competition (W16 D11), dating back to a 2-0 reverse against Bayern München in April 2013. The loss to United on matchday four was only their third European defeat in 35 matches at the Juventus Stadium (W20 D12) – but the second in the last three.

• Juve picked up seven points at home in last season's group stage, beating Olympiacos 2-0 and Sporting CP 2-1 and drawing with Barcelona (0-0). The win against Young Boys on matchday two ended a three-match run without a European win in Turin (D2 L1).

• The defeat by Madrid ended Juve's nine-match unbeaten run (W5 D4) at home to Spanish clubs, stretching back to March 2004.

• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.

150 up - watch five of Valencia's best #UCL goals
150 up - watch five of Valencia's best #UCL goals

Valencia
• Valencia responded to losing to Juve by holding out for a goalless draw at Manchester United in their second match. They drew their next away game too, 1-1 at Young Boys, before beating the Swiss side 3-1 in the home match.

• The United draw ended Los Blanquinegros' four-game losing streak in the UEFA Champions League. They were without a goal in five matches before scoring in both fixtures against Young Boys.

• Valencia have won three of their last nine UEFA Champions League away matches, qualifying included (D3 L3), but none of the last four (D2 L2).

• Fourth in the Spanish Liga in 2017/18, this is Valencia's 11th UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. Finalists in both 1999/2000 and 2000/01, they have not reached the last 16 since 2012/13.

• Valencia did not take part in UEFA club competition in either of the last two seasons. In their most recent campaign, 2015/16, they finished third in their UEFA Champions League section to move into the UEFA Europa League, where they beat Rapid Wien 10-0 on aggregate in the round of 32 before losing on away goals to fellow Spanish side Athletic Club in the round of 16 (0-1 away, 2-1 home).

• Before matchday one, Valencia had not played Italian opposition since the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage, beating Genoa 3-2 at home and 2-1 away. David Villa scored a late winner in each instance.

• That win in Genoa was just Valencia's second in their 11 trips to Italy (D3 L6).

Watch superb Cristiano Ronaldo volley on matchday four
Watch superb Cristiano Ronaldo volley on matchday four

Links and trivia
• Ronaldo played for Madrid between 2009 and joining Juventus this summer, scoring 311 goals in 292 matches; that included 15 goals in 18 appearances against Valencia.

• Valencia goalkeeper Neto made 11 Serie A appearances for Juventus between 2015 and 2017, having featured 72 times in the league for Fiorentina from 2011 to 2015.

• João Cancelo scored twice in 72 Liga outings for Valencia between 2014 and 2017.

• Sami Khedira was a Real Madrid player from 2010 to 2015, winning the Liga in 2011/12 and the UEFA Champions League two years later.

• Has also played in Spain:
Mario Mandžukić (Atlético Madrid 2014/15)

• Has also played in Italy:
Cristiano Piccini (Fiorentina 2010/11, Carrarese 2011/12 loan, Spezia 2012/13 loan, Livorno 2013/14)
Jeison Murillo (Internazionale 2015–17)
Geoffrey Kondogbia (Internazionale 2015–17)

• Have played together:
Blaise Matuidi & Gonçalo Guedes (Paris Saint-Germain, 2016/17)
Blaise Matuidi & Kévin Gameiro (Paris 2011–13)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid 2009–11)
Sami Khedira & Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid 2010/11)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid 2015/16)

• International team-mates:
Juan Cuadrado & Jeison Murillo (Colombia)
Blaise Matuidi & Geoffrey Kondogbia (France)
Cristiano Ronaldo, João Cancelo & Gonçalo Guedes (Portugal)

Latest news

Juventus
• Juventus recovered from their home defeat against United by winning 2-0 at AC Milan. Their tally of 37 points is the highest ever in Serie A after 13 games. The Bianconeri have earned 12 wins and a draw this season, beating SPAL 2-0 on Saturday.

• Juve's winning start to the season was ended by a 1-1 home draw against Genoa on 20 October, the only Serie A game they have failed to win since 13 May.

• The Genoa draw is the only time Juve have failed to score two goals or more in Serie A this season.

• Juve have lost only once in their last 38 Serie A matches, winning 32.

• Juve have won their last five UEFA Champions League away games and all six away Serie A matches this season. The Bianconeri have not lost an away game in Serie A since a 3-2 reverse at Sampdoria on 19 November 2017.

• Cristiano Ronaldo has nine goals and five assists in his last ten Serie A appearances, including Saturday's goal against SPAL.

• Giorgio Chiellini won his 100th cap for Italy in the 0-0 draw against João Cancelo's Portugal on 17 November, the result taking the visitors into the Finals at the expense of the Azzurri.

• Federico Bernardeschi withdrew from the Italy squad after suffering a thigh injury in training, and missed the SPAL game.

• Miralem Pjanić also returned early from international duty after suffering a slight thigh injury in the 0-0 UEFA Nations League draw between Austria and his Bosnia and Herzegovina side, the result meaning the Bosnians won promotion to League A. Pjanić played 90 minutes against SPAL.

• Moise Kean scored in a 2-1 defeat for Italy's Under-21 side against England on 15 November. He made his senior debut in the 1-0 friendly against the United States five days later, becoming the first Italian international born this century.

• Paulo Dybala scored his first international goal for Argentina in a 2-0 victory against Mexico on 20 November.

• Emre Can is sidelined by a thyroid problem that required surgical treatment.

• Sami Khedira was out between matchday one and matchday four with a thigh injury and subsequently twisted his left ankle in training.

• Full-back Leonardo Spianazzola was not included in the UEFA Champions League squad as he is recovering from knee surgery.

• Medhi Benatia has been named on a five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

• Ronaldo's overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg was voted UEFA.com Goal of the Season.

Valencia
• Before beating Ebro 2-1 in the Copa del Rey on 30 October Valencia had won only once in 13 matches this season (D10 L2), drawing five in a row before that match; they have now won four of their last five fixtures, beating Rayo Vallecano 3-0 on Saturday.

• A 1-0 win against Getafe on 10 November was only Valencia's second Liga success this season.

• The Spanish side have lost only one of their 13 matches since the matchday one defeat at home to Juventus (W5 D7).

• Valencia have 17 points after 13 games in the new Liga season – 14 fewer than at the same stage of 2017/18.

• Santi Mina, who was out between 23 September and 30 October with a knee injury, has six goals in his last five Valencia appearances, including two on Saturday.

• Michy Batshuayi scored twice in Belgium's 2-0 UEFA Nations League win against Iceland on 15 November.

• Denis Cheryshev was replaced early in the first half of the 1-1 draw against Leganés on 20 October with a hamstring problem and has not featured since.

• Cristiano Piccini (calf) has not played since matchday three.

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