A-League All Stars v Juventus

Date: August 10, 2014
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off time: 10.30 am BST

A-League All-Stars vs Juventus preview

Serie A champions Juventus take on an A-League All-Stars team in Sydney as they build towards the defence of their crown in Italy.

A-League All-Stars’ form

The A-League All-Stars last played a game in July 2013, when they went down 5-1 to Manchester United.

Juventus’ form

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Juventus have had a very busy summer, recruiting no fewer than eleven players, including Patrice Evra from Manchester United and Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

They will be expected to retain the Serie A title and new coach Massimiliano Allegri – brought in to replace unexpected departure Antonio Conte – will be tasked with ensuring the club perform strongly in Europe. It has been a while since they made their mark on the Champions League, and with Italian domination secured with three titles on the bounce, a run to the semi-finals of Europe’s finest competition will be seen as a realistic goal for this historic club.

The main concern surrounds the future of Chilean Arturo Vidal, with rumours surrounding a move to Manchester United refusing to go away.

Pre-season is only three matches old, with a surprising loss to A.C.D. Lucento followed by a draw against Cesena and a thumping 8-1 win over an Indonesian Super League All-Star team.

Key Players/Team News

A-League All-Stars:

There is no doubting the main team news – Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero is likely to line up against the club with which he enjoyed spectacular success for twenty years.

The goal scorer in last year’s fixture against Manchester United, Besart Berisha, is once again in the squad.

Juventus:

Juventus have a very strong squad, and did not hesitate to use their star names in the win over the ISL All-Stars – there is no reason to believe they won’t do the same here. Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente all scored in that match, with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Paul Pogba and Evra all appearing.

Betting advice

A Juventus win is hardly good value at a best priced 1.33 but you can back them at 9/2 to win by four or more goals with Paddy Power. Llorente, who got a hat-trick in the most recent friendly, is 4/1 with Bet365 to get the first goal in this match.