Juventus – past, present, future, and their betting market chances:
Juventus is living dark days. Long gone are the days when they had Cristiano Ronaldo and the idea that they had still hired him in the last years of his prime.
By the time he left Juventus, some players like Chiellini mentioned that it was somehow important to the squad because by having CR7 around, they seemed to just hope that he could change things miraculously and quickly when things didn’t go as expected.
Although Juve remains a major club in Europe and Italy, their line-up is a lot less prestigious these days, and local rivals like Inter Milan and AC Milan have recovered the position of protagonists. The last title came in the 2019/2020 season, and since that season, they failed to be champions or runners-up.
The beginning of the season: Juventus after 9 matches in the Serie A 2022/2023
Juventus is just 8th after 9 games played, with only 3 matches won. The team from Turin is also 3rd in the UEFA Champions League group H, behind PSG and Benfica. The Italians have just 3 points, while the Parisian and the Portuguese rivals have 7.
Juve is only above Maccabi Haifa, which has 0 points.
Traveling to Israel: a quest for points
The Italians would be expected to qualify easily together with PSG a few years ago. But now, PSG and Benfica have 7 points after 3 rounds. Juve needs to win in Asia and there will still be two difficult rounds to try to qualify for the knockout phase.
As Israel has been expelled from the AFC in 1974, it is allowed to play in the UEFA Champions League since 1991 after it was accepted by UEFA as a member.
The trip will be unusually long for Italian teams. When Alessandro del Piero played during some of his last days as a footballer in Australia, he said it was very weird for him to fly for 4 hours to play against Perth, for example.
Juve will face a journey of 2400 miles to play in this group-stage fixture. Considering the current situation of Juventus and the long journey, let’s have a look at the odds for the upcoming game.
Maccabi Haifa – Juventus: Betting Preview
In the 1×2 market, we have Juventus ‘2’ odds of 1.79. Normally, these would be big odds for Juventus, and possibly any Italian side against an Israeli team. The home game in Italy, which Juventus recently won 3-1, had market odds of 1.38 for the victory of Juventus.
The rise in the odds in spite of the recent result may show that the market is seeing this long trip as potentially problematic as well as the home factor for Haifa as relevant. The Israeli have played only once at home in the first 3 rounds.
Maybe if there’s a team that will allow them to collect their first points, it could be this Juventus team which is living one of their darker seasons in a long time.
The average odds for the victory of Maccabi Haifa in the 1×2 market are 4.52. The current average odds for the match draw are 3.91.
An interesting alternative if you want to bet on Juventus to win, but you fear they may come back to Italy with a draw, is the Draw no Bet Market. The average odds for the victory of the visitors in the DNB market are 1.34 right now, while Maccabi has 3.33.
In the Asian Handicap market, the even odds have stabilized at lines of +0.75 Maccabi Haifa. The Israeli have odds of +0.75 @1.85 on average.
Perhaps this could be a good bet, which would deliver a profit if Juve fails to win, but only a half loss if Juve wins by only one goal.