Juventus vs South China:
Date: Saturday, 30-July-2016,
Kick-off: 9 am UK Time,
Venue: Hong Kong Stadium.
Juventus will continue their pre-season games with a trip to Hong Kong to play South China in a friendly game on Sunday.
The Old Lady were crowned Serie A champions for the fifth consecutive time title last season and they have been impressive in the preseason campaign so far. They have won their previous two games in the International Champions Cup.
The Turin side are currently the leading club in Italy with the most tittles 32 and would appear before their fans in Hong Kong.
South China FC are one of the most successful clubs in the Hong Kong Premier League and hosting Juventus for the second time in pre-season exercise match is a booster for them in the club in upcoming season.
Juventus kicked start their pre-season games by seeing through Tottenham Hotspurs by 2-1, after the 4-3 penalty loss to Melbourne Victory.
Their last five games in all competitions produced four wins and one loss, netting 10 and allowed four goals in the process.
South China’s last five games have seen four wins and just a draw with ten goals scored and concede four in all competitions. They finished eight on the Hong Kong Premier League last season.
South China are have no injury problems in their fold while the Old Lady are missing the availability of Paul Pogba. The highly rated French midfielder is on holiday and speculated to move to Man United for £100m this summer.
But there is a pretty exciting news in Juventus camp as Gonzalo Higuan’s £74.5m world record fee from Napoli place him third to Garieth Bale and C. Ronaldo as the highest transfer record fee.
Patrice Evra is also on holidays as new players like Pol Lirola, Benatia Dani Alves, Higuan and Pjanic are likely to get a start.
Predicted South China XI (4-4-2)
Leung Hing – Sealy, Tse, Ting-Fung, Russell – Viera, Awal, Hin, Silva – Fai, Ki.
Predicted Juventus XI (4-3-3)
Neto – Pol Lirola, Rugani, Benatia, Sandro – Lemina, Hernanes, Asamoah – Pjanic, Dybala, Pereyra.
Juventus vs South China: Head-to-Head
This is the second time these two clubs are playing together, Juventus last visited Hong Kong to play South China in 2008 when Claudio Ranieri was in charge of the Series A side.
The Turin based club lost 2-1 to South China in 2008.
Juventus also travelled to Hong Kong in 2005 which resulted in a penalty defeat to Kitchee FC, following a 2-2 draw at full-time.
Juventus vs South China: Prediction
Juventus displayed character in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham and is an evidence of how focused their squad are. The new players like Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic and Higuan will be keen to impress their fans .
Although Patrick Evra and Paul Pogba are missing here, but the squad is very much balanced. On paper its looks clear that South China are squad way below the quality of their Italian opponents. The Old Lady are clear favourites and must win this one, least by a two goal margin.
Juventus vs South China: Tips
- Handicap Juventus -2.
- Over 3.5 goals.