Maccabi Haifa vs. Juventus prediction: Champions League odds, choice

It has been a season to forget for Juventus. In fact, it’s been a couple of seasons to forget at Juventus.

The Italian Giants have lost their first two Champions League games and sit seventh in Serie A with a 3-4-1 (WDL) record and +7 goal differential. This is coming off a 2021-22 campaign in which Juve finished fourth in the league and exited the Champions League in the round of 16. Those are well below the standards of the Old Lady, who has won nine consecutive Serie A titles and was a Champions League finalist. -up twice between 2011-12 and 2019-20.

But this Juventus team just doesn’t have the same amount of talent or resources that those title-winning teams had. With so much money pouring into the Premier League these days, the top teams in Italy, Germany and Spain are slipping the furthest compared to their peers in English football. Juventus have been hit as hard as any elite team in Europe. At the current moment, it is fair to say that Juventus are just an average team in this 32-team competition, far behind elite teams like Man City, Bayern Munich, PSG, Liverpool etc.

And while Juve still deserve to be heavy favorites over Israel’s Maccabi Haifa, it’s fair to wonder if these odds are too wide, something no one would have expected to say before the tournament.

Massimiliano Allegri, head coach of Juventus Fc looks on during the Serie A football match between Juventus Fc and Bologna Fc.
Massimiliano Allegri, head coach of Juventus Fc looks on during the Serie A football match between Juventus Fc and Bologna Fc.
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The most unlikely of the 32-team field, Maccabi Haifa, have performed admirably in the first two games of their Champions League campaign. The Israeli champions took a 1-0 lead over PSG and were with the Parisians for the full 90 minutes, despite a 3-1 loss. According to the expected goals models, the game was close to a coin toss, with Haifa creating 1.83 xG against 2.02 for PSG. It’s a hugely impressive result considering the pre-match odds.

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Haifa would also lose their next match, 2-0, against Benfica, but once again the final score is a bit misleading. The Greens kept Benfica scoreless for the first half before the Portuguese club was finally able to break through in the second half with a pair of strikes. Once again, xG suggested that the match was closer than the box score, with Maccabi Haifa creating 0.95 xG and Benfica contributing 1.85.

At the moment, Juventus are simply not the kind of team that can take on any team in this out-of-the-park competition. And if you’re going to place -350, that’s exactly what you need the team to do. It may sound a bit crazy, but Haifa is worth betting on in Turin on Wednesday.

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Prediction Maccabi Haifa vs Juventus: Maccabi Haifa +850 (FanDuel)

Maccabi Haifa +850 (FanDuel)

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