Juventus will travel to France to face Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Thursday evening in the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie and will be trying to stay in Europe for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign.
The Bianconeri drew 1-1 against Les Canaris in the first leg after Ludovic Blas cancelled out Dusan Vlahovic’s opener while former Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont performed admirably in goal for the side from Brittany.
A 15-point penalty currently hinders Juventus‘ chances of qualifying for Europe in 2023/24 via the league route but they urgently need to turn things around to continue in Europe. La Vecchia Signora have only won once in Europe throughout this campaign and that was a 3-1 win at home to Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League group stage.
When the Bianconeri last won a major European trophy, they eliminated Nantes in the semi-finals of the 1995/96 Champions League before beating Dutch giants Ajax in the final. Could a victory in this tie serve as a good omen for La Vecchia Signora?
Nantes v Juventus: Predicted line-ups
Arkadiusz Milik will not be available for Juventus due to a muscular injury while Fabio Miretti is out with an injured ankle and Federico Chiesa could be a doubt just with general soreness.
Nantes will miss Jean-Charles Castelletto and Quentin Merlin due to muscular injuries while Ignatius Ganago is out for personal reasons. Experienced defender Nicolas Pallois is a doubt for this game as he recovers from muscle tightness.
Nantes predicted XI v Juventus (3-5-2): Lafont; Victor, Girotto, Hadjam; Centonze, Sissoko, Chirivella, Moutoussamy, Traore; Blas, Mohamed.
Juventus predicted XI v Nantes (3-5-1-1): Szczesny; Danilo, Bremer, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Fagioli, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Di Maria; Vlahovic.
Nantes v Juventus: When does the Europa League fixture start?
The Europa League fixture of Nantes v Juventus kicks off at 18:45 CET – local time in Italy – making it a 17:45 GMT kick-off.
In the United States, kick-off of Nantes v Juventus is 12:45 ET or 09:45 PT.
Nantes v Juventus: Where to watch the Europa League fixture?
In the United States, every Europa League game in 2022/23 can be seen on Paramount+, including Nantes v Juventus and the other standout fixtures of the Europa League play-off round.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can watch Nantes v Juventus on BT Sport 3.