Juventus players celebrate a goal against Livorno, November 24.Reuters
Juventus players celebrate a goal against Livorno, November 24. Reuters
Juventus players celebrate a goal against Livorno, November 24. Reuters

Four matches into the Champions League group stage, Juventus would not have envisaged sitting bottom in their group, needing two wins from the final two matches to qualify for the last 16.

However, that is pretty much the situation the Italian champions find themselves in having failed to pick up a single win in the Champions League so far this season.

Juve are fourth in Group B with three points from four matches, seven behind leaders Real Madrid, and one adrift of Galatasaray and their opponents on Wednesday night Copenhagen.

"We have to win if we are to continue in this competition," Juventus manager Antonio Conte said. "The match will be tough and full of danger but the solution is easy: we know we have to win, otherwise we will not have a tomorrow in the UEFA Champions League. I don't need to explain anything to my players.

"I'm calm, because I know I have a group of players who during the past two seasons and a half have been used to playing under pressure. We will have to be good and clever -- and we have to win."

Juventus could find themselves in second place at the end of the night, if Real Madrid pick up a draw or all three points at the Bernabeu, and the Italian champions win of course.

However, if ever-improving Copenhagen pick up all three points in Turin, then as Conte said, Juventus will be eliminated. Copenhagen manager is targeting a victory hoping Juventus' desperation might work in the Danish side's favour.

"Juventus will be under huge pressure tomorrow and this can be an advantage for us," Solbakken said. "I have great respect for this club but absolutely no fear, even if I know that last season Nordsjaelland suffered a bad defeat here [4-0].

"We are satisfied with what we have done in a group with some of the main contenders in the competition. We respect Juventus. They have a strong forward in Fernando Llorente, who is much improved over the last six weeks. They also have a lot of very good midfielders.

"It will be really hard for us, but we have a chance. We need a point to advance and will do whatever we can to get it. Copenhagen have improved in recent weeks too, even if I haven't got such a deep squad. We hope for a good result."

Team news: Juventus will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Maricio Isla, Sebastian Giovinco and Simone Pepe. Mirko Vucinic, however, made a return from injury in the 2-0 Serie A win over Livorno on Sunday.

Copenhagen will have to do without the services of Daniel Braaten, who scored the winner against Galatasaray in the last matchday. "Obviously it is frustrating as Daniel has put in some really great performances in the Champions League," Solbakken said.

Key men: Juventus: The strike pair of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente are in prime form at the moment and cometh the hour, cometh the men, Juve will be hoping.

Copenhagen: Cesar Santin scored at the weekend for Copenhagen and the Danish side will hope he continues his penchant for goals on Wednesday as well.

Where to Watch Live

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Expected lineups: Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Vidal, Chiellini; Padoin, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente.

Copenhagen: Wiland; Jacobsen, Bengtsson, Mellberg, R. Sigurdsson; Margreitter, Delaney, Kristensen, Bolanos; Jorgensen, Santin.

Prediction: 2-0 to Juventus