Juventus v Man Utd: Sky Sports Six-a-Side Elite Player Report
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By Billy Lumsden
Last Updated: 06/11/18 2:50pm
The Sky Sports Six-a-Side match-up on Wednesday sees Manchester United travel to the Allianz Stadium to take on Italian champions Juventus.
The sides last met on matchday three, where Juventus ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Paulo Dybala. They have won all three of their group games without conceding a goal. The visitors conceded the first goal of their Champions League season in the loss at Old Trafford, but registered four points in their opening two matches with a win against Young Boys and a goalless draw with Valencia.
Ronaldo faces off against his former side once more, itching to get his 2018/19 Champions League campaign up and running in regards to the goals department, yet he has been rumoured to have been taken off free-kick responsibilities.
His Serie A form could not be any more different, directly contributing to half of Juve's 24 goals this season, registering seven goals and assisting five in his first 11 matches in the Italian league.
His undoubted ability to change games and run teams ragged makes the five-time Ballon D'or winner the obvious frontrunner of Elite Player choices, reiterated through the 38.7 per cent of Sky Sports Six-a-Side competitors who have backed the Portugal international to have a good game.
The Argentine is the third top-scorer in the competition thus far, with his four goals in three matches only bettered by Roma's Edin Dzeko and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Dybala hit a hat-trick to make up for Ronaldo's absence against Young Boys and scored the crucial winner at Old Trafford as he stuck the ball past David de Gea to earn Massimiliano Allegri's side three points.
With an average Six-a-Side points tally of 106.5 per game, in comparison to the 33.75 of the closest Elite Player, why would you leave the 24-year-old out of your team?
The Frenchman has stayed under the radar for United this season, and his goal record can emphasise this. He has five goals in six starts, all of which have come in his past four appearances.
Martial contributed to Man Utd's 3-0 win in Switzerland against Young Boys with a goal, adding 35 Six-a-Side points to his overall total of 93.5 he has accumulated in the Champions League to date.
He may provide the unique option of Elite Player choice as Jose Mourinho's side may be under the cosh for long periods of the game, yet the winger's pace could cause Juve's backline some problems, as well as creating chances for his team-mates, like the next Elite Player in the list.
The 21-year-old has only mustered two goals this season but has provided one in his four starts (eight appearances) for the Old Trafford outfit, scoring the winner away at Bournemouth last time out, which puts him on target to better his seven goals and five assists of the 2017/18 season.
He has the same record in only three matches for England in the UEFA Nations League, emulating the skills and prospect he poses and possesses at such a young age, despite talk circulating that he is not getting enough minutes in Manchester.
Of his 78 Six-a-Side points, 31 have come from successful passes as well as a further 18 from successful aerial duels and clearances made, proving Rashford can collect a reliable source of points from other areas in relation to other Elite Players.
A blockbuster match. Four Elite Players. One choice.
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