Juventus v Atletico Madrid Champions League betting preview

21:00 Tue 12 Mar
Football
Europe
Champions League
Tip: Under 2.5 Goals
Units: 1/5
Odds: -139

Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano means that Diego Simeone’s side are massive favourites to reach the last eight of the Champions League at the expense of Juventus.

Alvaro Morata had a goal chalked off before goals from Gimenez and Godin sealed the deal in the first leg encounter, with Atleti proving themselves the better team over the ninety minutes and giving Juve the proverbial mountain to climb.

The Spanish side now head to the Juventus Stadium looking to protect their advantage and we can be confident that they will be able to hold the Turin team at bay, while an away goal would mean that the Italian champions need to score four.

This means that Max Allegri’s side will have to tread carefully in the opening exchanges of this game. A gung ho approach could see Antoine Griezmann pick up the pieces and the Frenchman was excellent in the first leg when helping his team to win.

Those Uruguayan defenders and goalscorers form a proverbial brick wall in front of Jan Oblak and this is the sort of challenge that Atletico relish when it comes to having to defend like dogs and get the job done.

Cristiano Ronaldo is unaccustomed to losing in the Champions League and helped steer Real Madrid to all those European successes although it might need a magical performance to turn things around, even if Juve are strong favourites to win in normal time.

In twelve away matches in La Liga, Atletico have only conceded ten times on the road and we’re expecting a stubborn resistance to the extent that Under 2.5 Goals looks to be the most rewarding bet of the lot.

Juventus would clearly settle for a 2-0 victory and taking the tie into extra-time, while Atletico would be keen for a goalless draw or a 1-0 defeat, so both teams want to keep things tight for their own reasons.

BETTING TIP
Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.72 with bet365

Team News

Juventus: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Atletico Madrid: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Wojciech Szczesny
  • 37
    Leonardo Spinazzola
  • 03
    Giorgio Chiellini
  • 19
    Leonardo Bonucci
  • 20
    Joao Cancelo
  • 14
    Blaise Matuidi
  • 05
    Miralem Pjanic
  • 23
    Emre Can
  • 07
    Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 17
    Mario Mandzukic
  • 33
    Federico Bernardeschi
  • 13
    Jan Oblak
  • 04
    Santiago Arias
  • 24
    José Giménez
  • 02
    Diego Godin
  • 20
    Juanfran
  • 06
    Koke
  • 14
    Rodri
  • 08
    Saúl Ñíguez
  • 11
    Thomas Lemar
  • 22
    Álvaro Morata
  • 07
    Antoine Griezmann