Juventus v Real Madrid – Champions League Betting preview and prediction
We have already sent a prediction for Juventus to win the Champions League a couple of weeks ago(2.80 at Betfair). Here is what we have written then:
“Champions League is slowly coming to an end, with only the best four teams remaining, who will battle it out for the title and a name in the history books. Today we will take a look at one of the biggest favorites to win the title, and that team is Juventus. Italian team formed back in 1897 is currently holding the most trophies in Serie A; 32 league titles and 11 Italian Cups. However, they have only won 2 UEFA Champions League titles and that could easily change this year. On their road to semi-finals, Juventus have been in a superb form. The fact that they have not lost a match and only conceived 2 goals makes them much bigger. On their road to semi-finals, Juventus have been in a superb form. The fact that they have not lost a match and only conceived 2 goals makes them much bigger favorite as it seems at first. Juventus started their 2017 Champions League journey in Group H with Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb and came out on top with a 4-2-0 record. Surprisingly enough, they have played 2 draws at home against Sevilla (0:0) and Lyon (1:1), but managed to win every road game. With a ticket to 1/8 finals, Juventus was paired with FC Porto, who was no match for the “Old Lady”, who won both legs (0:2) and (1:0). In quarter-finals, Juventus got a well-known opponent, with whom they had unfinished business from 2015 Champions League finals. That was no other than Barcelona.It was expected to be a close match and without the doubt one that should not be missed, but despite the anticipations, it turned out to be rather one-sided. It was expected to be a close match and without the doubt one that should not be missed, but despite the anticipations, it turned out to be rather one-sided. The first match was played in Torino, where Juventus dominated the Spanish team with 2 quick goals by Dybala (7′, 22′), which left Barcelona in a very bad position. Despite Barcelona holding the ball for most of the match, they were unable to produce a goal, but instead suffered another goal in 55′ by Chiellini. With 3 goals advantage before going into the second leg, Juventus had a huge advantage and Barcelona had a very tough job in front of them. Prior to the second leg, many people assumed the story from PSG-Barcelona can repeat itself, but it did not turn out so well for Barcelona, who were unable to produce anything in front of their fans. Surprisingly they only managed to shot once towards Buffon, which only proves how strong Juventus can be. With performances like that you start to think, where can Juventus go this year. Far, the answer is far. With only four teams remaining, Juventus will face Monaco in the semi-finals. Monaco has been playing very good so far and are where they are because of that. They started off in Group E, where they have proven to be better than Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham and CSKA Moscow.In 1/8 finals, they were paired with Manchester City whom they defeated due to away goals (6:6). Next up was Dortmund, who crashed and burned in front of talented Monaco (6:3). In 1/8 finals, they were paired with Manchester City whom they defeated due to away goals (6:6). Next up was Dortmund, who crashed and burned in front of talented Monaco (6:3). There is no denying Monaco is a talented team and they have already proven that to us, but the real test is ahead. Will they be able to defeat Juventus? To be fair, not likely. Juventus is a class above Monaco and I don’t expect Monaco to cause any huge problems for Italians. On the other side, we will see Real Madrid playing against a well-known opponent, Atletico Madrid. It will actually be a rematch from last year’s final match, however, the outcome is still unknown. Quite frankly any of the two can get through to the finals, where they will most likely face off against Juventus. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying Juventus was sent from God to show us how to play football, of course, there is a chance Juventus can fail, even against Monaco, but if they can produce the performances they have shown us thus far, they are more than capable of lifting the trophy. The key element for their success is to stay focused and not to underestimate their opponents. Juventus has great players in their squad, so it will all come down to mental strength. Up to now, they were concentrated, determined and played as one unit and that is why they came so far. If they can keep up with that I see no reason why they wouldn’t win their 3rd Champions League title.”
And now preview for the current match against Real Madrid.
Juventus have their strongest team available, with only squad option Pjaca missing. The squad has been well rotated in the last few weeks, so they have players who are fresh and don’t have any concerns about important individuals. The key decision for Allegri appears to be whether to start Barzagli in a 3-4-2-1 shape, or start Cuadrado in a 4-2-3-1, but either way they will be very strong. Motivation is very high to lift the one trophy that has so far eluded this group of players and they will be determined to complete a historic treble, having already secured the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia. They’re playing with confidence and go into this game with more belief than they had prior to the Champions League Final which they lost to Barcelona two seasons ago. A big showing is needed to edge what’s likely to be a close contest, but they are capable and have the organization and defensive strength to make life difficult for a talented Real Madrid side. They won’t just sit back though, possessing attacking talent themselves, and getting ahead puts them in a very strong position, such is their level of game management. Risks will only be taken if losing.
Real Madrid have their best team available and traveled to Wales with only positive selection dilemmas. The only place in some minor doubt is whether or not Bale begins, and after not playing for 6 weeks it is unlikely. By his own admittance, the match sharpness isn’t there and a spot on the bench is expected. Attacking right back Daniel Carvajal returns to complete their strongest XI. Bale may not start, but to have the Welshman back and so determined in his home nation is great news. Bale is viewed as potentially a trump card for Zidane, in particular, if the game goes to 120 minutes. Bale has ultimately fallen behind Isco in the pecking order because, since returning from injury, he has been treading extremely carefully. On this stage, however, there will be nothing held back. Real Madrid have a winning mentality and tremendous team spirit, but there is a small sense the recently beaten finalists Juventus may just want the trophy that little bit more. Real Madrid look a slightly better technical team and possess more firepower, but undoubtedly Juventus have the better defense. It should be a very close game and likely to be really cautious and tight until the first goal.
Verdict & Prediction
After lifting the Serie A title for the sixth season in a row and after winning the Coppa Italia too, Juventus are in a position where they can complete a superb season by winning the treble. Motivation will be very high, with them keen to lift the one trophy that has eluded this group of players. The players have admitted to having more belief ahead of this Champions League Final than when they lost to Barcelona two seasons ago and they are confident going into the game. The mood around the club is extremely positive and there’s a fierce determination to win and be crowned Europe’s finest.
Prediction: Juventus +0.00 (Same as Draw no Bet)
Odds: 2.07 SBOBET