In the repeat of last year’s final, European giants Juventus and Real Madrid will face each other in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Juventus Stadium on Saturday.
The Old Lady lost 4-1 to Los Blancos in the final, but they would hope to have a much more say in the two-legged tie.
On the domestic front, both sides have experienced contrasting seasons. Juventus have lost just two games all season in Serie A, and they sit at the top of the league. Coming into this game, they are unbeaten in 25 games in all competitions, and on the weekend, they registered a comfortable 3-1 win over AC Milan. In the last leg, they produced a great away performance to get past Premier League side Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Real have endured a difficult time in La Liga. They never looked like challenging Barcelona for the title, and they have already lost five times in the league. On Saturday, they claimed a comfortable 3-0 win at Las Palmas.
However, the Spanish giants are still capable of defeating any side in the world, and we expect an interesting encounter in the tie. Nobody had given Real any chance in the last round against Paris Saint-Germain, but Zinedine Zidane’s side proved their critics wrong with a comfortable win in the end.
Both sides also met at the same stage in the 2014-15 edition, and Juventus managed a 3-2 win on aggregate.
Juventus vs Real Madrid – Match Facts
Juventus are undefeated in their last seven games in Champions League.
20 of Real Madrid’s last 21 games in Champions League have ended with more than 2.5 goals.
The La Liga giants are currently on a four-game winning run in Champions League.
Juventus vs Real Madrid – Team News
For the hosts, Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia are suspended for the first leg. Marko Mandzukic is also a doubt for the game.
For the visitors, Nacho is the only doubt.
Juventus vs Real Madrid – Match Odds
In the betting market, Real Madrid are slight favourites to win, and you can back them at their best odds of 8/5 at William Hill.
However, we are backing Juventus to win their home leg, and our prediction bet is available at 15/8 odds at BetVictor. A draw is available at 9/4 odds at Bet365.
Juventus vs Real Madrid – Correct Score Odds
A 1-1 draw is the most popular result at the best odds of 11/2 at William Hill. We are going for a 2-1 home win as our prediction, and this bet is available at 21/2 odds at BetVictor.
Juventus vs Real Madrid – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to score in the game, and he is available at 8/5 odds at Paddypower. However, we are backing Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain as our prediction in the game. The Argentine is available at 9/4 odds at the same bookmaker.
For the hosts, Paulo Dybala is another great option at 40/17 odds at Unibet.
Juventus vs Real Madrid – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect to see at least three goals in the game, and we are going for over 2.5 goals in the game. This bet is priced at the best odds of 6/5 at Coral.