Juventus v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Juventus Turin v Atletico Madrid

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Allianz Stadium

Punter's Pick

With an abundance of attacking talent one would normally look at backing goals in this one. However, both teams are also built on strong defences and which one wins out will be the judgement call. With the likes of Ronaldo, Higuain, Dybala, Felixa and Alvaro Morata potentially on display, we feel the over 2.5 goals market is likely to materialise and that Bet365’s 13/10 is very generous. The teams played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg and with Madrid needing to get something out of the game, this one will certainly have some needle throughout. The corner count has also historically been high between these two and over ten can be backed at evens (1/1).

Juventus welcome Atletico Madrid to the Allianz Stadium as the top two teams in Group D go head to head. Juventus have already qualified but will be keen to secure top spot in the group, while Madrid are still not guaranteed a place in the next round and will be pushing for all three points. These two have played out some entertaining games in recent times and this could be a thriller between two teams packed full of talent.

Juventus come into this game having gone unbeaten through the season thus far in all competitions and winning all but three games. Since their 1-1 draw against Lecce in the league, the Italians have won five on the bounce and currently sit on top of Serie A. Despite their talent pool, Juve have struggled to dominate and steamroll teams, winning seven out of their last nine competitive games by a single goal. It will be interesting to see the dynamic within the team as they progress through the season as there have been rumours of discontent in the camp, especially given the reaction of Cristiano Ronaldo at being substituted in recent games. The Portuguese stormed off down the tunnel against AC Milan despite his replacement coming on and getting the winning goal. The same happened against Lokomotiv Moscow when Douglas Costa got a 90th minute winner after Ronaldo was taken off in the 82nd minute. Manager Maurizio Sarri claims all is well and that this demonstrates Ronaldo’s passion for the game but whether this has any lasting impact on team morale and form will remain to be seen.

 

Atletico Madrid are currently 4th in La Liga and have had an indifferent season thus far. Despite only losing one game in the league, the Spaniards have drawn seven which has left them three points behind Barcelona despite playing a game more. The team have now won just one of their last five competitive games, a run which has included a Champions League loss away to Bayer Leverkusen. This has meant that they will continue to play their strongest teams in the remaining games as qualification has not been sealed and Simeone will need to get his star strikers firing, with Diego Costa and Joao Felix both struggling for goals. This is the one competition the team have come extremely close to winning and fans may well understand their league form if another challenge is made on the Champions League but a loss in Turin could lead them with a tricky final game in which they could come unstuck and really start panic talk in Madrid.

 

In team news, Juventus will make a call on whether Ronaldo starts, with the Portuguese star missing the Atlanta game because of a knee injury. He is reported to have trained on the weekend without repercussions and could play a part in this one. Maurizio Sarri will make a late call on Matthijs de Ligt, who suffered a dislocated shoulder and forward Federico Bernardeschi, who bruised his chest.

Atletico Madrid have various injury concerns of their own with Diego Costa and Sime Vrsaljko out with injuries, along with central defensive duo Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic. This could see Mario Hermoso and Felipe start at the back once again, while Borja Garces is back in training after recovering from a cruciate ligament problem.

In recent head to heads, these two have had an equal share of the spoils, although Juventus have technically one-upped their Spanish counterparts by progressing into the next round when they met last season. Madrid seemed to be in control when they scored two late goals through Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin to take a 2-0 lead to Turin after the first leg. However Cristiano Ronaldo haunted his former La Liga rivals by hitting a stunning hattrick, including a late penalty to break Spanish hearts. In the reverse fixture this season Juventus thought they would get a significant away victory when they were 2-0 up via goals from Cuadrado and Matuidi. Madrid battled back with Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera striking late to get a share of the spoils and make this encounter even more intriguing.

Punter's Pick

With an abundance of attacking talent one would normally look at backing goals in this one. However, both teams are also built on strong defences and which one wins out will be the judgement call. With the likes of Ronaldo, Higuain, Dybala, Felixa and Alvaro Morata potentially on display, we feel the over 2.5 goals market is likely to materialise and that Bet365’s 13/10 is very generous. The teams played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg and with Madrid needing to get something out of the game, this one will certainly have some needle throughout. The corner count has also historically been high between these two and over ten can be backed at evens (1/1).

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