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Juventus vs Atletico Madrid 12.03.2019 – Champions League

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid / Champions League – This is much more interesting rematch of the Champions League round of 16 given that Juventus started it with an objective to win it, but Atletico has great advantage from the first match. The Spanish team won by 2-0, which is currently second-positioned in La Liga unlike Juventus that is absolute ruler of the Italian Serie A. After the first match in Madrid both teams won by three league matches, with a difference that Atletico did that with a clean sheet. When the two teams met the last time in Turin they drew 0-0.

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid begins 12.03.2019 at 21:00 CET

Juventus

It can be said that this is the match of the season for Juventus, or more precisely the most important match so far. Juventus wanted to win all available titles this season and it is individually strong enough to do so, especially after Ronaldo joined their ranks. In the Italian championship Juventus has no match and it is still undefeated, but it was eliminated from the Coppa Italia after a weakly played game much earlier than expected.

That duel with Atalanta was probably the weakest match they played, however, right behind it is the 1st leg with Atletico. They played just as it suited the Spaniards and they received two goals in the second half in match characterised by a slow rhythm. Both goals were scored by Atletico stoppers near the end of match. That was untypical for Juventus to be inefficient in attack and right now Juve needs almost a perfectly played match. Suspended A. Sandro is out of action.

Probable lineups Juventus: Szczesny – Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola – Matuidi, Pjanic, Bentancur – Ronaldo, Dybala, Mandzukic

Atletico Madrid

Atletico plays in its recognisable style this season and it brings them good results. They didn’t plan to get eliminated so early from the Copa del Rey but that is anyway the least important competition. They didn’t exactly make a name for themselves in the group phase of the Champions League and they qualified for the round of 16 from the second place in the group, which is why they got a strong opponent. Still, they tactically outplayed Juventus in the first match in their style; with strong defence and patiently waiting for chance to attack.

It paid off and now they have 2-0, which would be a great advantage for any team, but it seems that is especially great advantage for Atletico. They received the least goals of all teams in La Liga and their defence was perfect recently as they received no goals in the latest five-game winning streak. They haven’t scored more than two goals in any of those matches, however, scoring goals is not the most important in this match. Atletico has problems with absences and Thomas and D. Costa are suspended, while stopper Godin is questionable for this match, which is worrying.

Probable lineups Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Arias, Savic, Gimenez, Juanfran – Rodri, Koke, Saul Niguez, Lemar – Griezmann, Morata

Juventus vs Atletico Madrid PICK

Expensive Juventus team is facing a great challenge but they are definitely capable to annul backlog of two goals. Atletico is a tough team and they are experts when it is necessary to defend result, although they are not complete. That is why we forecast victory of the home team, although it might not be sufficient to pass the round.

Pick: Juventus wins

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.75 at betsson (down to 1.65 can be played)

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