Real Madrid vs. Juventus / Champions League – Although an uncertain battle till the very end was expected in clash between last year’s finalists of the Champions League, European champion Real Madrid had made a great step toward the semi-final in Turin six days ago, given that it defeated Juventus by even 3-0. However, it doesn’t mean that the Old Lady will only formally go to Madrid, and instead it is more likely that we will see another fantastic match between two great European teams. Begins: 11.04.2018 – 20:45 CET
True, everyone understands that after a great victory of 3-0 in Turin, Real has absolutely everything in its hands, especially as team led by manager Zidane is in great shape lately as Real won six and drew only one match out of last seven. True, the drew was played last weekend in the league when they faced city rival Atletico, and right now Real lags behind it for four points, while in the meantime 3rd-placed Valencia overtook Real in the table, which has just one point more.
It was obvious that Real plays the city derby with pulled handbrake and Zidane pulled over his best player Ronaldo even half an hour before the final whistle, while beside him several other starters from previous match with Juventus had gotten chance to rest. However, we expect to see majority of them on the pitch from the first minute on Wednesday evening, where only suspended stopper Ramos will stay out. His position will most probably cover Casemiro, given that from before out of action are injured Nacho and Vallejo.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Casemiro, Marcelo – Modric, Kovacic, Kroos – Isco – Benzema, Ronaldo
We have said in the introduction that Juventus is practically facing a mission impossible in Madrid, as it is very hard to expect that any team can annul backlog of three goals at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium against reigning champions of Europe. However, the Bianconeri stated that intend to play bravely and offensively in Madrid, which is in fact expected since they don’t much choice after losing the 1st quarter-final leg by 3-0 at home.
True, it should be said that by the second goal and moment when Dybala was sent off Juventus was fully equal opponent but those two events had changed the course of the match and Bianconeri hadn’t have strength to make a comeback. In the meantime they won away Benevento 4-2, and still have four points more than 2nd-place Napoli. Let’s add that besides Dybala this match will skip suspended midfielder Bentacur, while stopper Barzagli and forward Bernardeschi are injured.
Probable lineups Juventus: Buffon – de Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi – Douglas Costa, Higuain, Mandzukic
Real Madrid – Juventus PICK
Regardless of 3-0 victory from Turin Real is going to try to win Juventus in the 2nd quarter-final match, which on the other hand has nothing to lose and we expect to play more openly than it did six days ago. It all means there should be goals on both sides of pitch in Madrid.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.71 at betsson (down to 1.65 can be played)
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