Juventus v Real Madrid a very different prospect 12 years on from last Champions League semi-final meeting

This week sees Juventus and Real Madrid go head-to-head for a place in the Champions League final, with the tie delicately poised after the Italian champions held on for a 2-1 first-leg win in Turin.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side is looking to become the first ever to retain European football’s top trophy, following last year’s extra-time victory over Atletico Madrid, but if they want another shot at glory they will need to get past the side which ended their hopes of back-to-back victories in this competition 12 years ago.

 

UEFA Champions League – Outright Betting Odds:

Barcelona 53/100

Real Madrid 3/1

Juventus 11/2

Bayern Munich 33/1

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

Back in 2003, Vicente Del Bosque’s Real Madrid were locked in an unlikely title fight with a Real Sociedad side inspired by Darko Kovacevic and a young midfielder by the name of Xabi Alonso. Del Bosque had added just one player to the squad which edged past Bayer Leverkusen to win the previous year’s Champions League, but what a player – Ronaldo returned to Spain fresh from securing Golden Boot honours at the previous summer’s World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

While the Spanish title race would go right to the wire, Juventus had already secured the Serie A title by the time the two sides met at the Stadio Delle Alpi for the second leg of their semi-final. It may have been that lack of domestic pressure which allowed Marcello Lippi’s side to play without fear.

 

The first leg in May 2003 produced a comparable outcome to the equivalent tie this year, with a 2-1 home win keeping Real Madrid’s dream of La Decima well and truly alive. Indeed Graham Hunter suggested the winner from Roberto Carlos left the Spanish club “on course for their fourth Champions League final in six seasons.

However the gulf in quality and spending power between the Spanish and Italian leagues was nothing like it is now: the Bianconeri could boast such talents as David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram and Pavel Nedved, while the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Gigi Buffon were approaching their respective peaks.

 

Indeed Lippi’s side would go on to meet AC Milan in an all-Italian final after playing what Del Piero described as “the perfect match” in the return leg. Trezeguet, who had scored an important away goal at the Bernabeu, put Juve ahead within the first 15 minutes. Madrid sorely missed Ronaldo, only fit enough for the bench on his return from injury, and Del Piero doubled the lead before half-time.

Del Bosque’s side still had plenty of their other Galacticos on show, and Ronaldo – introduced early in the second half – gave Luis Figo the chance to level things up on aggregate when he was brought down in the area by Paolo Montero. However Figo saw his spot-kick saved by Buffon and the Portuguese was made to pay not long after when Nedved added Juventus’ third. A late strike from Zinedine Zidane against his former club would not be enough to keep the Spaniards’ dream alive.

 

The game – and the season – would prove momentous for both clubs. Juve lost on penalties to Milan in the final and went a decade without getting as far as the semi-finals again, losing their Serie A status in the Calciopoli scandal in the intervening period.

Madrid, meanwhile, parted ways with Del Bosque and midfield anchor Claude Makelele that summer, leading to a sustained run of underperformance in Europe. They would not reach the semi-finals again until 2011, while they had to wait until last year for La Decima.

 

This week both clubs enter the game with the awareness that the winner will likely go into the final as an underdog against a Barcelona team which brushed aside Bayern Munich in their first leg, however that ought not to matter too much.

Madrid enter as reigning champions of Europe and as such are expected to progress, while Juve – without any high-quality competition domestically – have done well even to make it this far. Their goalscorers in the first leg, Carlos Tevez and former Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata, while both undoubtedly talented, are only in Italy because richer clubs decided they were surplus to requirements.

In contrast, their opponents parted with more than €100m last summer, bringing in the likes of James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Lucas Silva. They cruised through their group with six wins from six and after edging past local rivals Atletico in the quarter-finals they will feel like this is a tie they should win.

 

For Juventus it is a chance to return to the glory days of the early 2000s, while Real have the chance to exact revenge for a painful defeat. But in truth this game is only comparable to that famous 2003 meeting on a superficial level.

 

Betting Instinct tip Real Madrid to win by two goals is 7/2 with Intertops.eu

 

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Where will Juventus star Paul Pogba be next season?

 

Very few players command attention and interest across the globe consistently. We live in a world where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo take turns in setting the bar higher and higher. This makes other footballers seem mortal, in comparison. But, one player who is keeping up with the best consistently is Paul Pogba. With an array of skills that can put any footballer in his shade, Pogba is making his own mark on the global arena.

 

At 22 years, Pogba is already a special player. The potential was always there and even the confrontations between clubs. When he joined Manchester United from Le Havre, there were accusations that United approached the player illegally. And when he left United to join Juventus in 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson went to the extent of alleging that Pogba had a contract with Juventus ‘a long time ago’. The underlying circumstances may have been different but the pain of losing a talented player was apparent.

Lack of game time was one of the reasons why Pogba left United for Juventus. Even before he kicked a ball for Juventus, everyone knew that the club was successful in grabbing the big prize. Over the last two years, he established himself as the lynchpin of the Juventus midfield. His agent Mino Raiola always maintained that Pogba is on par with the best in the world and is a future Ballon d’Or winner.

 

Torino v Juventus Betting Odds:

Torino win 31/10

Juventus win 10/11

Draw 11/5

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

The exploits of this talented playmaker haven’t gone unnoticed. Top European clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and Manchester City monitor his situation continuously and vie for his signature. It has even been suggested that his old club Manchester United is keen to get him back; and price is not a problem for any of these top sides. Pogba could spur any team to the heights of European glory and none of these teams would want to miss out.

 

Where does this leave Juventus? Surely, the club knows what it has and treasures the value of the player on its books. But, it is an open secret that it may not be long before they get a huge offer and Pogba leaves. Everyone remembers what happened with Zinedine Zidane when he was sold at the peak of his prowess by Juventus to Real Madrid.

Pogba may follow the footsteps of his idol and join the current Champions League holders, and the chances of him ending at Madrid will only increase if Zidane becomes the manager of the first team. However bitter rivals Barcelona are not willing to admit defeat and, if reports are to be believed, will offer huge money to Juventus once their transfer ban is over.

 

Whatever comes next, Pogba will continue to grab attention of every club and fan across the globe, and Raiola could be pardoned for continuously singing the praises of his player. The clubs could be forgiven for waiting with bated breath on what could be his next step. But, what is sure is that Pogba will be a global phenomenon for the next few years at least.

There may still be some naysayers who argue that Pogba is not yet at the level of Messi or Ronaldo. Truth be told, he is not at the same level; not yet! He has all the tools to challenge the game’s elite. It is just a matter of time.

 

Betting Instinct tip Juventus to win to nil in the Derby di Torino is 4.01 with Intertops.eu

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Roma v Juventus: Can the pretenders stop the Ju-Ju train?

Since September 11th 2011 Juventus have lost only eight league games and taken exclusive residence atop Serie A. Five of those defeats came in the 2012/13 campaign where they would occasionally succumb to ennui at their whole shtick of going in front, controlling the game, seeing it out, then shaking hands and wishing their vanquished all the best. You know, that predictable old winning thing.

The previous season – when monopoly was still a fresh, intriguing proposition – they were invincible.

Roma v Juventus Betting Odds:

Roma win 2/1

Juventus win 13/10

Draw 11/5

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Since September 11th 2011 – that’s 138 games in case you were wondering – the Old Lady has crushed its nearest and dearest with iron-fisted dominance. And now, after extending their already-healthy lead over second placed Roma last weekend, the ruthless Bianconeri scent a fourth consecutive title.

They have done this before: Given their rivals a glimmer of hope, showed a bit of ankle, then raced away with half a season to spare. Now, with a nine point lead looking unassailable following Totti and co’s draw in Verona surely it’s all now a formality?
Surely we are all better off concentrating our attentions on a terrific scrap for European qualification or a bitter relegation dogfight involving Verona, Cagliari, Chievo, and Atalanta? The tussle for the top is over. The champions-elect may as well be crowned before March blossoms its blooms.

Unless…

Unless there is one particular fixture scheduled for this one particular time and rather wonderfully there is.
Juve – Tevez, Pogba and all – head to the Stadio Olimpico this Monday evening knowing the avoidance of defeat will put them out of sight. A stalemate will more than suffice but while Bonucci and Chiellini will typically be in lockdown mode, don’t expect classic catenaccio. For one thing it is impossible to curtail the scurrying adventure of Tevez while Pirlo’s pearler last week demonstrated once again that any set-pieces attained within his scud missile range are potentially priceless. Moreso the knowledge that Roma will have to unleash hell lends the perfect opportunity to be brave, allow the magnificent Pogba the freedom of the park, and hurt the home side when stretched.

And Roma WILL have to unleash hell; an opening up of their usual cat-and-mouse caginess that has seen them draw eight from their previous eleven games, only scoring more than once on a couple of those occasions.
Coach Rudi Garcia must dispense with conservatism and entrust the cute creativity of Ljajic to pick the Juventus padlock and perhaps add to his eight league goals this term. Pjanic’s pinpoint probing meanwhile must take priority over work-rate.
So much of Roma’s success this season has been built on solid foundations. The experienced De Sanctis has been in the form of his long career with Astori ahead of him a calm colossus. Now though we get to see what i giallorossi have to offer when all guns blazing. They will certainly be battle-hardened after coming through a highly charged trip to Feyenoord on Thursday evening, a Europa League clash that was suspended for ten minutes after objects were thrown onto the pitch including, depressingly, an inflatable banana.

The wounded whippet Iturbe will be a big loss as too, possibly, Maicon who is a doubt. But personnel plays secondary importance for such a clash. It is mentality – or more pertinently a change of mentality – that matters here.
For the neutral a repeat scoreline – either way – from the corresponding fixture in Turin last October will be welcomed. That barmy evening saw five goals, two reds, and three penalties.

Whether it’s a tight affair though or an incident-packed thriller one thing is for certain – if it goes Juve’s way the old lady will put on weight and start to sing.

Betting Instinct tip – with Juve content to keep things tight early on, we could well see the game being level at half-time. You can back this at 21/20 with Intertops.eu

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Can resurgent AC Milan trip up the Old Lady?

Pippo Inzaghi takes charge of Milan against another of the clubs he represented during his playing career

Pippo Inzaghi takes charge of Milan against another of the clubs he represented during his playing career

AC Milan fans are just starting to believe again after last season’s nightmare, but the visit of defending champions Juventus will be a true test of their Scudetto credentials. Milan will look to take advantage of hosting the Bianconeri before they truly hit their stride, but they have made an ominous start to the campaign.

Juventus won the title at a canter last season, their third in a row, but they were helped by their rivals suffering unexpectedly wretched spells, so the Turin side should expect much stiffer tests this time around. Milan proved emphatically that they can find the net with their 5-4 win over Parma, the question is whether they can rattle Juventus’s as yet unbeaten, unflappable back line.

The odds show Juventus as clear favourites but the draw is generously priced given that this is a very different Milan side to last season and they have so far been deadly in front of goal.

 

AC Milan v Juventus Betting Odds:

AC Milan to win – 21/10

Juventus to win – 6/5

Draw – 9/4

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

Milan’s nine-goal thriller with Parma had everything – two red cards, an injured goalkeeper (Milan’s Diego Lopez who is out for 20 days) and a magnificent back heel winner from Jeremy Menez. Having beaten Lazio 3-1 in their opener, things are looking up for a side who suffered the rare indignity of missing out on European qualification last season. It’s the first time since 1963 that Milan have hit eight goals in their opening two games of a campaign, and they even struck five without new boy Fernando Torres, who is fighting off an ankle injury, and injury-prone marksman Stephan El Shaarawy. Both men should be ready to feature against Juventus.

In many ways Milan are still rebuilding after the Massimiliano Allegri era, so this game will have even more pride at stake than usual because Allegri will be sitting on the Juventus bench. Clarence Seedorf’s impact was minimal after he replaced Allegri and it is only now that Pippo Inzaghi is putting a new stamp on the team. However, despite the air of optimism, Inzaghi has insisted that a win over Juventus would be ‘pulling off a miracle’. The former poacher is still in his managerial infancy and knows that a win would undoubtedly be his greatest coaching achievement to date.

 

The worry for Inzaghi is that his gung-ho Rossoneri are doing things the hard way. There have been over 2.5 goals in Milan’s last four Serie A games, going back into the end of last season. The defence looked jittery against Parma and may struggle to deal with the Juventus partnership of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente that proved deadly last season. Juventus, by contrast, are yet to turn on the fireworks but also yet to concede. Their opening day 1-0 win at Chievo could easily have been 3-0 and they were on the whole comfortable in beating a competitive Udinese 2-0 at home. The Old Lady have been built on solidity rather than flamboyance and the old adage states that titles are won by defence not attack. There have been less than 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Juventus’s last 16 Serie A games and they have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last nine.

A largely unpopular choice to replace the conquering Antonio Conte, Allegri still has a lot to prove, but Juventus’ back bone remains from last year when they beat Milan 2-0 at San Siro and triumphed 3-2 at home. The managerial transition has so far been smooth and Juventus will be full of confidence. Big-money summer signing Alvaro Morata is finally nearing full fitness after picking up a knee injury in his first training session with Juve. The Spaniard could be introduced in the second half to worry the Milan defence and may be a good bet for last goalscorer.

 

The pattern of the game will be decided by whether Milan can draw first blood. If they can shock Juventus and take the lead, the game will open up and could be a thriller. It would still be a massive test of Milan to hold on to a lead and Inzaghi’s side have shown little evidence of being able to close out a game ever since pre-season when they shipped goals regularly. Much more likely both sides will be scared to make a mistake and it will be a very tight, cagey affair that could come down to a single goal.

 

Betting Instinct tip – Back the draw in the Milan v Juventus match this weekend at +225 with AllYouBet.ag, and if you fancy a score cast try 1-1 @ +550.

 

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Will Serie A champions Juventus continue unbeaten this weekend?

Juventus v Udinese

September has so far been a fine month for Italian football as Antonio Conte has led Italy to victory over the Netherlands in a friendly match before seeing his team claim a 2-0 win in their opening Euro 2016 qualifying match. Now this weekend sees the team that he took to three successive Serie A titles before leaving shortly before the start of this 2014/15 season aims to record a second successive win in the league following the international break and set out their stall for their campaign to win a fourth title in a row? Can the home side take all three points in this Juventus v Udinese match as both teams look to build on their opening round victories?

The betting markets certainly suggest that it’ll be hosts at the Juventus Stadium that emerge triumphant at the full time whistle, but do the Juventus v Udinese betting odds take the league’s top scorer into consideration?

Juventus v Udinese Betting Odds:

Juventus to win – 1.35

Draw – 4.75

Udinese to win – 8.00

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

While Juventus had a winning start to the season away at Chievo in the opening round of Serie A football, they did not exactly set the world alight in front of goal as they came away with a 1-0 victory decided by an own goal, as defender Cristiano Biraghi put through his own net. This may be a problem for them this weekend as they face an Udinese side that has one of the most lethal strikers in Europe leading the line for them in Antonio di Natale.

The 36 year old striker had announced that he was to retire at the end of the 2013/14 season, but he reversed his decision at the end of the season and chose to stay with the club he signed for in 2004 for this season. It has been a great decision for both club and player as he has played two matches so far and he has scored seven times.

 

His season began with five goals in the 5-1 win over Ternana in the Coppa Italia before he added a brace in the 2-0 home win over Empoli before the international break and he will be desperate for more goals this weekend. However, Juventus have been the far better of the two teams in recent encounters with five straight wins before this weekend’s clash and they are unbeaten in six meetings since Alexis Sanchez, now of Arsenal, scored a late winner at the Juventus Stadium in January 2011.

The biggest question on everyone’s lips for this top of the table clash in Italy is will di Natale’s individual brilliance be enough for Udinese to upset the odds or will the all around greatness of this three time title winning Juventus side see them live up to their pre-match favourites billing?

 

I personally feel the hosts are likely to be the better team in this Juventus v Udinese match with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Paul Pogba all more than capable of scoring goals and Arturo Vidal and that title winning defence capable of keeping the opposition out. However, di Natale is more than capable of showcasing his confidence, belief and excellence to net his first goal against the Bianconeri since a 3-0 home win for Udinese at the end of the 2009/10 season.

With a fantastic game of football potentially on the cards, I am putting my money on goals on this top drawer match from Serie A this weekend that will see the home side emerge as the winning side at full time.

Betting Instinct tip – Back +2.5 goals in the Juventus v Udinese match this weekend @ 1.80 with AllYouBet.ag.

 

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Who’ll reach the Europa League Final this evening?

Ezequiel Garay celebrates opening the scoring in Benfica's 2-1 win over Juventus in the first leg

Ezequiel Garay celebrates opening the scoring in Benfica’s 2-1 win over Juventus in the first leg

After two fantastic semi final second leg matches over the last two evenings in the Champions League where a Madrid Derby between Atlético and Real was set up thanks to 4-0 and 3-1 away wins at Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively, this evening sees the turn of the Europa League. As things stand, it is looking as if two further Iberian sides will contest the Europa League Final at the Juventus Stadium on May 14 with Benfica and Sevilla leading Juventus and Valencia. Will it be all change in the Europa League Semi Final Second Leg matches?

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Juventus v Benfica:

Juventus – 1.56

Draw – 3.95

Benfica – 5.60

Despite the fact that Benfica hold a 2-1 advantage coming into this second leg clash of their Europa League semi final, looking at the odds for the game it is clear that GR88.com are favouring a resurgence from the side that all but tied up the Italian Serie A with a bounce back victory over Sassuolo to leave them eight points clear with three games to play. The reason for this is the outstanding home form shown by Juventus this season as they have won 22 and drawn three of their 25 matches at the Juventus Stadium and with the final happening here in less than two weeks time you can be sure that they will want to be a part of it in their hometown.

Juventus have conceded zero or one goal in 16 of their last 17 home matches and a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in this competition is the only time they have failed to win in this run of 17 games too. They will be confident, but the current Portuguese champions are in excellent form too and they are aiming for a domestic and European quadruple this season. They already have claimed the league title and their penalty shootout win over Porto at the weekend saw them book their second domestic final appearance for this season, now all they need to do is avoid defeat tonight to ensure their progress.

They bring four clean sheets in a row on the road in all competitions into tonight’s game and they have eight shutouts in 11 away matches. With them needing to keep things tight at the back, with Juventus’ away goal seeing them able to progress with a 1-0 win, I expect this to be a tight and gritty game with few goals.

Back -2.5 goals in the Juventus v Benfica game tonight @ 1.85 with GR88.com.

Valencia v Sevilla:

Valencia – 2.14

Draw – 3.50

Sevilla – 3.00

This all Spanish clash will ensure that there will be a third team from La Primera Liga contesting a European final this season in conjunction with the two Madrid teams, and with Sevilla hitting form at the end of the season as well as holding a 2-0 lead over their compatriots it is they who are looking like progressing to the final this evening.

Neither of these two sides claimed victory at the weekend with Valencia suffering a 1-0 loss to league leaders Atlético Madrid and Sevilla beaten 3-1 away at Athletic Bilbao. Both teams have had struggles of late, with Valencia losing two of their last four at home – although these two losses are their only home defeats in 13 matches in 2014 – while Sevilla have suffered three losses in four away from home.

I feel that this match will be another close game, just like the Juventus v Benfica clash, but with them two goals behind Valencia will be the more attacking team of the two tonight and with their excellent home record this year I can see them just edging this match tonight/.

Back Valencia to beat Sevilla in their Europa League Semi Final Second Leg tonight @ 2.14 in the GR88 Sportsbook!

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Juventus or Napoli to win their Serie A top three clash this weekend?

Fernando Llorente celebrates opening the scoring in Juventus' 3-0 home win over Napoli earlier this season

Fernando Llorente celebrates opening the scoring in Juventus’ 3-0 home win over Napoli earlier this season

The biggest game happening in Italy this weekend is the clash of the sides sitting in first and third places in Serie A as Juventus look to continue their march towards their third successive top division title and Napoli wish to close the gap on Roma in second place, and the final automatic Champions League spot.

Napoli have lost just twice at the Stadio San Paolo all season in domestic football, while Juventus have been defeated just once on the road so I’m expecting this to be a close match between two good sides. GR88.com agree with this assessment of the game and they too are backing a tight game between the teams this Sunday evening.

Napoli v Juventus Odds:

Napoli – 2.74

Draw – 3.10

Juventus – 2.46

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

It will be a stretch for Napoli to catch Roma in second place in the league as they are six points behind them at this time having played an extra match. They had actually recently looked like catching them after an 81st minute Callejón winner at the Stadio San Paolo at the start of March but, after following that up with a 1-0 win at Torino, they threw away all their good work by losing 1-0 at home to Fiorentina. That loss was their second home defeat of the season in the league and while they have not lost too many at home in Serie A they have been massively inconsistent since November in front of their own fans. This has cost them as they have tried to move up to second place as they have lost two and drawn three of their last nine at home, while never recording the same result two games in a row.

Juventus will be confident about breaking that pattern for Napoli as they eased past them in November on home soil as they scored in the second, 74th and 80th minutes before seeing Angelo Ogbonna red carded seven minutes from time as they cruised to a 3-0 win. They also bring into this match a two month and 14 match unbeaten run that has seen them win each of their last four matches, including winning all of their last five games on the road without conceding a single goal. Confidence will be sky high for the league leaders, now can they all but assure a third straight title by ensuring their lead at the top of the table stays at least 14 points?

Juventus do not have the best of records away at Napoli following an eight match and 14 year winless streak that has seen Napoli win half of those games, drawing the other four. The last two meetings at the Stadio San Paolo have seen draws, but with Napoli being massively inconsistent at home over the last few months and having scored just two goals in their last three on home soil I cannot see them managing to get anything against the best side in the league this weekend. The fact that Juventus are available at better than evens odds makes them even more tempting too.

Back Juventus to beat Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo @ 2.46 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Juventus set take 2nd in group and move into the last 16 of the Champions League

Juventus v Copenhagen – Champions League

While Juventus have been in excellent form in Serie A their Champions League campaign has been poor so far as they sit bottom of Group B. Can they turn things around in this Juventus v Copenhagen clash tonight?

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Although they sit bottom of Group B in the Champions League there may be light at the end of the tunnel for Juventus this evening as they are just a single point away from Copenhagen in third and Galatasaray in second and a win this evening will likely put them in prime place to take the second position in the group and move into the last 16 of the Champions League. Galatasaray were beaten 6-1 at home by Real Madrid and are in the Spanish capital this evening so are unlikely to increase their points tally, but can the Italians take advantage this evening and win this Juventus v Copenhagen clash to move into the top two of the group? GR88.com certainly believe so as they lean heavily towards the home win this evening and their Juventus v Copenhagen betting odds reflect their thoughts on this match.

Juventus v Copenhagen Betting Odds:

Juventus to win – 1.13

Draw – 9.00

Copenhagen to win – 23.00

(Odds are provided by GR88.com. They are current as of publication date and subject to change.)

Juventus may be the heavy favourites to win this match this evening, but they will not be confident of taking all three points until they lead at the final whistle following a disaster of a campaign so far. They have played four matches in Group B at this point and they have taken zero victories, drawing three and losing one of the games so far. Both home matches against Galatasaray and Real Madrid have ended 2-2 with the Turkish side scoring late on to claim a point after the home side had come back from a goal down while the exact opposite was true in the Juventus v Real Madrid game. Overall these two draws are the only times they have failed to win in eight on home soil this season, so Juventus certainly have the capacity to win, as shown by them recently going top of Serie A after Roma win all of their opening ten matches, but will they be able to bring this form into the Champions League and take their first win of the season in this Juventus v Copenhagen match?

The Champions League away days have not been comfortable for Copenhagen this season as a 4-0 bruising away at Real Madrid was followed up with a 3-1 defeat in Turkey at the hands of Galatasaray, but they will be confident of avoiding defeat against the winless Italians this evening despite their massive underdog status. They are in reasonable form of late with four wins and two draws in their last six games in all competitions, but will they be able reverse their away form in this game? They have lost three and drawn two of their last five games on the road and have not kept a clean sheet since May, 14 away games ago. Can they upset their away form and the GR88.com Juventus v Copenhagen betting odds to claim something from this match?

Despite Juventus’ winless form in the Champions League this season and the 1-1 draw secured at home by Copenhagen this season, our football expert does not see Copenhagen being able to take anything from this match. Juventus are too big of a club and too good to continue going without winning in this competition, especially as their overall home form suggests they can do much better. As such, our man in the know is backing a comfortable home win in this must win Juventus v Copenhagen match.

GR88.com predicts Juventus will win by at least three goals (Juventus -2.25) @ 1.87.

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