Juventus vs. Real Madrid Preview
For Real Madrid it is simple - beat Juventus they will advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
For Juventus it is not so easy, as they are in third place in Group B with two draws and one loss, which came in their last Champions League match facing Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.
Juve are the slight home favorite in this HUGE CL match, as Bet365 has them at +150 with Real Madrid at +180 and a draw line of +275.
Juve has had success so far in Italy Serie A and after their loss to Real in CL play they have three straight league wins scoring seven goals in that span and not conceding any.
After their loss to Barcelona in El Clasico Real has two straight La Liga wins where there their offensive exploded and combined for 10 goals.
No surprise, who the Juve defense has to key on. Cristiano Ronaldo has five goals in his last two matches and he scored both of the goals, one off a questionable penalty, in the 2-1 win over Juventus in the CL match on October 23rd.
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Juve G Gianluigi Buffon has three clean sheets in a row, but those matches came against Genoa, Catania, and Parma and out of this bunch only Genoa is in the top 10 in the Serie A table (8th).
On top of playing a stacked Real offense the Juve defense will be missing a couple of key defenders. Giorgio Chiellini is sitting because of a red card suspension and Stephan Licthsteiner is injured.
Real’s defense has not been in good form and they have given up seven goals in their last three matches. Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal have combined for 11 goals this season and they must pressure the Real defense.
Will Real play their match? They are an attacking team with all the offensive firepower they have with the likes of Ronaldo, Angel di Maria, and Gareth Bale, but a draw will be fine with them. Still, how can Real not attac? They will and because of this it is key that Juve really pounce on counter attack chances.
Juve did play a good match in Madrid a couple of weeks back and they need to do so again, but this time get a win or they will be in big trouble in trying to advance to the knockout stage.
Prediction: 2-1 Juventus