Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
A rather unfortunate pairing for neutral fans, considering one of the title-hopefuls will be shown the door after this round gets over. Both have appeared in the final of this competition, twice in the last five years. Even more hard-hitting is the fact that either of these clubs has a long history of heartbreaks in Europe’s premier contest.
The Old Lady has lost more finals than any other team, while the other has collected the most runner-up medals, without winning the cup at least once. Mr.Champions League, as he would like to call himself, Cristiano Ronaldo, has played a major role in both these stories.
In 2014, he was at center stage as Real Madrid kicked off their incredible run of four title wins in five years, and began it with an unbelievable injury-time comeback against Diego Simeone’s men.
Once more he became killjoy for the same team, in 2016, as the game went to penalty shootouts, and famously slotted in the last and deciding kick. The next year, his wonderful brace against Le Zebre, in the final, completed the La Duodecima for Los Blancos. Is this guy for real?
The point-man returns, this time with an objective to deliver for the Italian team, after his highly publicized transfer from the Spanish powerhouse. The guy has been brought in with the sole aim of taking the European trophy to Turin. But for sure, two-time losers against him, the Colchoneros, will have a thing or two to say about that.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Head-to-head (h2h)
- Notwithstanding their European stature, these teams have met only twice in the 21st century. The rest of the meetings were predominantly in the 60s.
- Both these games ended with under 2.5 goals.
- Either tie failed to see both teams getting on the scoresheet together.
- The Spanish team remained unbeaten in these fixtures. One win and a draw.
- At their home, Los Indios recorded a 1-0 win over their opponents.
- The other game resulted in a goalless draw.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Prediction
This tie will surely be one of the, if not, the best of the Round of 16 meetings. Both take immense pride in their defensive stability, with I Bianconeri especially coming from a nation famous for their style of play centered around their backlines.
Their previous meetings also loudly announce this fact. Just one goal was the return in total, in their two encounters this decade. Moreover, the Mattress Makers have kept ten clean sheets in their last fifteen home-ties, and Massimiliano Allegri’s men, 18 in their last 30 attempts. Also, the fact that this is so far the most important fixture of their season will force them, or inspire them to stick on to their time-tested strategies.
Either squad will play it safe and once more weave their tactics around their famed defenses. It would be extremely hard for the frontlines to string together decent passes in the final third, let alone get a shot at the goal. The center back duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will keep the visiting half mostly trouble-free, while Diego Godin and Jan Oblak will be pillars for the Spanish Armada.
Count on these two groups to dole out an extremely intense, low goal-scoring tie.
Coming to the result, it would have been anyone’s game unless for some special circumstances. La Madama recruited one of the best players of all time, Cristiano, with the sole aim of lifting this trophy, and even brought back the recently transferred Leonardo Bonucci, with the objective in mind. They will hugely prioritize this game, and the fact that their league campaign is already a virtual success will allow a certain leeway in approaching this game. Los Indios, meanwhile, still have to deal with the Blaugrana.
Another reality going against the hosts is that they suffered back-to-back losses in their overall matches this month, and their last home-tie resulted in a loss. At this crucial period of the season, it looks like they are slightly panicking. Never a good sign when the Killer Lady comes visiting.
The scales are slightly shifted to the Italian side, and I think backing them to avoid a loss has very good value.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.50 (1/2)
Double Chance: Draw or Juventus @ 1.44 (4/9).