There are only 2 more games to be played before we find out which two teams will be competing in the Champions League Final this season. The reality here, though, is that given how the first legs in each of the semi-finals played out, we probably already have a very good idea of who those teams will be. We will talk more about the Real Madrid/Atletico Madrid match-up in another piece, but for now, let’s focus on how the second leg of the Juventus/Monaco tie might play out.
This was an intriguing match-up in that it put together a pair of teams with wildly contrasting styles. Juventus have made it this far in the tournament by seemingly building an impenetrable defensive wall, while the French side have played an exciting brand of football that has seen them pile up the goals on the way to the semi-finals. Something had to give, and it did in the first leg, as Juventus went into Monaco and came away with a 2-0 win. A pair of away goals may be impossible for Monaco to overcome, but this season’s tournament has delivered several big surprises, so perhaps we should not call this thing over just yet.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Juventus Vs Monaco UEFA Champions League Free Picks
When: Tuesday, May 9 at 2:45 PM ET
Where: Juventus Stadium, Torino
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
UEFA Odds: Juventus -½ (-150)
Why bet on Juventus
Juventus do not need to come out and do anything particularly fancy in this game, as that 2-0 lead will allow them to do what they so best, which is to play stifling defense. They are going to be the Serie A champions this season, and they will win it by limiting what other teams do offensively. In the 35 league games that Juventus have played so far this season, they have given up just 23 goals. While that is indeed an impressive stat, it pales in comparison to the fact that Juve have only conceded two goals in Champions League play, which is all the more astonishing when you consider that Barcelona were one of their opponents.
Why bet on Monaco
Needing to score 3 goals against arguably the best defensive unit in football is a tall order, but if any team can do it, it’s Monaco. The French side, who are likely going to be Ligue 1 champions, routed Nancy 3-0 over the weekend, marking the 27th time this season that Monaco had scored three goals in a game. With Falcoa and teenage sensation Mpabbe leading the attack, you can’t really count this team out, but it’s also fair to say that they have not really face a defense as good as what Juventus bring to the table. If Monaco can steal an early goal, it may make this thing very interesting indeed.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Monaco are going to come out with guns blazing, but they are going to come up short. Juventus are not just great on defense, they are also skilled on the counter-attack, as they proved on the first leg. Let’s go with a repeat of the first game.