After reclaiming their fourth straight Serie A title over the weekend through a 1-0 win over Sampdoria, a rejuvenated Juventus will turn their attention to the Champions League, where they face the defending European Champions Real Madrid on Tuesday.Since securing their last victory against Ajax on penalties in the 1996 finals, the Bianconeri have endured a 19-year drought in the UEFA Champions League, so starting well at home will be very crucial for them this Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Blancos are bidding to make history as the first team ever to defend the trophy as they record their 26th Champions League semi-finals appearance. Los Blancos have won the trophy the most (10 times), including a 4-1 win last year over Atletico Madrid after extra time in the finals. With everything to fight for, read on below as we offer an online betting preview of this enticing First Leg clash.VENUE: Juventus Stadium, Turin, ItalyDATE: Tuesday, May 2015TIME: 2:45 PM ETTV: FOX Sports, Sky Sport 1, ItalyGAME ODDS: Real Madrid +164, Juventus +168, Draw +236
Still, Italy has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for the La Liga giants—something that Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti (a former Juventus boss) was keen to admit before the game. Notably, the Blancos have failed to win any of their previous seven visits to Italy, with their last win on Italian soil coming during 2004-05 group stage against Roma.
Juventus vs. Real Madrid Soccer Betting and Game PreviewEven though Juventus has not reached the last four of the European Champions League competition since 2003 (when they lost to AC Milan in the finals on penalties), their opponents in that season semi-finals were the Los Blancos. In that season, the Bianconeri came on top with a 4-3 goal aggregate. Under head coach Massimiliano Allegri, who has just lifted the Serie A title last weekend, the club is optimistic of a similar or even better result against Real Madrid in this season’s semis.
On the reverse, Real Madrid has maintained most of the players who helped the team win the trophy last season, hoping that the players can help them defend the Championships League trophy. In this year’s quarterfinals, Real Madrid overcame their 2014 finalists Atletico Madrid to reach the last four, thanks to a lone goal from Javier Hernandez in the dying minutes of their second leg tie.
Nonetheless, the Blancos have been stingy on their travels this season and haven’t conceded a goal away from home in this season’s Champions League competition since their first game against Ludogorets. Moreover, Real Madrid is in a positive form, coming into this game having beaten Sevilla 3-2 over the weekend via a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. Such factors should thus be able to motivate Real Madrid for a solid road showing.
Injury Concerns for Both Teams:Juventus: Martin Cáceres (ankle) and Paul Pogba (thigh)Real Madrid: Luka Modric (knee), Karim Benzema is also unlikely to recover in time for the trip to Turin.
Key Betting TrendsJuventus
- Recent form: WDWWWD
- Recent form (all competitions): WWDLWW
- The Bianconeri are 6-2-2 in the Champions League this season with a goal differential of eight
- The Bianconeri have progressed to the final in seven of their previous 10 semi-final ties in the European Cup/Champions League
- Recent form: WWWWWW
- Recent form (all competitions): DWWWWW
- The Blancos are 8-1-1 record in their 10 Champions League matches this season with a goal difference of 16.
- The Blancos have been eliminated in their last three European semi-finals against Italian sides (Juventus 2003, Torino 1992 and AC Milan 1989)