Real Madrid is the Soccer Betting Favorite vs. Juventus on Wednesday

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,April 10, 2018 12:21, EDT in

Every team in the world, even the biggest clubs, goes through a down period where silverware is hard to come by. Then again, there seem to be a few teams who are able to avoid those downturns. While having money to throw at the best players in the world helps, signing those big names is no guarantee that the good times will continue to roll. It has been, comparatively speaking, a bit of a down year for Real Madrid in La Liga, but they have saved their very best for the Champions League, as a win here would take them into the semi-finals of this esteemed competition for the 8th straight season, which is why they come as the favorites at the latest Soccer betting odds.

Real Madrid is the 2-time defending champions and has won this competition 3 times in the last 4 years, with the most recent of those wins being a 4-1 victory over this very Juventus team last season, and once again, Juve comes in as the soccer betting underdog. Madrid looks to be safe, winning the opening leg in Turin 3-0. They certainly have history on their side, as no team has ever come back to win after losing their home leg by that very score.

Real Madrid vs. Juventus Soccer Betting Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Wednesday, March 11 at 2:45 PM EST
  • Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: UEFA.com
  • Soccer Betting Odds: Real Madrid -167 (Over/Under at 3 goals)

Key Facts

  • This will be Ronaldo’s 150th #UCL appearance
  • No team has ever overturned a 3-0 home defeat
  • Real Madrid looking to reach semis for 8th season in a row

Why bet on Real Madrid?

If you needed only one reason to bet on Real Madrid in this game, other than the one we mentioned in the opener of this piece, it would be Cristiano Ronaldo. He notched his 40th goal of the season over the weekend and has now found the back of the net in 10 consecutive games. At an age when some players start to lose a step or two, Ronaldo seems to be shifting into an even higher gear. Real Madrid has had their struggles this season, particularly in La Liga, but they have been at their devastating best in this competition.

We all expected a close, tightly fought game in the opening leg in Turin, but Madrid came out and bossed the game from the opening whistle, and it has to be said that they were full value for their 3-0 win. Real Madrid has played 16 games at home this season, scoring 45 and giving up 18.

Form Guide

  • Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético
  • Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid
  • Las Palmas 0-3 Real Madrid
  • Real Madrid 6-3 Girona
  • Eibar 1-2 Real Madrid

Possible Line-Up

  • 1-K. Navas
  • 4-S. Ramos
  • 12-Marcelo
  • 2-D. Carvajal
  • 5-R. Varane
  • 14-Casemiro
  • 10-L. Modric
  • 8-T. Kroos
  • 22-Isco
  • 7-C. Ronaldo
  • 9-K. Benzema

Why bet on the Juventus?

It has been a very good year for Juventus, as they now look as though they are going to be tough to catch at the top of Serie A, opening up a 4-point gap on Napoli after trailing them for most of the season. Juventus had looked their usual defensive best in the rounds leading up to the quarter-finals, but they were totally undone by Ronaldo and company in the opening leg, leaving themselves a mountain to climb in Madrid.

Juventus hopes to turn things around, but the Soccer Betting Odds are not by their side.

The only way this thing gets exciting is if Juve can come out and get on the board early. They will be looking to Paulo Dybala to provide the spark, and he is certainly in a good run of form, hitting a hat-trick against Benevento on the weekend. The question here is whether they will be able to hold off a Real Madrid attack that will be out looking for the kill shot.

Form Guide

  • Benevento 2-4 Juventus
  • Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid
  • Juventus 3-1 Milan
  • SPAL 0-0 Juventus
  • Juventus 2-0 Atalanta

Possible Line-Up

  • 1-G. Buffon
  • 15-A. Barzagli
  • 4-M. Benatia
  • 3-G. Chiellini
  • 12-A. Sandro
  • 14-B. Matuidi
  • 6-S. Khedira
  • 5-M. Pjanić
  • 11-D. Costa
  • 9-G. Higuaín
  • 10-P. Dybala

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While I don’t expect Juventus to lay down and die in the second leg, I just don’t see any way back into this tie for them. I see Real Madrid once again backing the Soccer Betting Odds quite comfortably.

Score: Real Madrid 3 – Juventus 1