It’s BACCKK! The greatest club competition in the world -the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE– is back with the final matchday of the 1st round.
UEFA Champions League
Juventus v Atletico Madrid – BTTS @ 2.10 (Bet365) – 2 points
Juventus need to draw or win to confirm qualification to the next round while Atletico Madrid know that a draw will be enough for them to secure top spot in the group.
With Juventus the team more badly needing the victory, they head into this on a 7 match unbeaten run and will be looking to translate recent form into goals in this game. Tevez was well rested on the weekened, and Juventus were able to play their game on Friday to get an extra day’s rest v Atletico Madrid. Tevez has been the biggest threat for Juventus scoring 3 out of the 7 goals this campaign. Juventus boast a host of goal scoring talent with the likes of Llorente, Morata, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Giovinco among the few who can definitely create opportunities to try and win. Juventus with Pirlo in a set piece is quite a deadly prospect as the Italian has made the most of his free-kick opportunities recently; and I expect him to be a constant threat.
Atletico Madrid have been in scoring form, already netting 14 goals in the 5 games so far, as well as a minimum of 2 goal in every league game in their 5 match winning run, will bode confidence in the team. Mandzukic has led the way with 5 goals, well assisted by Garcia and Koke who have netted 2 a piece as well. Atletico and Simeone have a full squad to choose from except for Miranda; and have ensured to net in every game so far this campaign. The bench strength for Atletico is good with Greizmann, Cerci and Suarez who can all chip in to add a goal as well.
Both teams to score looks the most likely bet; while both might conserve and play for a draw, I don’t think Atletico will allow Juventus to do this, as Atletico will continue to play on their form and go for the goals.