The knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League fixtures are tonight and a lot of entertainment is expected as we should see some feisty encounters coming into this one.
UEFA Champions League
Bayern v Juventus – Both to Score @ 2.0 (Bet365) – 3 points
Juventus travel away to one of the toughest grounds in Europe in an attempt to beat Bayern Munich for the first time in their last 5 appearances in order to progress to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Juventus will feel in good form overall after not losing any of their last 19 games with just 2 draws during that run. front 3 of Manduzkic, Morata and Cuardado have been good especially on the counter attack as was seen in the first leg although they woke up after 60 minutes, they managed to come from 2-0 down to tie it up at 2-2. Juventus know that because they conceded the 2 away goals, they have no choice but to go out there and win the game against Bayern Munich or at least get another 2-2 draw. Juventus will likely have Khedira and Hernanes to sit in the midfield to give protection to the back 4 and have Pogba play in a slightly more advanced role.
Bayern Munich have been in mixed form only wining 2 out of the last 4 games since the 2-2 draw back in Turn. They lost 2-1 to Mainz at home while drawing 0-0 away to Dortmund the week after. This will give Juventus some hope that they might be able to take the attack to Bayern. Bayern will continue to also have their makeshift defence with Badstduber, Martinez and Boateng still expected to miss this game leaving Alaba, Lahm, Kimmich and Bernat at the back who conceded 2 goals last time around against Juventus. The attacking threat of Bayern is extremely solid with Robben, Muller, Lewandowski and Costa expected to start from the beginning with Gotze and Ribery available to come off the bench.
This will be a tightly contested encounter but Juventus needing goals to qualify and Bayern generally scoring in all games at home; this promises to be an exciting tie especially for all the neutrals. I expect both teams to score in this game which will be the best tie of the evening.