Juventus v Atletico – Allianz Stadium at 20:00 GMT
Juventus will be looking forward to overcome a two-goal deficit when they face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 showdown. Atletico Madrid will be making a trip to the Allianz Stadium to take on the Serie A giants, feeling confident after securing the first leg victory. However, Massimiliano Allegri’s men will be looking forward to welcoming their Spanish rivals since they will be playing with a home advantage as well as a better improved formed.
Juventus failed to impress at the Wanda Metropolitano when they were badly beaten by their opponents. They will need to be on top of their game come Tuesday if they want to overcome Diego Simeone’s men and get the better of them. Juventus will enter this match in a much improved form though. They recently saw a 4-1 victory against Udinese despite resting several key players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Leo Bonucci, and Mario Mandzukic among others.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, will certainly enter the second leg fixture in high spirits after overpowering the Serie A giants in the first leg. Furthermore, they will be facing Juventus as the favourites to come out as winners. Apart from the first leg victory, Atletico Madrid managed to win their previous five matches as well as keeping a clean sheet in each and one of them. Moreover, they have been unstoppable this season, surpassing Real Madrid in the La Liga standings at the 2nd spot.
With all these considered, a massive clash between these two is definitely expected to take place. Things are looking quite exciting for Tuesday’s match between these two top-ranked teams.
– Diego Godin remains doubtful since he will be attending a late fitness test due to a recurring thigh injury.
– Filipe Luis and Diego Costa are reported to be sidelined for Tuesday’s fixture also.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Wojciech Szczesny, Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio, Rodrigo Bentancur, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo
Jan Oblak, Santiago Arias, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Juanfran, Angel Correa, R. Hernandez, Saul Niguez, Koke, Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the team’s key players ever since he transferred from Real Madrid. This Portuguese star has at least 21 goals as well as 12 assists so far in his debut season at Juventus.
Paulo Dybala is definitely reaching his full potential at Juventus. Recently, his match-winning goal during their fixture against Bologna was his ninth goal for the season. He has been involved in almost all crucial matches of the team.
Antoine Griezmann has been making a name as one of the best players of Atletico Madrid. Griezmann has made at least 18 goals so far this season for the team and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be stopping anytime soon especially with how far the team has come this season.
Alvaro Morata has been becoming one of the team’s key players. In Diego Costa’s absence, he proved to be a reliable source of match-winning goals as evident in his performances against Villarreal and Real Sociedad.
Juventus v Atletico: 1-2
A second victory seems to be on the cards for the visitors though both sides have been in good forms since the first leg. Atletico Madrid have been on fire so far this season and has been surprising each and every one with their outstanding performances. However, a Cristiano Ronaldo-led team shouldn’t be underestimated though; the Serie A side might be desperate to make the most out of their home advantage.
MATCH BETTING ODDS
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