Juventus vs Athletico Madrid 12/09/2014 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Athletico Madrid vs Juventus
Tuesday 9th December 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Juventus 6/5 Draw 11/5 letico Madrid 29/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports 5, ESPN; Fox Soccer
Juventus and Atheltico Madrid face off on Tuesday night with the Group winners spot at stake, a win for Juventus by two or more goals will see them top the Group over Athletico on head to head. Juventus have struggled all season in Europe but came good over the last two games winning both with a late late show against Olympiakos.With a midfield trio of Vidal, Pirlo and Pogba there are few more gifted in Europe. Juventus also have the energetic tevez up top, who has been having a terrific year and has twelve goals in all competitions. A passionate home crowd and a chance to win the group will surely be enough to raise performance levels for Juve who were a bit flat on Friday night against Fiorentina.
Diego Simeone spent most of his playing career in Italy with Inter Milan so will be comfortable with his surroundings when he returns to Italy with Athletico Madrid, the manager will be looking for the continued excellence of his side who have won seven in a row and thirteen of their last fifteen in all competitions. With Greizmann and Mandzukich up front Athletico have a genuine goals scoring threat and will be very able on the counter attack. A draw is enough for Athletico to win the Group and to ensure Juventus qualify. The draw may look the safest bet on this game and it will be close but I think we can get a better bet on the half time market.
I think Juventus will look to win the game but they will probably leave it late as I think the will be cautious in the first half and they will look to guarantee the point that assures qualification first. My favourite bet on the market is the draw at halftime here. Available at evens it looks a steal. And I will be all over it.