Monaco vs Juventus 04/22/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview,Odds and Prediction
Juventus vs Monaco
Wendesday 22nd April 2015 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Monaco 12/5 Draw 9/4 Juventus 7/5 See the Latest Odds
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A tight first leg between Juventus and Monaco ended with the Italian champions carrying a slender one goal advantage into this second leg. Juventus have all but wrapped up the league after a terrific 2-0 win over Lazio at the weekend and they will have their sights set firmly on a Champions League semi final. Juventus boss Allegri will look to Tevez and Morata to lead his team to the semi finals and both have been in exceptional form this season. Tevez in particular has been sensational and the Argentine scored a brilliant individual goal against Lazio and was a threat throughout the game. With Pirlo and Vidal in midfield Tevez gets plenty of quality service and when a player like him gets good ball it is very very hard to stop him. Juventus though were a little out of sorts against Monaco in the first leg and were far from impressive, with Buffon the normally safe handed captain looking a little jittery.
Monaco come into this game with nothing to lose, most expected them to be knocked out by Arsenal and nearly everyone expected Juventus to hammer them in the first leg but Monaco were terrific. This is a solid team with a good blend of youth and experience. Berbatov, Mouthino and Carvalyho provide the experience and know how and Silva, Martial and Kondogbia provide the legs and youthful exuberance. This is a good team and while Juventus are definitely deserved favourites to go through I think Monaco will provide a stern test tonight.
This is a game that could go either way and I wouldnt be surprised if Juventus managed to hammer out a 0-0 draw to qualify for the knockout stages but I just cant pass up the 12/5 on Monaco at home. This is a good team and they are being completely written off. Monaco showed enough in the first leg to convince me that they can sneak a win here, it might not be enough as they must win by two clear goals if Juventus score but I think Monaco can definitely get a win.