Bayern Munich vs Juventus
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 23, 2016, 2:45 PM (EST)|
The Line: Juventus Draw Bayern Munich
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What a match up we have on Tuesday evening as last year's beaten finalists Juventus come face to face with Bayern Munich at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Tuesday night. Juventus had won fifteen straight games until Friday night's draw with Bologna but are still unbeaten in their last fourteen games, ironically their last defeat was the one that cost them their place at the top of their Group in the Champions League and hence the reason they are facing Bayer Munich. Paul Pogba will again get the chance to let the world know what a supreme talent he is against one of the best teams on the planet, last season home and away against Real Madrid, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund the french midfielder was outstanding. On Tuesday night I think Pogba will be the key player as Juve look to turn over one of the favourites for the competition. Juventus have lost just once at home all season in all competitions so with Dybala, Pogba, Morata and Mandzukic there is enough talent and attackers to win this game but the question is can they hold Bayern's equally able attackers?
While Pep Guardiola's departure to Manchester City was announced in January this is the first real test for the Bayern manager since then. Bayern are coasting to another Bundesliga title but Guardiola's time at the Allianz Arena will be punctuated by his success in this years Champions League. Bayern Munich were impressive in their opening Champions League games but they did lose at Arsenal and their away form in the competition has been patchy at times. Bayern do hold the distinction of being the only away side to win in Italy against Juventus in the last twelve years. Muller, Lewandowski and the fit again double act of Robben and Ribery will bring the game to Juve but I think this Bayern side are going to have some problems containing Pogba in the midfield. Attacking wise there is no doubt Bayern are very strong, defensively they are questionable at times and they face a potent Juventus attack here.
This one should be an absolute cracker, I think that Juventus need a positive result here at home. Bayern away is a really tough task but Juve proved last year by winning against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco at home that they are a formidable force and Juve have been in really good form of late. I'm going to take Juve to get a win here. Simply put i think the price is too big here, the oddsmakers are making Juve underdogs at home, simply too good an opportunity to pass up.