Juventus vs Real Madrid
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 13, 2015, 3:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Real Madrid 3/4 Draw 16/5 Juventus 9/2
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Juventus travel to take on Real Madrid with a slender 2-1 lead, can the Italian Champions make their first UEFA Champions league final since 2003. Juventus will look to Carlos Tevez who has been the Old Lady's best player the entire season. Tevez has all but wrapped up the top scorer award in Serie A and was brilliant in the first leg of the semi final against Real Madrid. Juventus will welcome back the french midfielder Paul Pogba who is rumoured to be a transfer target for Real Madrid in the summer, Pogba has been excellent when fit and compliments the ageless Andrea Pirlo in center midfield. Juventus has quietly improved all season in Europe and their best performance was the away win against Borussia Dortmund in the last sixteen. With a really solid defence and a good tactical manager who knows how to set his team up to counter attack Juventus are going to be very tough to beat tomorrow night.
Real Madrid will look to get back to the Champions League final to face their arch rivals Barcelona, in what would be another all Spanish final for the second time in a row after last year's Madrid derby. Cristiano Ronaldo is as always the key man for Real and with Benzema injured and Bale out of form alot of the pressure rests on Ronaldo's shoulders. James Rodriguez and Javier Hernandez have been starters of late and Hernandez rewarded Ancelotti's faith in him by scoring the winner against Atletico Madrid in the quarter finals of the competition. While there is no doubt that Real Madrid have an abundance of talent and as defending Champions they have the necessary experience. The question is do they have enough form to handle a red hot Juventus?
Really tough game to handicap here. While Real Madrid are the favourites and are at home, for me Juventus look the better team on form and I think Juventus will do enough to qualify here. I'm going to take Juventus +1 on the handicap at evens. At worst I think we push here but I think Juventus will get a result here and knock the Champions out.