Ajax shocked the world last week and knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League this year. And another of the big favorites, Paris Saint Germain, went down also at the hands of Manchester United. And so now this competition is wide open. Between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we will see 4 more teams move on, which will get us down to the final 8 and the quarter-finals draw. Make sure you join the 2019 Soccer Betting Championship at Wannamakeabet.com to bet on all the remaining games. Entry is free and we’re giving away cash based on how many people enter. Click here to join now. And now, we give you our Juventus – Atletico Madrid prediction and preview for the UEFA Champions League 2019 playoffs.
Juventus would seem like a good bet until you realize that they are heading into the second leg of their tie with a 2-goal deficit to overcome. Atletico Madrid, who have made it to the final twice in the past 5 years have the edge ahead of the second leg, but they know that they will be in for a battle against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in Turin. Juventus is favored by ½ in the second leg, with the O/U set at 2 ½.
- When: Tuesday, March 12, 4 PM EST
- Where: Juventus Stadium, Turin
- TV: FS1
- Radio: UEFA.com
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- UEFA Champions League Odds: Juventus -157 (Total 2.5)
Why bet on Juventus?
While Juventus is running away with the Serie A and will likely be crowned as champions again, they are not having the same sort of success in the UEFA Champions League this year. The defeat in the opening leg of this tie means they have now lost 3 of their last 4 games in this tournament.
Perhaps even more surprising is that they have only managed to score 4 times in those previous 4 outings. Not great news when you consider that they need 2 just to tie this thing up. If you look at their league form, though, you quickly understand that this team has what it takes to pull this one out. Juventus are unbeaten at home, winning 12 and drawing 2 while scoring 32 and surrendering just 9. If they can play as they do in Serie A, they might just find themselves a lifeline to escape.
Why bet on Atletico Madrid?
At this late stage of the season, Atletico Madrid remains the only real threat to Barcelona in La Liga, but with them sitting 7 points off the pace, the chances of them actually closing that gap seem slim. What that means is that this team is probably now looking at the Champions League as their best shot at winning some hardware. And since they do have experience in getting to the final, you need to like their chances to keep this going.
It certainly helps that they head into the second leg nursing a 2-goal lead, especially given how solid they are defensively. Madrid has now not surrendered a goal in 4 straight UCL games. They have also only given up 17 goals in 27 league games, so look for them to hunker down here and hold that lead.
Final Score Prediction for Juventus vs Atletico Madrid
I would rather back a team to play lockdown defense as opposed to one that needs a lot of goals against a stout defense. At +444 Atletico Madrid has my undivided attention and I think they can get the win. 1-0. Bet on these odds at Wannamakeabet.com in our 2019 Sports Betting Championship today. Why bet real money on these games when you can enjoy it all for free!
Update. Juventus wins 3-0