Juventus vs Atletico Madrid predictions, betting tips and match preview for the Champions League last 16 second leg tie on Tuesday 12th March. Atleti have a two goal lead from the first leg and an away goal would probably end Juventus’ hopes here.
The Serie A Champions in waiting face being dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night unless Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire some more magic against his former Madrid rivals. The 2-0 lead that Atletico hold from the first leg three weeks ago should be enough to see them through here, but a side containing the talents of this Juventus team can never be written off. They’re miles clear in their domestic table and almost all of their star names were rested for Friday’s easy win over Udinese.
Atletico Madrid are the masters at shutting up shop and Diego Simeone will go to Turin with a firm plan to stifle Ronaldo and try and get that vital away goal. He has the team at his disposal to do both and so we’re expecting few goals in this match so under 2.5 goals would be a bet to add to an over/under 2.5 goals betting tip. Atletico have only scored more than one goal once in their last eight away Champions League games with three of their last six ending 0-0. For our Juventus vs Atletico prediction, we’re hoping for another low scoring match this week.
There is every chance that we will get a Simeone masterclass in defending here because they do have the insurance of a 2-0 cushion from the first leg, however, he will be well aware that Juventus are capable of getting two goals back so an away goal for Atletico Madrid could just swing the tie. They have been very good in the competition so far but the 4-0 loss at Borussia Dortmund will be sticking in Simeone’s mind and he’ll want to ensure no early goal is conceded.
With all this in mind, we can see a 1-1 draw being played out in this match, which will be enough to see Atletico Madrid through to the last eight of the Champions League. It will mean heart break for Cristiano but the Portuguese star might just get a goal.
It would be typical of Cristiano Ronaldo to steal the show and guide Juventus into the last eight here but we just don’t think they’ll be able to overturn the deficit. Their group stage matches show a home defeat to Manchester United and loss at Young Boys and that isn’t a great basis on which to say Juve will keep a clean sheet here. If they do fail to keep Ateltico Madrid at bay then Antoinne Griezmann is the man to bet on for an anytime goalscorer tip. The Frenchman has got four Champions League goals so far this season and he will be on penalties as well. Back Griezmann to score to round off this week’s Juventus vs Atletico Madrid predictions.