Atletico Madrid vs Juventus predictions, betting tips and match preview for tonight’s Champions League last 16 first leg clash at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Will Ronaldo steal the show back in Madrid? See our predictions and betting tips below.
So far in this season’s Champions League last 16 matches, all six ties have been 0-0 at half-time. This game is one of the ones you would have looked at before any match kicked off and decided it was one of the more likely low scoring matches, and that’s our first prediction for tonight. Atletico only conceded one goal at home in their group stage matches and Juventus only conceded two – that was against Young Boys when they’d already qualified. This match has all the makings of a low scoring affair even with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann on the pitch. Last night’s 0-0 correct score double will be hard to match, but the first Atletico Madrid vs Juventus prediction for tonight is the 0-0 draw at half-time.
We’ve already said we’re expecting a close tie here but Atletico will be keen to take a lead to Turin, and Juventus will be looking for an away goal. This means that the match could open up a bit in the second half and the attacking players will get a couple of chances. Ronaldo is the obvious choice here but he has only actually scored one Champions League goal this season, with Dybala currently topping the Juve scoring charts on five. For Atletico Madrid, it is always Antoine Griezmann who scores their goals and he’s already got four in the competition, so slight preference is for him in our anytime goalscorer predictions tonight. The best odds for Griezmann to score v Juventus are 9/5 with Coral.
The last Champions League betting tip for tonight’s game is going to be from the correct score market. Juventus have already got another Serie A title wrapped up, sitting 13 points clear of second placed Napoli so they can concentrate fully on the Champions League and try to get to another final. Despite him only scoring once in this competition, Cristiano Ronaldo has settled in nicely and has already bagged 19 goals in 24 matches. Atletico are always strong at home though and we’re predicting they will score, so our correct score prediction is for the match to end 1-1 and poise it nicely ready for the return leg in Italy in three weeks time.
Atletico Madrid to win – 9/5 with Coral.
Draw – 15/8 with Coral.
Juventus to win – 17/10 with Coral.
Diego Simeone has recently signed a new contract with the club, keeping him in Madrid until 2022 and he’d love to give them a Champions League trophy. This year’s final is at their stadium and that would be a fitting conclusion to the season. Griezmann will once again led the line and be the main goalscoring threat and they got back to winning ways at the weekend, beating Rayo Vallecano 1-0. That followed a shock defeat to high flying Real Betis and a loss in the Madrid derby.
New signing Alvaro Morata could play some part and Diego Costa is just back from injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Madrid for the first time since leaving Atleti’s rivals and he would love to score against his former club’s rivals. Douglas Costa is a doubt so Dybala and Mandzukic could be tasked with helping Ronaldo find an away goal. With the Serie A title all but wrapped up, Juve will be looking to go deep into this tournament again and a first leg away goal here will be the priority for Massimiliano Allegri.
Half-time score to be 0-0 – 11/8 with Betfair.
Griezmann to score anytime – 9/5 with Coral.
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