Champions League: Juve to block out free-scoring Monaco again

Published by on May 8, 2017

Juventus and Real Madrid each have a foot in the Champions League final after their respective first legs against Monaco and Atletico.

The task now is to finish the job and both sides will be confident of avoiding defeat in 90 minutes in the second legs.

Torino are the only Serie A side to have taken so much as a point from Juventus at home, so Monaco won’t fancy their chances at 9/2. Their hyper-attacking didn’t faze Leonardo Bonucci or Giorgio Chiellini at the Stade Louis II, and the chance of them bagging even one away goal seems slim.

Even Kylian Mbappe is at 11/4 to score, whereas Gonzalo Higuain is at evens to find the back of the net. The Argentine has a tendency to go quiet in the big games, but with the pressure off against the Ligue 1 leaders,

Few will be expecting a goal fest in Turin as the Old Lady simply need to get over the line. Likewise, the last ever Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon to go under 2.5 goals looks good value at evens.

Even if they can’t reasonably hope to overturn a three-goal deficit from the Bernabeu, Diego Simeone’s men will be desperate to avoid defeat against their rivals for the sake of the supporters. They will have to contend with Cristiano Ronaldo, though, who is incredible form in the competition, scoring hat-tricks in his last two European games. The Portuguese is at 7/2 as first goalscorer, and as much as Real must be concentrating on the title race, it’s hard to see them slipping up too badly against Atleti.