Champions League: Juve out for revenge against stop-start Barcelona

Published by on April 10, 2017

Juventus vs Barcelona

Barcelona are the favourites for the whole competition at 5/2, with Juventus only an outside chance at 10/1 with SkyBet. Nevertheless, the Blaugrana only scraped into the last eight with their dramatic win against PSG.

They certainly can’t afford another performance like the first leg in Paris, which they lost 4-0. Juventus should feel confident, however, after Barca’s shock defeat to Malaga at the weekend. Luis Enrique should probably be focusing on Europe now with the La Liga title looking increasingly unlikely, but his side will be coming up against an Old Lady out for revenge of the 2015 final.

The Bianconeri have won just one of their last three in all competitions, but they still look unshakeable at the top of Serie A. Of their last seven meetings with the Catalans, Juve have won two, drawn two, and lost three.

Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco

This game might well suffer for viewers because of Juve’s clash with Barca taking place at the same time. There should be plenty of young talent on display, though, as two of Europe’s most promising starlets – Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe – go up against each other.

The man for the big occasions remains Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who’s at 11/4 to score first against his old club. For Monaco, Radamel Falcao is at 6/4 just to score in 90 minutes, which is surprising given the brilliant season he’s having. The Colombian has scored 23 goals for the perpetually underrated Monaco, and they’ll be out to prove yet again that they shouldn’t be written off.

The two sides have never played against each other, but Monaco will be more looking forward to the second leg, as they’re unbeaten at home in all of their last six European games.