Another strong match-up in the Champions League comes from Group D, where Atletico Madrid will host Juventus on Wednesday. Atletico Madrid are coming off a loss but that was their first of the season. Their minds were probably in the upcoming match against the Italian giants. Juventus also failed to win in their last match, as they played for a blank draw against Fiorentina.
Date/Time: 8-19-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Juventus +0.25
Total: 2 Goals
Atletico Madrid are embarking on their tenth Champions League campaign this season. And they have managed to reach the knock-out stages in seven of their last nine attempts. Atletico Madrid have been great against Italian visitors lately, winning each of the last six. They scored 14 goals in the process and conceded just once. Losing in Turin against Juventus last season put an end to their ten-match undefeated streak against Italian sides (8-0-2). They have won their last nine European home matches, and have lost just one of their last 22 (18-1-3). Atletico Madrid are really successful in both European competitions. They have reached two Champions League finals and three Europa League finals in the last decade.
On the other hand, Juventus captured the Serie A title for the eighth consecutive time last season. This will be their 20th Champions League campaign, and they have reached at least the round of 16 in the previous 19 times. But Juventus have not won in any of their last three European matches on the road (0-2-1). Prior to that they were undefeated in five. When it comes to Spanish opposition, Juventus have won four of their last five matches. But they have won just three of their last ten matches on Spanish soil, with their overall record standing at 6-17-6. Juventus have reached the Champions League final on nine occasions, losing seven in the process, a competition record. Moreover, they have lost in each of their last five such attempts.
The two teams met in the round of 16 of the competition last season. Atletico Madrid beat Juventus by 0-2 at home in the first leg. But Cristiano Ronaldo went berserk in the second leg in Turin, scoring a hat-trick that saw Juventus through to the quarter-finals. The two teams had also met in the 2014/15 group stage, where Atletico Madrid won by 0-1 at home before a goal-less draw in Turin. Now the Over/Under line is at 2 goals, and Atletico Madrid are not the defensive stalwart they used to be. I am taking the Over 2 Goals here.
Champions League Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Prediction: Over 2 Goals (-113)
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