Real Madrid host Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final tie this week, with the Spanish giants holding a 3-0 advantage from the reverse fixture. Despite the reigning European champions being the firm favourites to make it through to the last four, Juventus will at least be hoping to make a game of it in the Spanish capital.
Champions League – Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid – Wednesday 11th April – 19:45 UK Time
Real Madrid vs Juventus Match Preview
Zinedine Zidane will look to inspire another victory for Real Madrid when they take on his former club Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, with the Spanish giants the overwhelming favourites to reach the last four of the Champions League as a result of their convincing first leg victory. However, Juventus are a match for anyone on their day, meaning that many are expecting a much closer encounter this time around. As a result, those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off should be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with the home side.
Real Madrid Team News & Form
Real Madrid were held to a draw by rivals Atletico over the weekend, leaving them fourth in La Liga, some 15 points behind Barcelona. However, manager Zidane has seen his side save their best performances for the Champions League this season, with the Frenchman likely to name a strong starting eleven on Wednesday. Gareth Bale should return having been named on the bench in Italy last week, while the likes of Lucas Vasquez and Nacho are likely to miss out through injury.
Juventus Team News & Form
Juventus scored two late goals in order to defeat minnow Benevento in Serie A over the weekend, however manager Massimo Allegri knows that his side require a minor miracle in order to overcome Real Madrid and make the last four in Europe. Paulo Dybala will be absent for the visitors as a result of his red card during the first leg, while winger Federico Bernardeschi is their only injury concern ahead of kick-off.
Real Madrid vs Juventus Head to Head
Perhaps surprisingly, it is Juventus who have had the better of things when looking at their head-to-head record with Real Madrid. The duo have met on eleven occasions in the past, with Juventus having won five of such clashes, as well as registering to draws. However, Real Madrid famously came out on top by four goals to one in last year’s Champions League Final in Cardiff, before running out 3-0 winners in Turin last week.
Real Madrid vs Juventus Betting Odds and Predictions
Their status as the home team this week, along with their recent results in the Champions League, mean it is Real Madrid who are the favourites for victory with the majority of major online bookmakers. The Spanish side can be backed for victory at best odds of 8/13 with bookmaker William Hill, while those looking to bet on a success for Juventus can get a price of 9/2 on the same platform. Meanwhile, a draw between the two is available at odds of 17/5 with Paddy Power.
Top Real Madrid vs Juventus Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet both teams scoring during the 90 minutes this week, with odds of 8/13 available at Ladbrokes.