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Champions League Final: Familiar territory for both Italy and Spain
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Champions League Final: Familiar territory for both Italy and Spain

The 97/98 Champions League final saw Italian champions Juventus face Real Madrid, who’d recently finished a surprisingly low 4th in La Liga. After all the usual hype, a packed Amsterdam Arena witnessed the pair play out something of a disappointing cat and mouse encounter which saw the Spaniards come out on top by a single goal courtesy of Yugoslavian born striker Predrag Mijatović. Fast forward 19 years and, this time at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, these two giants of the game meet again in Europe’s biggest game. This may be the first time since 1998 that this particular pair have met…

Champions League Final Betting Tips: Defensive stats point to the Italians ahead of Cardiff clash
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Champions League Final Betting Tips: Defensive stats point to the Italians ahead of Cardiff clash

Another mouth-watering Champions League final is nearly upon us and this time it is two recent domestic title winners in Juventus and Real Madrid who’ll be going head-to-head at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff for the right to get their hands on club football’s most coveted prize. By deploying contrasting tactics, these two giants of the European game have overcome all challengers, but who will put in the better jump at the last and get over the line in front on Saturday evening? Below is a basic statistical breakdown of each team’s performance in the competition so far: As we…

Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Tight game expected in Cardiff
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Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Tight game expected in Cardiff

When the Champions League started all the way back in July, we hoped for a final like this which sees two European giants in the form of Juventus and Real Madrid go head-to-head. This final represents a chance for Juventus to win their first ever treble after winning both the league and cup in Italy. They are in fantastic form going into this match in Cardiff having won their last three in all competitions. We all know that Massimiliano Allegri’s side pride themselves on their defensive solidity and it is no surprise that they conceded the fewest goals in Serie…

Juventus v Monaco Betting Tips: Italians to further cement their place in Cardiff
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Juventus v Monaco Betting Tips: Italians to further cement their place in Cardiff

As I predicted, Juventus recorded a relatively comfortable victory away at Monaco in the first leg of this Champions League semi-final and many expect them to progress through to the final on Tuesday. This sort of match is all about finding value in the market. Juventus may have only drawn their latest Serie A match against Turin rivals Torino at the weekend, however, they are still eight points clear at the top of the table and look like winning the league for the sixth consecutive year. Even against a free-scoring Monaco side, we saw how resilient Juve are at the…

Monaco v Juventus Betting Tips: Wily visitors can get the job done
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Monaco v Juventus Betting Tips: Wily visitors can get the job done

Most people would not have predicted that either of these two teams would be in the Champions League semi-finals if asked at the start of the season. However, their performances have more than earned them the right to be here. Out of these two sides, Monaco are certainly the biggest surprise package and their sensational form in Ligue 1 has transferred to Europe’s premier competition. They have won four out of their last five matches in all competitions. The sheer number of goals that Leanardo Jardim’s side have been scoring this season is absolutely incredible and is no doubt the…

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Tips: Lack of goals expected in Turin
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Juventus v Barcelona Betting Tips: Lack of goals expected in Turin

Unlike Tuesday’s other Champions League match, this meeting between two giants of the European game could be quite cagey. Juventus are unsurprisingly top of Serie A and managed to recover from a pretty nightmarish two matches against Napoli in the league and the cup, in which they failed to win, to record a routine 2-0 victory over Chievo at the weekend. Juve have always prided themselves on being a solid defensive unit and it is no surprise that they have the best Goals Against record in Italy with just 20 goals conceded in 31 games. Additionally, they have more clean…

Juventus v Porto Betting Tips: More of the same from hosts in Turin
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Juventus v Porto Betting Tips: More of the same from hosts in Turin

Having secured what is a commanding two-goal-lead in the away-leg, Juventus are well and truly in pole position to qualify from this tie. It’s unfortunate that Porto had to play with ten men for most of the first-leg – as a result, never really got the chance to put their best foot forward – but that’s how things panned out and the Portuguese outfit now look to have little chance of qualifying from this point. In front of a home crowd, Juventus are an extremely difficult side to get the better of and, with a two goal-cushion, it’s hard to…

Porto v Juventus Betting Tips: Cagey affair expected at Estádio do Dragão
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Porto v Juventus Betting Tips: Cagey affair expected at Estádio do Dragão

Juventus travel to take on Porto on Wednesday night – a match that, on the face of it, is probably a lot harder to call than most of the other quarter-final ties. Both teams come into this fixture having been in exceptional form in their own division recently and are likely to be confident. However, in contrast to some of last week’s high-scoring encounters, this match could be very tight indeed. Unlike many of the big clubs in this competition, Juventus aren’t known as the sort of team to go crazy in the goals department, especially in the big games.…

Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb Betting Tips
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Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb Betting Tips

Juventus may be top of Group H but their work is far from done. The Italian giants know that it’s down to them whether they win the group or not and, against a Dinamo Zagreb team who’ve failed to pick up a single point in the competition, this match provides them with the perfect opportunity to go through in style. From a betting point of view, siding with the hosts is the only way to play this one, and so the bet to be on is ‘Juventus to Win -2 Handicap’. The Old Lady have been in impressive scoring form of…

AC Milan v Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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AC Milan v Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

The narrative says that AC Milan’s season hinges on this, but their season, in fact, is already ruined. Winning here would of course be an achievement, but it wouldn’t do much to change the fact that they’ve been well below the expected standard this campaign. The pressure is really starting to mount on all of the players and on the owner Silvio Berlusconi as well. It’s a question of how well they can respond to this? Juve are the obvious favourites to win here and it looks highly likely that they will secure the double. Having said this, I think…

AC Milan v Juventus. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction
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AC Milan v Juventus. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction

In spite of being a great football classic, the odds on Juventus against AC Milan are quite staggering: cup in hands for the bianconeri is at 1.30. Absolutely incredible when we consider the prestige of the these two clubs, but quite normal looking at the abysmal gap between the two, and, sadly, such has been the demise of AC Milan in recent years. It is very hard to believe not only that AC Milan could win, but even that the rossoneri could push the side from Turin into extra-time. Given the season that Milan have had it’s quite remarkable that…

The Bookmaker Ratings vs WhoScored predictions battle: Round 7
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The Bookmaker Ratings vs WhoScored predictions battle: Round 7

Mark’s tip (in full here): Max Allegri’s men have proven unbeatable and invincible on domestic shores since October and with Gigi Buffon breaking clean sheet records, the Bianconeri have shipped just 16 goals across the campaign – comfortably the lowest tally in the division. Juventus have W13-D1-L0 in Serie A this calendar year by an aggregate score of 28-2. Saturday night’s visitors to the San Siro have kept their sheets clean in 11 of their past 12 league dates and scored at least twice in 10 of their previous 11 on the road. AC Milan marked the sad passing of club…

AC Milan – Juventus. Mark O’Haire’s prediction
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AC Milan – Juventus. Mark O’Haire’s prediction

Table-topping Juventus were given a large helping hand by title rivals Napoli last weekend as the Old Lady hunt a fifth successive Scudetto. Having laboured to a 1-0 success against Empoli on Saturday night, the Bianconeri had their feet up on Sunday, watching on as the Partenopei self-destructed in a 3-1 reverse at Udinese. Juventus now need to lose twice in their remaining seven matches to allow their rivals any opportunity to pull level. When you consider that the Turin titans have dropped a total of two points in their last 21 Serie A fixtures (W20-D1-L0), such a scenario starts…

Torino – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction
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Torino – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction

Juve are coming off that incredible, emotional defeat to Bayern over 120 minutes. That’s bound to have a knock-on effect. Plus, it’s a derby and, with Torino having little to play for, this is all their fans care about. The bookies evidently see this, because Juve aren’t the super-short favorites you’d expect them to be. Still, I think the play is the overs here which is quite attractive at 2.37 for over 2.5 goals Single: Won Torino - Juventus 20.03.2016 14:00 BST Serie A Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ Will the bet win? Voted 0 user Yes, it will 50%…

Bayern Munich – Juventus. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Bayern Munich – Juventus. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction (VIDEO)

It could’ve been more unlucky for Juventus if for example their plane would never leave Turin. Unbelievable: Allegri lost first Marchisio, then Dybala and then Mandzukic. Even If Mandzukic is recalled for the upcoming game it is mission impossible for Juventus at Allianz Arena. They will fight, but Guardiola’s Bayern Munich will unlikely show any mercy. There is a risk that the Bavarians will enjoy giving a lesson to the Italians. So we go for not only Bayern Munich to win – it is expected – but to win with at least two goals advantage. This is backed with a very good price…

Bayern Munich – Juventus. Mark O’Haire’s prediction
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Bayern Munich – Juventus. Mark O’Haire’s prediction

Bayern Munich will have been kicking themselves after throwing away a two-goal advantage in the first leg in Turin three weeks ago. Pep Guardiola’s men were in total control but a sloppy final half hour allowed Juventus to level the tie thanks to a stirring fightback. The balance of power still sits firmly in Bayern’s camp and I’d expect the Bavarians to show their teeth at the Allianz Arena. FC Hollywood tend to produce their most dominating performances in front of their home supporters and with nine wins on the spin in Champions League competition as hosts (by an aggregate…

Bayern Munich – Juventus. Laure James’ prediction
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Bayern Munich – Juventus. Laure James’ prediction

This has to be one of the most fascinating games of the week. Bayern Munich will be looking to finish the job at home, after letting Juventus hit back to draw 2-2. The Bianconeri will have the bigger fight on their hands, that’s clear, but Bayern Munich have been on formidable form in the Bundesliga, but there’s also a chance they could leak a goal or two. They’re still without Holgen Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez at the back, while Giorgio Chiellini is a doubt for Juventus. Both teams to score and Bayern to win is available with William Hill…

Bayern – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Bayern – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

The first leg that finished 2-2 was a very odd game. Bayern absolutely dominated for 60 minutes, flattening Juve in every area of the pitch. And in the last half an hour Juve stormed back. They scored two goals, made it 2-2. They really gave Bayern a fright. Pep Guardiola said as much after the game. Bayern are obviously a more complete team, but I think Juve match up pretty well. The price for Juve to win and draw at 2.45 is very attractive. UPD. Juve win or draw is now 2.70 with William Hill. Single: Won Bayern - Juventus 16.03.2016 19:45…

Inter Milan – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Inter Milan – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

This is the second leg of Coppa d’Italia. Juventus won the first one 3:0. Inter Milan are in absolute free fall right now, they were awful last Sunday night when they travelled to Turin and lost 0:2 in Serie A. I think there are no illusions here about the result of the return leg. Inter just want to avoid a defeat and to bring some segments of normality back. From Juve’s perspective, it’s time to take their leg off the gas a little bit. They have other challenges – in Serie A and in the Champions League, too. They got a big…

Inter Milan – Juventus. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction
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Inter Milan – Juventus. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction

After winning 3-0 in the first leg, there really isn’t any challenge for Juventus in playing the semifinal at San Siro vs Inter, which absolutely must restore a bit of pride. Bianconeri maybe will play more relaxed; that’s why in spite of not having any chance to turn around the result, Inter’s mood will still help to show an entertaining game. Also, Juve are expected to apply huge turnovers, which means more spaces for Inter that must show whatever reaction. So we go for both teams to score backed at 2.00. Single: Lost Inter Milan - Juventus 02.03.2016 19:45 BST Italian…

Juventus – Inter Milan. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction
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Juventus – Inter Milan. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction

The crazy pace of game versus Bayern has drained every drop of energy out of Juventus, but Inter are the best opponent to recover in time. It’s true, it’s still the Derby d’Italia and the most felt rivalry in all the country. But the Nerazzurri are currently afraid of their own shadow: it’s not even about the different quality of football, it’s a deeper issue of confidence, that push Inter to get worried even about Carpi, and Juventus to come back after 2 goals versus Bayern. It was undoubtedly demanding what Juve did, so they won’t be brilliant – actually, they…

Juventus – Bayern Munich. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Juventus – Bayern Munich. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Just after the Champions League draw, I was asked about the favourite of this pair. So I’ve picked Bayern Munich. Now they are still my first choice but it’s not so obvious. The balance of powers are different now. Juventus improved their form being in winning streak of 15 games. They lost points just in the last game against Bologna. But I guess, they had in mind the upcoming game against Bayern Munich. I don’t expect a lot of goals here. Juventus are able to defend carefully. Their matches vs AC Milan, Napoli and AS Roma proved that. But they…

Arsenal – Barcelona. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction
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Arsenal – Barcelona. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction

I think Barca are way too short here. Yes, they’re a far better side and they’re the favorites to go through. But we’re entering the stage of the season where they need to pace themselves, they’ve played an absurd amount of football, more than anyone in Europe and many key players have logged a lot of minutes.  I see them viewing this a tie over 180 minutes and not necessarily looking to kill it straight away.  Arsenal’s weaknesses are evident, but they don’t match up badly against Barca.  Taking Arsenal to win or draw at 2.05 with William Hill looks…

Juventus – Bayern Munich. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction
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Juventus – Bayern Munich. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction

Juventus are the underdogs at home which seems excessive to me.  Yes, Giorgio Chiellini is out, but they haven’t actually lost at home since opening day. What’s more, Bayern have a number of absentees at the back: from Javi Martinez to Mehdi Benatia to Holger Badstuber and above all, Jerome Boateng. And while they’ve rattled off a string of great results, they haven’t actually looked that devastating since the break. Backing Juventus at 2.80 with William Hill is a decent price. Single: Lost Juventus - Bayern Munich 23.02.2016 19:45 BST Champions League Bet: Juventus to win @ Will the bet…

Juventus – Napoli. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Juventus – Napoli. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

Juventus won 14 games in a row and if they defeat Napoli they’ll go to the top of the league which is huge for them. Napoli are at their full strength and Juve have one serious absence at the back – it’s Giorgio Chiellini. It is more sensible that the absence of Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic who are touch and go. With Chiellini we can expect a tight game, without him I think there is value in the “overs”. Over 2.5 goals at 2.50 with William Hill. Single: Lost Juventus - Napoli 13.02.2016 19:45 BST Serie A Bet: Total match goals…

Juventus – Napoli. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Juventus – Napoli. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction (VIDEO)

The injury of Giorgio Chiellini changed the plans for Massimiliano Allegri: now he must switch from three men in the defence line to four. This is a big difference because four at the back is exactly the type of tactics that Juventus don’t like. They pushed for changing that and after the open streak of 14 consecutive wins came. Juventus was in a slightly better mood than Napoli approaching this game. We’re talking about five stars and six stars excellence, but maybe this advantage they have vanished with Chiellini’s absence. So we go for a draw at 3.20 with William Hill.…

Chievo Verona – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction
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Chievo Verona – Juventus. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction

Juventus have won nine straight in all competitions, 11 straight in Serie A and are heavily favoured against Chievo. Still, that streak has to come to an end at some point and you wonder if maybe Juve aren’t looking past Chievo at Genoa, who they face in midweek. Moreover, Evra and Manduzkic are both likely to miss out. Chievo to win or draw is 2.20 with William Hill, but you can secure your bet even more by taking Chievo +1.5 with Bet 365 at 1.48 Single: Lost Chievo Verona - Juventus 31.01.2016 11:30 BST Serie A Bet: Double chance -…

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