Italian champions Juventus host Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Juve is looking to reach their first final since 2003 while Real Madrid tries to become the first team with back to back titles!
- Match: Juventus Torino v Real Madrid
- Date: 5. May 2015
- Kick-off: 20:45
- Venue: Juventus Stadium
- Referee: Martin Atkinson (UK)
Juve scecured its fourth straight Scudetto last weekend and will be full of confidence when hosting the Merengues.
Massimiliano Allegris team overcome AS Monaco with a single goal. The old lady won at Juventus Stadium 1 – 0. In Monaco they reduced their efforts to defend a goalless draw.
The Italian side will build on its fantastic home form. They are unbeaten in 12 home matches in all UEFA competitions.
The hosts will be without midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been sidelined since March with a hamstring injury.
Last matches Juventus:
Sat 18/04/15 SEA Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio
Wed 22/04/15 UCL Monaco 0 – 0 Juventus
Sun 26/04/15 SEA Torino 2 – 1 Juventus
Wed 29/04/15 SEA Juventus 3 – 2 Fiorentina
Sat 02/05/15 SEA Sampdoria 0 – 1 Juventus
Real Madrid facts:
Iker Casillas & Co. have not conceded an away goal in 444 minutes in this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Los Merengues have won 8 of their last 11 away games in the competition. During the group stage Real has won all three away matches.
Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrão and world champion Toni Kroos will incur a suspension with their next booking.
Brazilian full back Marcelo makes his return, after serving a one-match ban against Atletico Madrid.
Last matches Real Madrid:
Sat 18/04/15 PRD Real Madrid 3 – 1 Malaga
Wed 22/04/15 UCL Real Madrid 1 – 0 Atletico Madrid
Sun 26/04/15 PRD Celta Vigo 2 – 4 Real Madrid
Wed 29/04/15 PRD Real Madrid 3 – 0 Almería
Sat 02/05/15 PRD Sevilla 2 – 3 Real Madrid
Prediction Juventus vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid has the more talented side while Juventus has the advantage of playing at home. Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. will be a permanent threat for Juves defence. Thus the Italians will have problems during the build up play and it’s talented attack around Carlos Tevez will suffer.
As first leg games are traditionally more cagey affairs our prediction here is a draw.
Draw 9/4 @ bet365