Bayern Munich have dominated Juventus over the last few meetings, but they might not have it as easy this Tuesday, when they meet in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, at Juventus Stadium at 19:45.
The Bavarians enter to this match with three victories in a row over the Old Lady. However, Juventus surpassed many hurdles last season by getting to the final, and their confidence level is a slightly different than when they met with Bayern Munich for the last time in 2013.
Juventus saw their 14-game winning streak cut by a 0-0 draw against Bologna last Friday. This is by far the best moment of the season for the Bianconeri, and they need to prove it against the Germans.
Juve knows their usual effort won’t cut it against a team like Bayern. They need attention on defense, aggressiveness on offense and a rocking stadium.
“I’m sure that we can pull off a great result, but we’ll require everyone to play their part,” Juventus defender Patrick Evra said to Sky Italia. “We’ll need Juventus Stadium to be bouncing and everyone giving off positive vibes. It’s important to play with intelligence, personality, respect and be fearless in our approach.
The Juventus v Bayern Munich UCL Betting odds rated the home team as the underdog, paying 3.05 for their win. Munich are the favorites paying 2.53 despite playing away from home. Their draw is at 2.98.
In Germany, Bayern are as dominant as Juventus are in Italy. The problem for both is they haven’t shown that in Europe. Munich are missing the Champions League title with Pep Guardiola as the manager, and Juventus haven’t won this Cup since 1996.
For this match, in particular, Juventus have the upper hand if they decide to play the long ball. Bayern Munich will miss defenders Holger Badstuber because of a fractured an ankle suffered in training last week. Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng won’t be around long-term by knee and groin injuries, respectively.
“Every team in the world is stronger in the header than we are. It’s not an ideal situation,” complained coach Pep Guardiola to the Sun Daily ahead of next Tuesday’s Champions League clash in Turin.
“They are all strong in the tackle, dedicated, fast and have everything you need, maybe except the size of a classic central defender,” added the Germany forward Thomas Muller.
Bayern have won the last two matches against Juventus with a 2-0 score. They have visited Juventus Stadium twice, winning 1-4 in 2009 and 0-2 in 2013.
The problem on betting Bayern is you won’t be considering how well Juventus have been playing lately. Bet the draw.