Champions League Match Preview: Real Madrid vs. Juventus

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Updated: October 18, 2013
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Match Date: 23 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

 

Real Madrid

If not for the 84th minute strike by Umut Bulut of Galatasaray, Real Madrid would have finished their first two Champions League (group stage) fixtures in clean sheets. Nevertheless, the Spanish side have proven themselves to be in their best wheelhouse after earning a staggering ten-goal sweep at the tournament’s opening matches. This apparently hails them as UEFA Broup B’s top players, garnishing the top of their cake with a sweet score of six points. Cristiano Ronaldo is the troupe’s best scorer so far, but Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema are also showing promising stunts. In La Liga, Los Blancos are likewise performing really well. Most of their fixtures finished in impressive victories, with just one draw and one loss incurred from eight meetings.

 

Juventus

Italy’s domestic league defending champions and football betting favorites vaunt a talented brood of players, but their supposedly impressive façade has not been fully seen in the Champions League group stage. The side have only drawn in their first two combats, earning them just two points to rank second in the table. Jorgensen of Copenhagen opened the scoring in the curtain raiser, but his goal was later cancelled out after Juve’s Quagliarella unleashed a 54th minute equalizer. The Italian side’s second fixture saw them to be a little meek at the start of the session; but soon after, they were recharged of a wise tactic after Vidal and Quagliarella delivered one goal apiece in just nine minutes (between the 78th and 87th minutes). However, following a successful opener by Drogba, fellow Galatasaray player Bulut netted a late goal and ultimately sealed the match in a stalemate.

 

Champions League betting tip: Based on current team form alone, Real Madrid have the greater advantage of dominating this match than Juventus. However, when the side’s last four meetings (which have been four to eight years ago) will be taken into account, the Italians were more successful than their Iberian opponents. Nonetheless, the squads’ most recent performances would matter more in determining the outcome of this tourney. A 3-2 final tally could crown this fixture, with the triumph going to the home side.

 

Real Madrid | Image source: haveeru.com