Juventus vs Real Madrid, the replay of last season’s Champions League Final, this time in the Champions League quarterfinal 1st leg match-up. This post includes match preview, line up’s(updated later), statistics and best odds for the match.
Juventus vs Real Madrid, this match up gets you excited even if you don’t happen to be a fan of either side. It’s one of the most commonly played matches on European scale, it also sets up two European heavyweights. Last time the teams met, was in the Cardiff Champions League final, of which Real Madrid won 4-1.
How do the teams come into the match? Well, for Real Madrid this is essentially the only chance to bring in some silverware for this season, other than two super cup’s and club world cup. The title fight in La Liga has been over for good 4 months now, for Real Madrid anyway. They were also eliminated early from the Copa Del Rey, meaning it’s either 3rd successive Champions League title in a row or nothing.
Juventus on the other hand has everything left to play for, on Saturday they came out with 3-1 victory from Juventus vs Milan. To make it that much better, few hours earlier their only competitor for the Scudetto, Napoli, were held to a draw against lowly Sassuolo. They now hold a 4 point gap with 8 matches left to play in Serie A. Juventus are also in the Coppa Italia final, in which they face AC Milan once more. Essentially, Juventus are chasing a treble. And their biggest obstacle for that feat comes in form of Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.
In my opinion Juventus vs Real Madrid has a firm favourite, in Real Madrid. For few reason’s; Real Madrid are finally hitting form, their season has been pretty disastrous so far, but ever since annihilating PSG in the round of 16 they have played well, really well at times. Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the peak form just in time as well, he arguably had the worst 1st half of the season since playing for Sporting in Portugal, some 15 years ago. But he has since returned back to his free-scoring rhythm, in fact 2 weeks ago he already was back to the best goalscorer in Europe for the season. This is bad news for Gigi Buffon and Juventus.
Then again, the last team to eliminate Real Madrid from Champions League? That’s right, Juventus. In 2015, Juventus eliminated Real Madrid from Champions League in the semifinal stage. In 4 years, the only team to do so. The core of players are pretty much the same on both teams as it was back then. So in the end, the form of the day is what matters the most, not the names on back of the shirt. Statistically this match-up is pretty even, but more about the statistics below.
One thing in this Juventus vs Real Madrid tie that gets my sympathies going for Juventus, despite my heart being 100% on Real Madrid side; Is that this could well be Gigi Buffon’s last attempt at winning the Champions League. He has come so close to winning it 2 times in the last 3 seasons, losing both times. He’s one of those players, that you can’t but love. His antics when he makes a big save are just amazing
Juventus v Real Madrid line-up’s and best bits of the prematch press-conferense(will be updated when available).
Juventus vs Real Madrid statistics and best odds
- This will be the 20th UEFA competition match between the teams.
- Previous UEFA competition H2H statistics; 19 matches of which Juventus has won 8, Real Madrid 9 and 2 of the matches has ended as a draw.
- Juventus and Real Madrid has faced each other twice before in Quarterfinal stage, both winning once. Real Madrid won in 1962, Juventus won in 1996.
- Juventus record vs Spanish opponents in UEFA competitions; 56 matches of which they have won 19, lost 22 and 15 of the matches has ended as a draw.
- Juventus Home record in UEFA competitions vs Spanish opponent after 26 matches is 15W, 9D, 2L.
- Juventus record in two-legged ties vs Spanish opponent from previous 15 ties is 9W, 6L.
- This is the 18th European Cup/Champions League quarterfinal appearance for Juventus, their record from the previous 17 is; 12W, 5L.
- Juventus has won LAST FOUR two-legged ties vs Real Madrid. Also being the only team to eliminate Real Madrid from Champions League in 4 years.
- Real Madrid record vs Italian teams in UEFA competitions; 70 matches of which they have won 34, lost 25 and 11 of the matches has ended as a draw.
- Real Madrid away record in UEFA competitions vs Italian team after 34 matches is 6W, 8D, 18L.
- Real Madrid record in two-legged ties vs Italian opponent from previous 21 ties is 12W, 9L.
- This is the 35th European Cup/Champions League quarterfinal appearance for Real Madrid(competition high), their record of the previous 34 is; 28W, 6L.
- Real Madrid has lost just 2 of their last 27 Champions League fixtures, winning 19 and drawing 6 times.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of the 5 matches Real Madrid has played against Juventus, scoring 7 goals in those 5 matches.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League top scorer again this season, with 12 goals in 8 matches. He has scored in every Champions League match this season(record).
- Juventus vs Real Madrid kick-off 19.45 on Tuesday 3rd of April. The 2nd leg in Madrid will be played on Wednesday 11th of April.
Juventus vs Real Madrid odds
- Betsson odds: Juventus 2.90, draw 3.20, Real Madrid 2.65
- NordicBet odds: Juventus 2.90, draw 3.20, Real Madrid 2.65
- Unibet odds: Juventus 2.85, draw 3.25, Real Madrid 2.55
- William Hill odds: Juventus 2.75, draw 3.20, Real Madrid 2.60
At the time of writing(Saturday 23.00), best odds for Juventus and Real Madrid victories are offered by Betsson and Nordicbet, where as the best odds for a draw are offered by Unibet. I try to keep the odds updated as much as possible.
Juventus vs Real Madrid on paper should be the most interesting match-up of all the Champions League quarterfinal’s. But all of the 3 others are very interesting as well, especially Liverpool vs Manchester City which is being played on Wednesday, and a match preview of that match will be posted tomorrow. I actually dislike this stage of the competition very much, because all of the 4 matches are definitely worth watching, but you can only watch 2. There’s no point in watching matches when you know the result already.