Juventus will host Atletico Madrid in Turin as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg match.
Atletico hold the advantage, but the contest is far from over. Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez scored the goals at the Wanda Metropolitano two weeks ago to give Diego Simeone’s side a 2-0 win. Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus were relatively quiet on the night, and they will look for a better performance on Tuesday.
Juventus played Udinese at the weekend, but Massimiliano Allegri put out a relatively weak squad with this clash in mind. The attacking trio of Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, and Mario Mandzukic were all benched, and youngster Moise Kean was given a start. Defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci also started the game on the bench, but Juve clinched a comfortable 4-1 victory nonetheless. They lead the Serie A by 18 points, which makes the Champions League tie all the more crucial.
Atletico also warmed up with a win, as they defeated Leganes 1-0 to remain second in the La Liga. Saul Niguez got the solitary goal, and Simeone also rotated his side. Antoine Griezmann played for one half only, and Niguez and Thomas Lemar started the game on the bench.
The Bianconeri have been formidable at home this season, and they are yet to taste defeat at home in the league this season. Allegri’s side reached the Champions League final in 2017, when they came up short against Real Madrid. Last season they were knocked out by Ronaldo’s penalty for Real after they staged a credible comeback from a 0-2 deficit.
This season has seen one comeback from a 2-0 deficit already. Manchester United came back down from a similar scoreline to beat PSG, and Juventus will hope to emulate them. They will be without Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira, as both of them are unavailable. Douglas Costa is a doubt as well, but Miralem Pjanic should return from a domestic suspension to start.
Simeone’s side have won their last five games, and even a draw would do for them. Diego Costa and Lucas Hernandez are out for Atleti, and Filipe Luis is a doubt as well. Griezmann and Alvaro Morata will be expected to lead the line.
Atleti are bound to defend compactly, and it is something they do quite well. They have conceded 17 goals in 27 league games this season, which is an incredible number. Simeone will adopt a similar approach in Turin, and the likes of Koke and Thomas Partey could play as auxiliary wingers.
Juventus vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Juventus will dominate the ball, but carving out clear-cut chances will not come as easy. Allegri could change his formation to provide more attacking thrust, and Federico Bernardeschi may start the game in place of an extra midfielder. The onus will be on Ronaldo to provide another Champions League moment to remember. His record against Atletico is impressive from his time in Madrid, and the Portuguese has scored 22 goals against them.
Atletico’s defence is well-drilled, and it should do the job in Turin. Juventus will pile the pressure on, but an away goal for Atleti on the counter could effectively end the tie. The stage is set for an enthralling Champions League tie.
The outcome of the match is unpredictable as both sides have the potential to win this game but considering the past performances and scoring abilities we predict both teams will score at-least one goal.