The battle lines are ready. The best in Europe gear themselves for yet another marquee contest. Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid and FC Monaco vs Juventus. Football will be mouth-watering. The odds for online betting at 12BET are even more attractive. The contests between Real and Atletico are well known and well-documented. There will be scrappy fight, but occasional goals. Monaco vs Juventus will be more interesting. Monaco have been raining goals this season. But Juventus defense looks impregnable, even against Barcelona. Can Monaco do what Barca could not?
Draws have been a frequent occurring in the recent history of the Madrid Derby. Real Madrid have managed to edge out Atletico in most of the recent Champions League encounters. They will be without the injured Gareth Bale. Still, they have a galaxy of stars to call up from. Atletico too have injury worries. Juanfram is the major one. He may not play in the match.
Prediction: There are no secrets between these teams. Atletico will be happy to sit back and let Real Madrid have all the possession. They will be looking forward to catching them in quick counters. A draw is a realistic result for the first leg.
Monaco have a terrific attack. They have scored close to 150 goals in all competitions this season. Veteran Radamel Falcao and the 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe have combined to create a cloud burst of goals for the French side. But Juventus will be a real tough test for them. Juventus defence – goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leo Bonucci – calmly handled the likes of Lionel Messi and Lewis Suarez in their last Champions League outing. So Falcao and Mbappe have to perform better than Messi and Suarez. An interesting trivia here: Mbappe was not born when Buffon made his Champions League debut.
Prediction: This is going to be a battle between Monaco’s attack and Juventus defence. Monaco play an attacking game, leaving their defences open. Juventus are good enough to exploit such lapses. Juventus to score a narrow win.