Atlético Madrid vs Juventus betting tips: UEFA Champions League last 16 preview and predictions

Atlético vs Juventus prediction: Atlético 0-0 Juventus

Will it finally be Atlético or Juve’s year?

Los Colchoneros were beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016.

The Old Lady got within touching distance of glory in 2015 and 2017.

However, one of these European heavyweights will crash out in the round of 16.

It’s going to be fascinating finding out who.

MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 08: Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atlético de Madrid and Deportivo Alavés at Wanda Metropolitano on December 8, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Atlético Madrid vs Juventus: Who will win?

This is a very difficult game to call.

Atlético are 7/4 to win this one.

However, Juve are also 7/4 to take an advantage back to Allianz Stadium.

A draw is 2/1.

This game will be fascinating if not full of goals.

Under 2.5 goals is 1/2 and both teams to score no is 8/11.

A goalless draw is 6/1.

TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 16: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

There may be two world class defences on display but there’s also a plethora of attacking talent.

Antoine Griezmann has 18 goals to his name this season and is 4/1 to score first and 7/4 to net anytime.

At the other end, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 22 career goals against Atlético. He’s 3/1 to score first and 7/5 to net anytime.

Both Griezmann and Ronaldo to score is 13/2.

Atlético Madrid vs Juventus: Match preview

Will Atleti finally be crowned European champions?

Los Rojiblancos have been losing finalists in 1974, 2014 and 2016 but, after winning the UEFA Europa League last season, they believe that this is their year.

In the group stages, a shock 4-0 defeat at Westfalenstadion to Borussia Dortmund meant that they finished second behind the Germans on head to head.

In La Liga, they’re a long way behind Barcelona.

They did beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 on Saturday but prior to that it was back to back defeats to Real Betis and Real Madrid.

They’re currently 8 points behind the league leaders and it looks unlikely that they’ll catch them.

So, the Champions League looks like their best chance at adding more silverware, to add to the UEFA Super Cup, but can they knock out Juventus?

Jan Oblak

TALLINN, ESTONIA – AUGUST 15: Jan Oblak of Atlético holds the ball during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on August 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

A sixth Champions League for Ronaldo?

As for Juve, they’re desperate to end their 23-year wait to be crowned king of Europe.

Since last winning it in 1996, they’ve lost in the final a staggering 5 times and have lost 7 of the 9 finals they’ve been in over all.

But, that’s why Cristiano Ronaldo was brought to the club so will CR7 and his team deliver.

Despite comfortably winning Group H, they did lose 2 of their 6 matches.

They were beaten 2-1 at home by Manchester United and then 2-1 in Bern by Young Boys.

The only other game they’ve lost this season was in the Coppa Italia, 3-0 at Atalanta, so it won’t be another domestic double for them.

However, in Serie A, their form has been as imperious as ever.

Their league record this season is: 21 wins, 3 draws, 0 defeats.

That includes Friday’s 3-0 win over Frosinone which leaves them 13 points clear of second place Napoli.

It looks a certainty that it’ll be 8-in-a-row but will they finally get their hands on the biggest title of all?

Atlético Madrid team news vs Juventus

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 10: Diego Godín of Atlético de Madrid celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atlético de Madrid and Athletic Club at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on November 10, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Diego Simeone’s side rarely changes.

He may only have a core squad of 18 players but he does have some decisions to make.

Not in goal though.

Slovenian number 1 Jan Oblak has kept a staggering 108 clean sheets in 193 Atleti games.

In defence, Santiago Arias has now established himself as the first choice right-back ahead of Juanfran.

On the other side, Filipe Luís will start as Lucas Hernández has a knee injury.

It’ll be the two Uruguayans, Diego Godín and José María Giménez, at the heart of the defence as Stefan Savić has struggled for form this season.

In midfield, Thomas Partey was suspended for the Rayo game on Saturday but will come back into the team.

Saúl Ñíguez is expected to be pushed out wide with Vitolo dropping out.

Koke has a muscle injury but could be back for the second leg.

Thomas Lemar will once again be on the bench.

Up front, it will be top scorer Antoine Griezmann and one other.

Álvaro Morata has started all 3 games since joining from Chelsea but Diego Costa is now fit again.

Morata might just get the nod against his old side of course.

There is no doubt that this is a strong team but will it be too strong for Juve?

Juventus team news vs Atlético Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Juventus at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on February 10, 2019 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

As for La Vecchia Signora, their XI also has a solid look to it.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny has kept 15 clean sheets in 27 appearances this season.

At centre-back they had a crisis just a few weeks ago but the key men are returning just at the right time.

Medhi Benatia joined Qatari champions Al-Duhail in January.

Both Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci returned to the XI on Friday and will once again start as a pair.

In the last couple of months, Mattia De Sciglio has established himself as the first choice right-back ahead of João Cancelo.

In midfield, Emre Can and Sami Khedira both got rare starts against Frosinone on Friday.

However, Rodrigo Bentancur, Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanić is very much the first choice trio.

Both Khedira and Douglas Costa have been ruled out of this match.

Up front, it’ll be a game against his old club for Mario Mandžukić.

He’ll be flanked by two megastars; Ronaldo and Dybala.

The latter scored 5 goals in the group stages including the winner at Old Trafford.

Juan Cuadrado will not feature; he has a knee injury.

Will Massimiliano Allegri’s side be returning to the Wanda Metropolitano for May’s final?

Predicted Atlético Madrid team vs Juventus

Predicted Atlético Madrid line-up vs Juventus.

Predicted Juventus team vs Atlético Madrid

Predicted Juventus line-up vs Atlético Madrid.

The latest tweets from Atlético Madrid pre Juventus

The latest tweets from Juventus pre Atlético Madrid

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