Juventus and Dortmund renew Champions League rivalry
When they last met, Borussia Dortmund embarrassed Juventus of the Zinedine Zidane, Christian Vieri, Didier Deschamps and Alessandro Del Piero vintage. A repeat scoreline from the 1997 Champions League final, 3-1 to the Bundesliga boys, is a remote prospect at 40/1 with Coral in Turin, however.
Over two legs, Juve have never lost a tie to Dortmund. Couple that with the Old Lady topping Serie A and their German visitors being in mid-table, and it’s easy to see why Massimiliano Allegri’s side are odds-on 5/6 favourites to advance.
Punters should note Dortmund are even-money to make the quarter-finals, though make for 11/4 outsiders to take a lead back to the Westfalenstadion for the second leg.
Juventus, who are unbeaten at home across all competitions this term, feature in a Coral matchday special of 4/1 for victory with both teams being on target. There is a maximum stake of £20 on this enhanced bet.
In competitive appearances, namely not counting a penalty shoot-out loss to Napoli in the Italian Super Cup, Juve boast a 20-match run without defeat. This makes for a tall order for Dortmund to win in Turin, but the recent loyalty shown by star player Marco Reus is touching.
If Jurgen Klopp’s men are to have any hope of upsetting the Italian giants away, then they will need big performances from Reus and other forwards. Having signed a new contract with Dortmund, Reus has netted in each of his last three outings, so it’s no surprise they’ve experienced a domestic revival, and on both occasions he’s turned out in the Champions League this term.
Based on that, Reus is hugely tempting at 11/4 in the anytime market. Gabon attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meanwhile, has four in his last going into this one, and is 15/8 to score once more.
Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile faces his former club here, and never made the great at Juventus, but excited across town at Turin rivals Torino. He’s saved his best form for Europe’s elite club competition with four goals in five appearances, and is 13/2 to strike first.
A familiar face to Premier League fans in Carlos Tevez should spearhead Juve’s attack. He leads Serie A’s scoring charts this season with 14, and has netted three times in Europe. Back Tevez, then, at 6/4 in the anytime market, or 11/2 to grab the opener.
Vying to partner Tevez up top are Spanish strikers Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata. Both are equal 7/4 anytime scorer chances after doing so in their previous starts.
Allegri could do with more goals from midfield, though, and Andrea Pirlo is clinical from dead balls. The Juventus playmaker continues to chip in, and is 7/2 in the anytime market. Paul Pogba, meanwhile, is the Old Lady’s brightest prospect, and is 5/1 to net anytime.
If the Champions League group stage was anything to go by, then this elite European club competition is a leveller. Forget about domestic form as Juve struggled to reach the knockout phase and Dortmund delivered in continental action to qualify with ease. A draw at 9/4 is thus very appealing.