Juventus set to confirm home dominance against Real Madrid
Juventus picked up just two points from their first three Champions League Group B matches this term, leaving them in desperate need of a win at home to Real Madrid in gameweek four.
The Old Lady played out disappointing draws against Copenhagen and Galatasaray in their first two group games before going down 2-1 at the Bernabeu last time out.
Anything less than three points against Carlo Ancelotti’s side will leave the Italian giants facing an uphill struggle to reach the last 16.
Antonio Conte’s Serie A champions still have to travel to the Turk Telecom Arena to face Gala, who can put their closest Group B competitors under further pressure with a win in Denmark against Stale Solbakken’s men.
Los Blancos have picked up all nine points available to them so far from their trio of group matches, but they have lost on each of the four occasions they have visited Juventus in the Champions League era.
A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty was all that separated these teams at the Bernabeu and the hosts can turn the tables in this fixture by grabbing the three points they so desperately need at odds of 11/8.
Conte’s side have been formidable at the Juventus Stadium this season, winning all five of their home Serie A fixtures.
The only blot on their hosting copybook so far in 2013/14 is the 2-2 draw against Roberto Mancini’s Turkish champions and they have won their last two Serie A matches on their own turf to nil.
That level of dominance doesn’t quite look on the cards with Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and co in town.
Both teams have scored in each of Los Merengues’ last four games in all competitions and coach Ancelotti could not hide his anger after Real almost let a three-goal lead slip in their 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano last time out in La Liga.
It’s 4/9 that both teams score in Turin, but a good way to boost your Bianconeri win bet could be to back both teams to score and Juventus to win at 16/5.
Ronaldo takes a lot out of the market at 7/2 to score the game’s opening goal, but the Portuguese has not broken the deadlock in an away Champions League match since his side’s 3-2 loss against Galatasaray in last season’s quarter-final second-leg.
With so much attacking talent on show here that is too short a price and Spaniard Fernando Llorente is the value pick at 6/1 to open the scoring for the hosts.
The former Athletic Bilbao striker marked his return home with a goal in the Spanish capital last time out in this competition.
Llorente was linked with a loan move away from Serie A after struggling to nail down a place in the Juventus starting lineup, following his free transfer from the Basque’s over the summer.
However, the 28-year-old has played at least some part in all of his new club’s last seven games and can strike first in Turin if handed a second Champions League start in a row.