Juve defence to frustrate Monaco
Frank Monkhouse | 3 May 2017
Passionate locals vs miserly visitors
Punters know exactly what they are getting with Monaco in this season’s Champions League. The French cracks admit that they are not the most talented name in the field, but they have progressed to the final four by putting an emphasis on attack.
Adopting the score-one-more-than-you policy has won them friends across the board this season, and they squeezed past Man City courtesy of the away goal rule, having finished 6-6 on aggregate. That was followed in the quarter-finals with a 6-3 cheer vs Borussia Dortmund, capped with a 3-1 win over the Germans at this venue last month.
Monaco aiming to shoot down opponents
When placing that next to the 3-0 win of Juventus over Barcelona last time, goals looks a confident call in this one. Clicking yes in the both teams to score coupon will net you a tempting 7/10 when playing at Coral, and that can be slipped in to your midweek accumulators to boost up returns.
The red and whites warmed up for this clash with a 3-1 win over Toulouse in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday, goals from Glik, Mbappe and Lemar earning the bragging rights. That result ensured Leonardo Jardim’s side remained top of the league, enjoying a three-point cushion over nearest rivals PSG, with a game in hand. It was also their eighth league win on the bounce, meaning the locals go in with confidence running through the ranks.
Hosts written off by traders
Coral’s traders have written the home win off however, marking Monaco up as 19/10 second favourites for the victory, while they are as big as 15/8 to qualify over two legs, and keep their dreams alive.
There’s no doubts who will be trusted to get the goals against Juventus, and put Monaco in a strong position going to Italy, and we have local hero Falcao as a 4/1 shot to score first, while there’s 6/4 on him hitting the back of the net anytime during play.
Defence the best form of attack
Juventus faced an onslaught from Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the last round. Having sealed a 3-0 home win, The Old Lady travelled to Spain desperate to avoid the fate of PSG, who collapsed under heavy fire when it mattered most.
Not Massimiliano Allegri’s side. Their miserly defence was more than a match for Messi and co, standing firm to grind out a thoroughly impressive 0-0 draw. You won’t see many more entertaining goalless finishes this season. The visitors will head to the Stade Louis II looking to do the same again. Scoring an away goal will feature highly on their to-do list, but giving nothing away is just as important, if not more so, meaning they’ll set-up to frustrate, and hit on the counter.
If Juventus can dampen the fuse of Barcelona on their own patch, then surely they must be trusted to do the same against Monaco. They are 7/5 to win the match, but may not go in search of the victory, instead keeping things tight with a view to getting it settled in Italy. They are nailed down 4/11 to qualify for the final, but punters after a bit of value may want to try an interest on Juve to win to nil at 10/3.