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Gianluigi Buffon will go down as one of the very best goalkeepers of all time. The 39-year-old has won most things in his highly decorated career including league titles galore and the World Cup but so far the Champions League has eluded him. That could be about to change.
Buffon stretched his run without conceding in the Champions League to over 600 minutes during the first leg of Juventus’ semi-final against Monaco. The club’s captain wasn’t exactly a spectator during the match at the Stade Louis II but he had plenty of time to admire the work of Juve’s attacking players, particularly Gonzalo Higuain who scored both goals in the 2-0 win.
Over the course of the season, Monaco’s reputation as a free-flowing, attacking team has grown and grown so Juventus’ ability to shut them out was impressive enough. However, the way that Max Allegri’s men took the game to their opponents is what really caught the eye. Juventus proved that they’re a team of many strengths and at odds of 1/50 with some bookies to qualify, they are the overwhelming favourites to finish the job in Turin.
Juventus 7/10 (Betway)
Draw 3/1 (Stan James)
Monaco 9/2 (Bet365)
It’s not just the To Qualify market where Juventus as the favourites. The bookies all have them at odds on to book their place in the Cardiff in style by beating Monaco once more. History, too, suggests that Tuesday night will be a tough one for the Ligue 1 side.
Monaco have all sorts of Champions League records to beat if they are to win against the odds. For a start, no team has ever overturned a two goal deficit from the first leg of the semi-final. Then there’s the fact that Juventus are unbeaten in 11 two-legged ties against French opposition and that Monaco have never won a competitive fixture in Italy.
Whichever way you cut it, it is very hard to make a compelling case for Monaco avoiding defeat in the Juventus Stadium let alone making it through to the final at the Millennium Stadium. There’s a feeling around the Juventus squad that this is their year and the Old Lady should take a step closer to achieving Buffon’s dream by beating Monaco at odds of 7/10 with Betway.
Juventus 1-0 @ 15/2 (Paddy Power)
Draw 1-1 @ 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Juventus 2-0 @ 8/1 (Sky Bet)
Juventus 2-1 @ 17/2 (Paddy Power)
Draw 0-0 @ 12/1 (Betfair)
Juventus 3-0 @ 13/1 (Paddy Power)
Given that they had to come through two rounds of qualifying to even make it into the Champions League group stages, Monaco have played a huge number of matches already. 15 matches, to be exact, and the first leg against Juventus was only the second time that Leonardo Jardim’s men failed to score. Jardim knows that it’s highly unlikely that his team will qualify for the final but he’ll be wary of the potential blow to morale that drawing another blank could bring.
Monaco are in a very strong position to win the Ligue 1 title and a spirited performance against Juventus could be just the thing they need to give them a boost for the final three games of their domestic season. With quality attacking options like Radamel Falcao, Kyllian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva, Monaco have what it takes to score a goal out of nothing, even against a defensive unit as strong as Juventus’.
So, if you are having a bet on the Correct Score market, we’d suggest choosing a selection that includes a Monaco goal. The 17/2 that Paddy Power are quoting on Juventus winning 2-1 looks like a solid choice as we believe Juventus will triumph but not without Monaco having a say on proceedings.
Gonzalo Higuain 3/1 (Betfair)
Paulo Dybala 9/2 (Sky Bet)
Mario Mandzukic 5/1 (Betfair)
Miralem Pjanic 11/2 (Sky Bet)
Falcao 6/1 (Sky Bet)
Sami Khedira 6/1 (Betfair)
Juan Cuadrado 7/1 (Sky Bet)
Kylian Mbappe 8/1 (Betfair)
When Gonzalo Higuain missed a chance in the early stages of the first leg, the commentators trotted out the well worn line about his inability to step up on the biggest stages. They didn’t repeat that line after Higuain scored his second just before the hour market. The Argentine striker signed for huge money from Napoli in the summer and has repaid his new employers with 23 goals in all competitions.
Higuain faces plenty of world class opposition in the First Goalscorer market but he is the focal point of the Juventus forward line and is the man most likely to grab the game’s first goal at a best price of 3/1 with Betfair.
Juventus to win at 7/10 with Betway
2-1 correct score at 17/2 with Paddy Power