Monaco vs Juventus Betting Tips & Predictions for the first leg of this semi final in the Champions League. The match will be played at Stade Louis II. (Monaco) and will kick off at 19.45 BST. Find below all our predictions and free betting tips.
Monaco vs Juventus Preview & Team News
It is astounding, for a football nation like France, that they only managed to win one Champions League, or previously the Europa Cup I. Olympique Marseille defeated AC Milan in 1993 for their only victory in the most prestigious cup in European club football. AS Monaco, who already lost a Champions League final back in 2004 versus FC Porto, can be considered strong outsiders to win it this time around. The club might not have a similar status to Real Madrid or Juventus, their football this season is at least of the same level, if not better.
So far in this year’s Champions League, Monaco eliminated an impressive list of clubs. Les Monégasques topped Group E, ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur and CSKA Moscow. In the round of 16 Manchester City was pushed aside and in the quarter-final Monaco defeated Borussia Dortmund twice, in a duel that was also marked by the bomb incident involving the Dortmund player bus.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has no real imminent injury troubles. D. Sidibé, G. Carrillo and Boschilia will be ruled out but all his key players are fit and there are no suspensions. Almamy Touré is due a late fitness test but is expected to make the squad.
Juve is Juve. Love them or hate them, they always manage to reach far in the Champions League. Their defensive style of football is made to get results, not to entertain. Italian style. The following statistic sums it all up. In only 2 of their 10 matches in the Champions League this season they conceded a goal. One away at Sevilla, and one at home versus Olympique Lyonnais. If you don’t concede, you can’t lose. This is also why I stopped watching the Serie A years ago, not my type of football. Thank god there are teams like AS Monaco around.
Admitted, the way Juventus played at home versus Barcelona was impressive, but if the Blaugranes had scored 2 or 3 times (Suarez), no one would have said a word. Shutting Barca down at Nou Camp obviously is top class, leaning on their trademark defense, it handed the Italians a well deserved place in these semi’s. This was also Juve’s first real test in Europe this year. In previous rounds Allegri’s man disposed themselves of European sub top teams such as Sevilla, Porto and Olympique Lyonnais.
Juventus is the only team in these semi finals that is still capable of winning the treble. They are topping the Serie A, are in the domestic Cup Final versus Lazio Roma, and still in the Champions League. Despite all these matches played, Massimo Allegri had a full squad to his disposal until the news broke that Daniele Rugani will be sidelined with a knee problem. For the rest there seem no eye catching injuries nor suspensions for the Bianconeri.
Monaco vs Juventus Match Info
Teams: Monaco vs Juventus
Competition: Champions League 2016/2017
Date: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
Kick off time: 19:45 BST / 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stade Louis II. (Monaco)
Referee: Antonio Mateu
Monaco vs Juventus Line Up Prediction
Monaco: Subašić; Dirar, Glik, Touré, Mendy; Jemerson, João Moutinho, Lemar; Bernardo Silva, Falcao, Mbappé.
Juventus: Buffon; Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves; Pjanić, Khedira, Cuadrado; Higuaín, Dybala, Mandžukić.
Monaco vs Juventus Betting Tips &Predictions
Also in this confrontation I will let my heart speak. I want Monaco to win, they play absolutely great football with always the drive to play forward. Les Monégasques have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches in the Champions League. Juventus is the opposite, god how they love to give every initiative to their opponent and strike in the counter attack. For I Bianconeri also 1 goal is enough, no need for more. Doesn’t matter what the score board says, 1-0 or 7-0, it’s both 3 points.
My prediction is that Monaco’s attacking force and their desire to win the game will be decisive. Bear in mind, this is Juventus, they probably don’t even care to leave Monaco with a 1-0 or 2-1 defeat.
My best betting tip or prediction for AS Monaco versus Juventus is a Monaco home win.
Free Betting Tips
AS Monaco to win 21/10 at Bet365.
Goals Over/Under Predictions
Over 2,5 match goals 9/10 at Bet365.
AS Monaco to win 2-1 at 15/2 with Bet365.
Mbappé to score anytime is 21/10 with Bet365.
Long Shot Betting Tip
Dybala to score first at 9/2 with Bet365.
A short preview of Monaco vs Juventus put on Twitter by Juventus:
– Quotes from key men ✅
– Training action ✅
– Who to watch ✅
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 2, 2017