Juventus vs Real Madrid Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Juventus vs Real Madrid | Tuesday 5 May, 2015 | Juventus Stadium | 19.45
Juventus hope to get one step closer to their first final since 2003 when they host Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
The Old Lady will go into the tie full of confidence after securing their fourth straight Serie A title at the weekend.
The previous time the two superpowers met in Italy was in last season’s group stages, with the game ending 2-2.
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo has described Real Madrid as the most important club side in the world, but insists his team will face the holders without fear.
“The first leg is crucial. We’ll need to play with intelligence,” he said.
“We’ll be mindful but also show some swagger, because we have a dream to fulfil and nothing to lose.”
Juventus have won nine of their last ten games at home in all competitions and won five of their last six in the Champions League in Turin.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have won five straight away games in the Champions League before a goalless draw at Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final.
No team has made as many Champions League final appearances as Real’s 13 and no other team has won as many titles as the Spanish giants, who claimed the trophy for a 10th time last season.
They now have their eyes set on becoming the first team in Champions League history to retain the trophy.
However, Italy has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Real. They have failed to win on any of their previous seven visits, with their last victory on Italian soil during the 2004-05 group stages against Roma.
Real are two points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga with three games remaining, but they are confident that they can bring home a positive result against one of manager Carlo Ancelotti’s former clubs (1999-2001).
“We have an Italian coach that knows Juventus very well, I think that will help us,” Real midfielder Toni Kroos said.
“We are going to do all that we can to reach the final knowing that no club has managed to defend the Champion League crown.
“This is our biggest challenge of the year.’”
Gareth Bale is back in business for Real, however they will go into Tuesdays clash without midfielder Luka Modric and striker Karim Benzema due to injuries.
The hosts are still without midfielder Paul Pogba due to a hamstring injury that has kept him side-lined since March.
Juventus vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Juventus have talent of their own in attack, however it is how their defence deals with the threat of Ronaldo and co that is likely to determine the outcome of this tie. The two teams have different styles, but both are effective which could well see Tuesday’s game ending in a tie.