The UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals and 1st Leg have a match-up on Tuesday the 14th of April 2014 as the Juventus plays Monaco with the game being played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy with kick-off at 2:45 PM ET.
Now the Juventus has conquered Italy, the 2 time European Champs are seeking to reclaim domination in the European world. Thus far they had a close game with Borussia Dortmund in the 16th round, but now with a little luck they play the weaker team remaining in this tournament, and they meet Monaco (Red & Whites) in the quarterfinals next.
The team from the Royal Land of Monaco needs to be considered a team that is not a weak as many in the media have projected as you just need to ask the Arsenal team, and they just might upset another team in these quarterfinals.
The opening odd for this matchup has Juventus at -330 and Monaco at +250. So if you are a fan of Juventus, the nicknamed Italian Giants in the soccer world who in Italy have been called the untouchables for this 2014-15 seasons, and they surely will win their 4th consecutive Serie A Title, as presently they are 14 points over 2nd ranked Roma. In the Coppa Italia they crushed Fiorentina 3-0 on the road in the second leg of that tournament and now they move on to the final there.
The Juventus team appears that after several years of not achieving their goals in the Champions League, this may be their year. They had an excellent 2 games with Borussia which they won in aggregate 5-1 over the German team. Their stars in that play was Morata and Tevez who scored all five of their goals, and the same 2 players have combined for 24 goals in this 2014-15 seasons. Against Monaco with Tevez scoring 6 goals, in Champions League games, that certainly should open up, or stiffen up the Monaco defense in this match-up.
You can be certain the Juventus will dominate this game at their home playing the cautious Monaco whom is more concerned about losing, as Juventus this season is undefeated in the Champions League this season as well as in Serie A, with 43 goals with 16 wins, 0 losses and 3 draws.
If you’re a Monaco fan and Bet on Soccer at a Sportsbook you certainly know that their upset Arsenal in the 16th round, after losing 2-0 at home in leg 2, and winning 3-1 against Arsenal was enough to get Monaco to the quarterfinals on goals score on the road.
A big concern for Monaco this season has been scoring goals even as they have manage 36 goals in 31 league games and in 8 Champions League games they have score 7 goals, and their leading scorer with some 7 goals by Berbatov.
As we mentioned earlier the Monaco upset over Arsenal was a result of their amazing counter attacking, but then the Juventus will present a better defense than Arsenal displayed in that loss, and more cautious in their backfield which is where Monaco scored their goals against Arsenal. Regardless, because the Juventus playing at home will be under a lot of pressure to win this game, thus Monaco may still find areas to exploit and score on the road.
Certainly Monaco does not want to rush through this game, but to play a slow game with their strong defense, and wait for a break to strike and score for a win. The experts think Juventus will find a way to score a goal and win this matchup 1-0.