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Champions League Odds – Quarterfinals – Barcelona vs Juventus, April 19th, 2017
It would appear that Italian champions Juventus have a stranglehold over Spanish giants Barcelona in their two-legged European Champions League quarterfinal clash after winning their home match 3-0 last week. But let’s not forget Barcelona lost their first match against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 4-0 and came storming back to win their home leg 6-1. This tie will be decided on Wednesday, April 19th with Barcelona hosting Juventus at the Camp Nou. Reigning champions Juventus reached the final eight this year by beating Porto of Portugal 3-0 on aggregate in the round of 16.
Barcelona vs Juventus – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Barcelona as the favorites to win the 90-minute game at 9/20 with Juventus 11/2 and a draw at 7/2
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Barcelona vs Juventus – Head to Head:
- The two sides have now faced off eight seven times competitively in the past each team winning three, losing three and drawing the other two. Each team has also scored and allowed 10 goals against in those eight games. The squads met in the 2015 Champions League Final with Barcelona earning a 3-1 victory in Berlin. Barcelona has three wins and a loss at home against Juventus.
Barcelona – A Closer Look:
Barcelona has been struggling lately but is still fighting with Real Madrid for the top spot in the Spanish league yet again. They entered last weekend’s domestic schedule three points behind leaders Real Madrid with Real also having a game in hand. Barcelona was in second place with 69 points from 21 wins, six draws and four defeats with a league-high 88 goals scored and 28 conceded. They also had a seven-point edge on third-place Atletico Madrid. Barcelona has gone 14-4 in their 18 previous European competition quarterfinal clashes.
Barcelona topped Group C in this year’s Champions League group stage by six points over runners-up Manchester City of the English Premier League. Barcelona had 15 points on five wins and a defeat while scoring 20 goals and conceding just four. Barcelona had a pair of wins and a loss away from home and outscored their opponents just 5-4. This is their 10th consecutive season in the Champions League quarterfinals which is a tournament record. Barcelona was knocked out of the event last season in the quarterfinals when Atletico Madrid beat them 3-2 on aggregate.
Barcelona has won the Champions League five times and is unbeaten in their past 20 European games at home with 19 wins and a draw, including 15 straight victories. They’ve met Italian teams 47 times in the past with a record of 23 wins, 10 defeats and 14 draws with 81 goals for and 49 against. They have 14 wins at home against Italian sides along with a pair of defeats and four draws. Barcelona has also taken on Italian clubs half a dozen times on neutral grounds and has three victories, two defeats and a draw in those meetings.
Juventus – A Closer Look:
Juventus took the top spot in Group H in this season’s Champions League group stage with 14 points from four wins and two draws. They scored 11 goals and allowed only two against. There’s a good chance they’ll be crowned Italian Serie A champions again this season as they entered last weekend’s domestic matches with a six-point edge on second-place AS Roma. Juventus topped their table last week with 25 wins, two draws and four defeats for 77 points with 62 goals scored and a league-low 20 conceded.
Juventus has won the European title twice before and was undefeated away from home in the group stage with three wins. The Serie A champions have now made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League 10 times overall. However, they’ve reached the semifinals just two times in their past six tries. German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich knocked them out in the round of 16 last year 6-2 on aggregate in extra time after the clubs drew 2-2 in Italy. Juventus has gone 11-5 in their previous 16 quarterfinal appearances in European competitions.
Juventus has squared off against Spanish teams a total of 52 times in the past and has a record of 19 wins, 20 defeats, and 13 draws. They’ve scored 61 goals in those games and have allowed 55 against. Juventus hasn’t fared too well on their trips to Spain so far. They’ve managed to win just four matches in Spain to go along with 14 losses and five draws. They’ve also met Spanish teams five times on neutral grounds with just one victory and four losses.
Barcelona vs Juventus – Takeaway:
- If the game ends 3-0 for Barcelona it will go to 30 minutes of extra time. If it’s still level, it will be decided by a penalty shootout. Juventus will advance with a draw or win as well as a three-goal loss as long as they score at least one away goal. Barcelona will advance with any win by four or more goals.
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Champions League Odds – Quarterfinals – Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, April 18th, 2017
The last thing German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich wanted to do was lose to Spanish giants and reigning European champions Real Madrid at home in the first game of their two-legged Champions League quarterfinal tie. That’s the situation though as Real Madrid downed the home team 2-1 last Wednesday courtesy of two second-half goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, including his 100th in European competition. Bayern can only blame themselves as Arturo Vidal missed a penalty which would have given them a 2-0 lead and Javi Martinez was sent off after his second yellow card in the 61st minute. Real will now try to wrap up the tie when they host Bayern on Tuesday, April 18th.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich – bet365 Champions League Odds:
- bet365 currently lists Real Madrid as the favorites to win the 90-minute at 13/10 with Bayern Munich 15/8 and a draw at 11/4
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich – Head to Head:
- These teams have now met 23 times in the past with Bayern Munich winning 11, losing 10 and drawing the other two. However, Real Madrid has outscored them 35-32 in those contests. Real has eight wins, two defeats and a draw against Bayern at home. Their previous encounter was the semifinals of the 2013/14 Champions League with Real winning 1-0 in Madrid 4-0 in Munich.
Real Madrid – A Closer Look:
Real Madrid is still battling it out with arch rivals Barcelona for this season’s Spanish La Liga title. They entered last weekend’s Spanish league games in first place with a three-point edge on Barcelona as they aim for their 33rd Spanish league championship. Real had 72 points from 22 victories, six draws and two defeats with 79 goals for and 31 against. Real also has a game in hand on second-place Barcelona. Real will be hosting Barcelona in the El Clasico on April 23rd.
Madrid has won 35 of their past 40 Champions League home matches even though they didn’t play their best during this year’s group stage. They finished in second place in Group F behind Borussia Dortmund with 12 points on three wins and three draws with 16 goals for and 10 against. Real Madrid is aiming to become the first team to successfully defend the European crown in the Champions League era and is in the hunt for their record 12th European championship.
Real Madrid has faced German opponents 65 times in the past with 30 wins, 23 losses and 12 draws. They have 22 victories, three defeats and five draws in Madrid with just five away wins along with 19 losses and seven draws. Real has also played German clubs in four cup finals on neutral grounds with three wins and a defeat. Real Madrid is playing in their 35th European quarterfinal and has gone 28-6 in their previous 34. This is the clubs seventh consecutive quarterfinal tie and they’re hoping to advance to the semifinals for the seventh straight time.
Bayern Munich – A Closer Look:
Bayern Munich did themselves no favors in the first game with the missed penalty and red card and were also missing top scorer Robert Lewandowski due to injury. They’re still the best team in Germany though as they look poised to defend the Bundesliga title and win it for the 27th time. They entered the weekend games in first place with a 10-point edge Leipzig. Bayern had 68 points after 28 games with 21 wins, five draws and two defeats with a league-high 71 goals for and a league-low 15 conceded.
Bayern has been eliminated in the semifinal stage of the last three Champions League seasons and is hoping to advance at least that far this year. They were knocked out on the controversial away-goals rule last season by Spanish club Atletico Madrid. Bayern has only four wins in their last 14 European away matches along with three draws and seven defeats. This is the 28th overall quarterfinal appearance in European competition for Bayern with an 18-9 record in the previous 27.
Bayern finished the group stage in second place in Group D with four wins and two losses for 12 points with 14 goals scored and six allowed. They struggled away from home with just one win and a pair of defeats while being outscored 5-4. The German champs have played Spanish opposition 54 times in the past with 25 wins, 16 defeats and 12 draws while scoring 81 goals and allowing 70 against. They have six victories, 14 defeats and five draws on their trips to Spain. They’ve also met Spanish teams three times on neutral grounds with two draws and a win.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich – Takeaway:
- Bayern Munich still has a chance to win their sixth European Cup, but it’s not going to be easy. If they win this game 2-1 it will got to 30 minutes of extra time. If there’s no winner it will then be decided by a penalty shootout. Real Madrid will advance with a win or draw while Bayern will advance with any one-goal win in which they score at least three goals and any win by two or more goals.