Tuesday 9 May

Juventus - Monaco

09 May 2017 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Juventus Turin

  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
09 May 2017

AS Monaco

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 09 May 2017

It’s the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final and after Juventus’ 2-0 win in the first-leg in Monaco, the visitors have it all to do on Tuesday night. In the first-leg at the Stade Louis II, Juventus defended brilliantly and scored 2 devastating away goals on the counter-attack. Monaco had several chances from set-pieces but ultimately failed as Gianluigi Buffon showed that age definitely is just a number. It was Higuain who was the man of the moment as he scored both goals.

STATS

  • Although Juventus have been brilliant in the Champions League this season, their Serie A form has suffered recently. While they’re top of the table, they’ve drawn both of their last games and have concede in both games, which may give some hope to Monaco.
  • It looks as though Monaco will be Ligue 1 champions at the end of the season but they need to take their free-scoring form into the second-leg of this tie if they are to go through. They need to score at least 2 to have any chance of going through and Juventus haven’t conceded 2 goals in a single Champions League game this season.
  • Gonzalo Higuain’s 2 goals in the first-leg may have put the tie beyond Monaco and another couple from the Argentine in the second-leg will surely send Juventus into their second final in 3 years.
  • Kylian Mbappe started the first-leg very strongly and forced a brilliant save from Buffon but he was almost non-existent in the second half and he could be vital for Monaco’s hopes if he plays like he did in the other knockout matches.

HEAD TO HEAD

Monaco are still yet to beat Juventus in their 3 meetings as Juventus have won 2 while the other ended goalless. They’ll need to make this game their first victory over Juve if they are to get themselves into the final. Juventus have kept a clean sheet on all 3 occasions.

Head to head matches: Juventus Turin - AS Monaco

03.05.2017 UEFA AS Monaco Juventus Turin 0:2

JUVENTUS NEWS

Juventus will fully expect to get themselves into the final in Cardiff at the end of this month with a professional job against Monaco in this second-leg. Without any injuries or suspensions, their chances are increased massively. It shouldn’t be too hard for them to defend their lead but their defenders will have to be on their game as an early goal for Monaco could completely change their game plan.

Latest matches: Juventus Turin

06.05.2017 Seri Juventus Turin Turin FC 1:1 D
03.05.2017 UEFA AS Monaco Juventus Turin 0:2 W
28.04.2017 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca Juventus Turin 2:2 D
23.04.2017 Seri Juventus Turin Genoa FC 4:0 W
19.04.2017 UEFA FC Barcelona Juventus Turin 0:0 D

MONACO NEWS

Monaco will definitely struggle to overturn the two-goal deficit especially if they concede as it will mean they need 4 goals against a Juventus who are known for their defensive solidarity. Although Monaco have no new injuries themselves giving them a chance of playing with their strongest team in such a tough game. An early goal will be vital, which the have shown they can do as they’ve averaged just over 3 goals per game.

Latest matches: AS Monaco

06.05.2017 Ligu AS Nancy AS Monaco 0:3 W
03.05.2017 UEFA AS Monaco Juventus Turin 0:2 L
29.04.2017 Ligu AS Monaco Toulouse FC 3:1 W
26.04.2017 Coup Paris St Germain AS Monaco 5:0 L
23.04.2017 Ligu Olympique Lyon AS Monaco 1:2 W

SUMMING UP!

Juventus are huge favourites of going through to the final but Monaco might be able to snatch a win on the night. If they can stay defensively sound, Monaco might be able to defy the odds and get through but they’ll need more than a hint of good fortune. It’s definitely Juventus’ semi-final to lose.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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