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Real Madrid vs Juventus - Match Preview

09 Apr 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Real Madrid

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Kick-off
18:45 GMT
11 April 2018

Juventus Turin

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Kick-off
18:45 GMT 11 April 2018

After four entertaining Champions League quarter-finals last week on Tuesday and Wednesday, the second legs of those ties return this week. On Wednesday, two of the competition’s early favourites clash at the Bernabeu and it is almost job done for Real Madrid, who managed to secure a huge 3-0 win in Turin against Juventus last week.

STATS

  • Real Madrid have been disappointing in La Liga but brilliant in the knockout stages of the Champions League. After defeating PSG in the last round, they look as though they will claim another big scalp as Juve look dead and buried. They played out a 1-1 draw with city rivals, Atletico on Sunday which showed lots of positive signs in a league campaign where they have struggled.
  • It’s quite the contrast for Juventus as they look to be securing the Serie A title whilst being in a dire position in Europe. Their entertaining 4-2 win over Benevento at the weekend saw them go four points clear at the top of the Italian top-flight but their hat-trick hero, Paulo Dybala, is suspended on Wednesday because of his red card in the first-leg.
  • A man that turns up on the big occasions and has done throughout this Champions League campaign is Cristiano Ronaldo. He got a brace in the first leg, making him the first player to score in 10 consecutive games in the competition.
  • Gonzalo Higuain was quiet last week but he is Juventus’ leading scorer in Europe with five goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

Juventus will be glad to see the back of Real Madrid in this quarter-final tie as they were also comfortably beaten by the Spanish giants when they faced in last season’s final. That means that both of the last two meetings between the sides have ended with Madrid winning by three goals. Last week’s fixture was the first of the last seven where both teams haven’t scored.

REAL MADRID NEWS

It should be pretty plain sailing for Real Madrid in this one and as long as they go into half-time either drawing or winning, it should be wrapped up. Sergio Ramos is suspended because of his number of yellow cards while Nacho Fernandez is injured.

Latest matches: Real Madrid

08.04.2018 LaLi Real Madrid Atletico Madrid 1:1 D
03.04.2018 UEFA Juventus Turin Real Madrid 0:3 W
31.03.2018 LaLi Las Palmas UD Real Madrid 0:3 W
18.03.2018 LaLi Real Madrid Girona FC 6:3 W
10.03.2018 LaLi SD Eibar Real Madrid 1:2 W

JUVENTUS NEWS

It’s a huge uphill task for Juve in this one, a feeling they won’t be used to. They need to have at least one unanswered goal on the scoreline by half-time. They don’t have any injured players but Dybala does miss out through suspension.

Latest matches: Juventus Turin

07.04.2018 Seri Benevento Calcio Juventus Turin 2:4 W
03.04.2018 UEFA Juventus Turin Real Madrid 0:3 L
31.03.2018 Seri Juventus Turin AC Milan 3:1 W
17.03.2018 Seri Spal 2013 Juventus Turin 0:0 D
14.03.2018 Seri Juventus Turin Atalanta Bergamasca 2:0 W

SUMMARY

It would be ridiculous to look past Real Madrid to qualify for the semi-final with their commanding three-goal advantage. An early goal or two for Juventus could make the hosts nervous but Zinedine Zidane’s side aren’t expected to be troubled on Wednesday night.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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