Champions League Final Juventus v Monaco Betting Prediction | Back a Home Win at 5/1 with BetfairPublished May 8, 2017
Juventus managed to assert their defenve dominance against an extremely talented and vibrant Monaco side in the first leg, and their two away goals have put them very much in control of this semi final tie.
The fact Juve have not yet conceded a goal in the knockout stages of the competition, and only two throughout, was expected to be put to the test by Europe’s most potent attack. Manchester City became the first side to be eliminated after scoring six in a tie during the quarters because the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao were on fire. But the Italians’ organisation won through, and without any major issues, they should reach the final in Cardiff.
Max Allegri’s tactical plan is already written, having held Barcelona, another so called ‘free scoring’ side at the Camp Nou in the last eight, having scored three in the first leg. Juve saw their run of winning every home game in Serie A this season come to an end but remain imperious infront of their own fans. With no need to go all out on the attack, they will just sit tight and frustrate Monaco, who must start with vast amounts of pace and intensity.
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Mbappe and Falcao must be joined in attack by the likes of Thomas Lemar out wide, and that will allow Alex Sandro and Dani Alves to pick their moments in attack, just as they did against Barcelona and in the first leg of this one.
When Alves moves forward, it gives license to Paulo Dybala, who starts up front alongside Gonzalo Higuain to drop into space both centrally and down the right to link up the play. Doing so made such an impact in the 3-0 win over Barcelona, with him scoring goals, and the fact that Tiemoue Bakayoko struggled to dominate in middle for Monaco last week could mean he is targeted by Miralem Pjanic, who will link up with Dybala.
Monaco are predominantly a counter-attacking team and the fact the onus is now on them to break down such a cohesive unit does not bode well for them. Our Champions League betting tip for this one is a home win, with Dybala proving a thorn in Monaco’s side once again and helping the Bianconeri to their second Champions League final in three years. You can grab a £30 Betfair free bet on your way.