Monaco vs Juventus: Italian giants rated just too strong


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Kick Off: 1945, 03/05/2017

Stadium: Stade Louis II

TV: BT Sport

There will be a clear clash of styles when Monaco take on Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals and we reckon the percentage pick is to side with the Italian giants.

Monaco have been a breath of fresh air in this season’s tournament but their gung-ho tactics are fraught with danger when coming up against such experienced and clinical opponents.

The first of our Monaco vs Juventus betting tips is to take 23/20 for an away win in the first leg.

A Look At Monaco’s Betting Odds

Monaco have won plenty of new admirers with their incredibly entertaining brand of football and this young side appears to be fearless, both at home and away.

The French side have unearthed a potential superstar in teenage striker Kylian Mbappe and helped Radamel Falcao recapture the sparkle which slipped away during spells with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Attacking full-backs have assisted in Monaco managing to score 12 goals over four games against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund but this time they will come up against one of Europe’s meanest defences.

We’re taking 8/5 for Monaco to only score once in the home leg.

A Look At Juventus’ Betting Odds

Juventus have produced some good old-fashioned Italian defending to secure a relatively smooth passage to the semi-finals, conceding just two goals during the group stage and then beating Porto and Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate.

With legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon stuck in behind a well-drilled and combative back-line, Juve will always be hard to break down, whatever the calibre of opposition.

However, the progress made by Paulo Dybala up front and his partnership with fellow Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain has also given them an extra dimension in attack as they seek a third European Cup triumph.

Monaco will always give chances away and we like 17/4 for Juve to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 here.

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Last Champions League result:

MONACO 3-1 Borussia Dortmund – Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao, Valere Germain

Barcelona 0-0 JUVENTUS

Head-to-head: Monaco 0-0 Juventus, Juventus 1-0 Monaco, Monaco 3-2 Juventus, Juventus 4-1 Monaco.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.