Kick-off: 2000, 18/09/2019
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
TV: BT Sport
Atletico Madrid have a score to settle with Juventus after crashing out to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in last season’s Champions League.
However, prior to that 3-0 defeat in Turin, Los Colchoneros had beaten the Old Lady 2-0 in Spain and home advantage can again prove decisive in this Group D opener.
Diego Simeone’s side can be backed at 17/10 to pick up maximum points and that is our initial Atletico Madrid vs Juventus prediction.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico were strong at their imposing Wanda Metropolitano stadium during the pool stage last term, seeing off Borussia Dortmund 2-0, Club Brugge 3-1 and Monaco 2-0.
They looked hot favourites to reach the quarter-finals when Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin netted against Juve at this venue, before the second-leg fightback.
Overall, Los Colchoneros have won nine straight home matches in European competition, with Brugge the only team to score in those games.
There have been some major changes to Simeone’s squad this season, though, with poster boy Antoine Griezmann moving on, alongside the likes of Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Rodri.
However, despite a surprise defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday, the early signs are that they have spent wisely on replacements, with Joao Felix and Kieran Trippier among those settling in best.
Even if some of the personnel are different, Simeone’s influence will remain steady and that means an athletic and enthusiastic approach is assured.
Disciplined defensive work is another trademark of the Argentine manager and 29/10 for a home win to nil takes the eye from the Atletico Madrid vs Juventus odds.
A Look At Juventus’ Betting Odds
Juventus failed to capitalise on that triumph over Atletico, bowing out to Ajax in the next round after drawing 1-1 in Amsterdam but then losing 2-1 at home.
That led to a bit of a slump in form from the Bianconeri, but they had enough in hand to claim an eighth straight Serie A title with something to spare.
Incoming manager Maurizio Sarri was given several solid recruits to work with over the summer, with Matthijs de Ligt, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Danilo all decent additions.
Ronaldo will still be the focal point of their forward play, though, and he did have a fine record versus Atletico when playing for city rivals Real, netting 22 times in 31 encounters.
Four goals for Portugal in a 5-1 Euro 2020 rout of Lithuania showed he remains as prolific as ever at the age of 34, but we feel chances will be few and far between in a tight tussle on this occasion.
That kind of contest would suit the hosts more and 6/1 for a 1-0 home victory completes our Atletico Madrid vs Juventus betting tips.
Real Sociedad 2-0 ATLETICO MADRID
Fiorentina 0-0 JUVENTUS
Head-to-head: Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid, Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus, Juventus 0-0 Atletico Madrid, Atletico Madrid 1-0 Juventus
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