Monaco and Juventus are going against each other in a decisive second match of quarterfinals in the Champions League. A week ago in Turin, Juventus won with 1:0 after a goal by Arturo Vidal from a controversial penalty. Actually, Dimitar Berbatov and friends are considered outsiders. Anyway, there may be some surprises today, so we recommend you get prepared - use our soccer picks adviced by sport predictions !
Monaco failed to win victory against Rennes in Ligue 1 during the weekend in a 1:1 draw. A goal in the 87th minute deprived Monaco of an additional dose of self-confidence before the second leg with Juventus. The duel with the Italians will be surely missed by the injured Traore Lasina, Tiemu Bakajoko, Jeffrey Kondogbia and Jeremy Tualan. The lack of the final two will deprive the Leonardno Jardim of options in midfield as they normally are the principals in his scheme. So the Portuguese Manager will bet on a certainly more offensive scheme and will rely on the quick attacks on the wings by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Matthaus Carvalho. The Bulgarian footballer, Dimitar Berbatov will be the main threat to the Italian defense. After the error for the penalty kick a week ago, the experienced Ricardo Carvalho will remain on the bench and his place in the centre of defence will be taken of the Brazilian Wallace, who will be partnered with Abdenur Ajmen.
Juventus almost got the title in Italy after the success over the second team in the standings, namely Lazio with 2:0 at the weekend. Now Max Allegri and his staff can fully 'channel` the forces of the team in the Champions League. The visit to Monaco, due to injuries, will be skipped by Kvado Asama, Martin Caceres, Romulo and last but not least, Paul Pogba. Because of the absence of the latter, in the midfield we will again see Roberto Pereira. In attack, Allegri will trust the rapid Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez, who will have the task to harass the clumsy French protection.
We expect a tactical deception in which we will hardly witness the result match. The bet on the derby`s huge, but both teams can boast with a strong game defensively. In view of this, we expect less goals, probably fewer than 2.5 - that is exactly our soccer forecast.