Preview - Juventus vs Real Madrid 04 April 2018

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Champions League Quarter Final First Leg
Juventus vs. Real Madrid
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Last five matches form: W W W D W
CL Average goals per match: 1.4
CL Average goals against per match:1.0
CL Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuaín (5)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.80
CL Average goals against per match: 1.10
CL Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (12)

Things are really getting serious in the Champions League now as we reach the quarter final stages. In a week of titanic tussles, they don't get much bigger than this. It's Juventus vs Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus are a little short in midfield ahead of this tie with both Mehdi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic missing out through suspension. Mario Mandzukic doesn't look like making in time up front either.

Nacho looks set to be the main absentee for Real. Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco are expected to return to the starting line-up having been rested ahead of this tie at the weekend.

Both sides arrive in excellent form as illustrated by a quick glance at the five match form figures for each side.

This is really a tough game to call and we will be interested to see the tactics employed by Juventus here. We wouldn't be surprised should they play more like the away side, sitting back on their excellent defence and looking to hit on the counter.

Real Madrid do seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time of the season though, with Cristiano Ronaldo in particular looking in ominously determined mood at present.

Overall Real look to be in marginally the better shape and may just do enough to claim a vital away win.

Prediction: Juventus 1 - 2 Real Madrid


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots: 12 - 14
Shots on target: 2 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 6
Possession: 44% - 56%

Ronaldo and Isco have been in scintillating form of late, be it for club or country, and the pair teamed up early here to give Real Madrid the lead. Isco working his magic down the left and feeding a low cross into the box. Too sharp for the defenders, Ronaldo produced a stabbed finish at the near post across the keeper and into the far corner. 0-1 after just three minutes.

Juventus came close to equalising in the 22nd minute. A free kick from the left-hand side finding former Real man Higuaín around six yards from goal. The Argentinian volleyed on goal but Keylor Navas was equal to it with a superb stop.

Toni Kroos nearly made it two in the 35th minute, rattling a thunderous 25 yard drive against the crossbar.

One of the final acts of the first half was a booking for Paulo Dybala for diving in the box. A yellow card which would come back to haunt him later. 0-1 at the interval.

Dybala went agonisingly close to an equaliser in the opening period of the second half, seeing his free kick take a big deflection off the wall to leave Navas stranded but drifting just wide. Close!

Then came the matches one moment of stunning quality. It of course came from that man Ronaldo. Having already became the first man to score in ten consecutive Champions League games, he capped a fine performance with a brilliant goal. Daniel Carvajal dinking in a cross towards the penalty spot and Ronaldo producing a sensational overhead bicycle kick past a motionless Gianluigi Buffon in the 64th minute.

Two minutes later it became even worse for Juve. It is questionable how much intent there was, but Dybala's studs were certainly raised when challenging for the ball in midfield and he caught Daniel Carvajal in the chest. That was enough for a second yellow and off he went.

In the 72nd minute, Ronaldo added an assist to his two goals, playing in Marcelo who dinked the ball over the keeper before bundling in.

3-0 down and without their star man for the return leg in the Bernabeu, this looks all over for Juventus.

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