Champions League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Juventus

Atletico Madrid bounced back from successive defeats with a narrow 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend. They have kept clean sheets in their last three Champions League matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo has fond memories of knocking out Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Juventus signed the 34-year-old for these occasions and there will be pressure on him to guide the Old Lady through to the next round.

Team News

Atletico Madrid- Diego Costa returned from injury at the weekend after two months out but Diego Simeone has suggested he is not fit enough to start.

Simeone has confirmed Koke is back from injury but faces competition from Thomas Lemar for a place in the starting XI.

Having confirmed one of Koke or Thomas Lemar will start, that suggests one of Thomas Partey, Saul Niguez or Rodrigo will have to settle for a place on the bench. Place bet on Live Event 24/7 on NaijaBet

Jose Gimenez and Stevan Savic compete for a spot at centre-back, while Alvaro Morata should start against former club Juventus.

Filipe Luis, Partey, Costa and Gimenez are one booking away from missing the return leg.

Juventus- Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini both recovered from injury on Friday and started Juventus’ 3-0 win over Frosinone.

Max Allegri has removed any doubts about Paulo Dybala’s place in the team and confirmed he will start on Wednesday.

Alex Sandro was suspended on Friday but will start at left-back against Atletico Madrid.

Mario Mandzukic has developed into a really important player for Juventus this season and will start against his former club.

Sami Khedira’s future as a professional footballer is in doubt after Juventus detected an irregular heartbeat.

Blaise Matuidi and Sandro will miss the return leg if they are booked on Wednesday.

Match Facts

Atletico have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches in UEFA Champions League.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Atletico’s last 3 games (UEFA Champions League).

Atletico are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 UEFA Champions League matches.

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As at the time this post Atletico Madrid has 2.96 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Juventus has 2.87 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 2.94.

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