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Under Three Goals Total
The one undisputed fact about this game is arguably the quality of the two defences, with both teams well known for their solidity at the back.
Juventus have conceded just 15 goals in their 24 Serie A matches so far this term, keeping 12 clean sheets there and adding four more in the Champions League for good measure.
It has been a similar story for Atleti too, Diego Simeone’s men once again boasting La Liga’s best defensive record after conceding just 17 times in their 24 games to date.
They too have registered 12 shut outs in domestic action while also denying their opponents three times in the Group Stages of the Champions League.
The two previous meetings between these sides came back in 2014/15, ending 0-0 in Turin and 1-0 to Atleti in Madrid, results which only serve to highlight just how evenly balanced this tie should be this time around.
Diego Godin, Giorgio Chiellini, Wojciech Szczesny and Jan Oblak will all certainly look to maintain those proud records, making Under Three Goals for this game an obvious option here.
Winning Margin Of One Goal Either Way
Given those previous results show the teams share just a solitary strike over 180 minutes, this next choice really is a no-brainer.
According to Opta data, Atleti have allowed their opponents to take just 10.8 shots per game this term, while Juve have held theirs to 10.4, the marks ranking 14th and 12th respectively among all sides in Europe’s top five leagues.
Both Simone and Max Allegri actively choose to keep their side even more compact in the first leg of a knockout tie, making Wednesday evening’s encounter at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium almost certain to be a tight affair.
“Their philosophy is not easy to deal with at all, so it’s up to us to control both games and most importantly try to score a goal in Madrid,” Juve midfielder Miralem Pjanic told newspaper Il Giornale earlier this week. “Atleti do have a lot of similarities with Juve, as both teams are solid, allow few spaces and don’t concede many goals.”
Mario Mandzukic To Score At Any Time
While it is difficult to see many goals being scored overall, one of the men most likely to find the back of the net has to be Mario Mandzukic.
He has been in excellent form this term, the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo not only pushing the Croatian striker back into form, but also shifting him back into the central role he relinquished for the last two seasons in order to allow Gonzalo Higuain more freedom.
Mandzukic has made a happy habit of scoring in big games, getting on the score sheet this term against Lazio, Napoli, AC Milan, Roma, Inter and Valencia after also netting for Croatia in last summer’s World Cup Final and in the 2017 Champions League Final.
He has scored eight league goals in total this term, more than either of those previous two campaigns and only two short of the ten he managed in 2015/16.
That was his first season at Juve, moving directly from Atleti and he would enjoy nothing more than putting his former club to the sword here, making Mandzukic to score at any time an ideal option for this encounter.