Atlético Madrid’s home form in La Liga since the last weekend of February has been excellent (W8, D1), and four of the last six wins in that sequence have seen Atlético Madrid score the decisive goal beyond the hour mark.
These two are no strangers to one another in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), meeting in the Round- of-16 only this spring. The host of each leg on the day won ‘to-nil’ by a margin of 2+ goals, winning the second half precisely by a 2-0 scoreline.
Juventus can take great encouragement from the fact that they’ve won over half (five) of their last eight UCL away games. Top seeds in this UCL group, Juventus’ last group stage away game against a Pot 2 team was one of the three wins ‘to-nil’ in that sequence.
Over on the domestic scene, four of Juventus’ last six Serie A (SA) fixtures have now seen at least one team fail to score, while over half (five) of the last eight halves played across Juventus’ last four SA road trips have produced no goals.
Players to watch: Atlético’s ‘enfant-terrible’ João Félix is finally off the mark at the Wanda Metropolitano, being the first ‘Rojiblanco’ scorer (inside the first 30 minutes) in his last home game.
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín is off the mark with the ‘Bianconeri’ this season, and three of his last four goals have now arrived inside the opening 20 minutes.
Stat attack: Each of Atlético’s UCL group stage home games in 2018/19 produced two-goal victories.
Across all venues, Juventus’ last five UCL victories have yielded a clean sheet. Three of those have seen them win the first half 1-0.
These sides have met four times in the UCL this decade. None of those H2Hs have seen both teams score.
Will not play
De Sciglio M.
Referee: Makkelie D. (Ned),
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)