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Champions League quarter-final: Can Monaco turn around Juventus tie?

| 22.04.2015

Only an Arturo Vidal spot-kick made the difference for Juventus in the first leg of this Champions League quarter-final clash, so Monaco (4/1 with Coral to qualify for the semis) have it all to do at Stade Louis II.

Italian giants Juventus have lost just one of their last 14 away days across all competitions, so are well placed with their 1-0 lead to make it to the next round, which they are odds-on at 1/6 to do.

Monaco’s quickness of feet and thought in the counter saw them expose Arsenal, but it is unlikely they will be able to use such stun tactics this time out, as they chase the Old Lady.

The French principality outfit have conceded only once in their last four outings across all competitions, so are 9/4 to shut out guests Juve. However, Leonardo Jardim’s men will need to be sharper up top to triumph on home turf.

Monaco manager Jardim recently reflected on the first leg penalty decision, stating: “I’m actually disappointed because we played a good game, but the result does not reflect what we did on the field. The result stems from an incorrect decision.”

With vengeance in mind, Monaco academy graduate Anthony Martial is 15/8 to poach a goal anytime for the principality men, or 13/2 to fire in the first.

Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov, meanwhile, will have to fight for his place after being benched for the first leg, and is 6/1 to strike last.

As Juve travel to Turin, the Serie A leaders will have one eye on a first Champions League final since 2003, so are available at excellent odds of 13/8 to flex their muscles and hit two or more on the road.

Coral are also offering a tempting matchday special (max stake £20) for Carlos Tevez at 2/1 to score in 90 minutes, as the electric Argentine seeks to improve on his already terrific tally of six Champions League strikes this season.

With 26 across all competitions, Tevez is 11/2 to torment his hosts by grabbing the opener, while Spain starlet Alvaro Morata is 2/1 to be on target anytime.

Former Monaco man Patrice Evra makes his return to the Stade Louis II, and is an outside shout at 16/1 in the same market, while first leg goal hero Vidal is a 10/3 chance.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.