Juventus vs Atletico MadridUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Nov 26, 2019, Allianz Satdium
Back-to-back late shows against Lokomotiv Moscow means that it is mission complete for Maurizo Sarri and Juventus who have secured qualification to the knockout-phase with two games to spare.
However, the Italian champions still require a point to secure their place at the summit of the section and they will be presented with the opportunity to do just that when they welcome Atletico Madrid to the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night.
Diego Simeone's side sit second in the group – three points behind the Old Lady – meaning that the La Liga outfit still have some work to do to land a place in the last -16.
Both these Champions League heavyweights played out a humdinger of a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture and Atleti have since collected a further six points following victories against Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayern Leverkusen respectively.
Yet, the men from Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Leverkusen in their last European outing and domestically Los Colchenares have endured a season littered with draws thus far – the most recent of which came away at Grenada on Saturday.
Juventus have been imperious as ever in Serie A this season where they remain unbeaten after brilliantly dismantling Atalanta 3-1 away from home at the weekend.
The bookmakers believe that Juventus' undefeated start to the season will remain intact after this clash with an away win an unfancied 3/1 (Betway)
A point for Juventus would secure top-spot and that outcome pays 9/4 (BetVictor) while an eighth consecutive home success for the hosts will attract plenty of punters at odds-against of 23/20 (UniBet)
Despite these two sides playing out en entertaining 2-2 draw in the Spanish capital, the opening 45 minutes was cagey – with all four goals arriving in the second half of the game.
What's more, all of Atletico's games in Group D have seen the second half produce the most goals and I fancy a repeat of that in Turin at a tempting 6/5 (PaddyPower)
I don't envisage a goalfest in northern Italy given that a point apiece would probably suit both sides, not to mention Simeone's sides are usually set up to be compact and difficult to breakdown – and therefore goals may be more likely to arrive in the second period.
Although goal-laden affair may not be on the menu, I cannot help but be attracted to the 17/10 (Ladbrokes) on offer for Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime against a team that he has haunted throughout his illustrious career.
Ronaldo sat out Saturday's 3-1 win at Atalanta, however, the Portuguese superstar is set to return the squad for this showdown against old foes Atletico.
Ronaldo has an awesome return of 25 goals in 32 appearances against Atletico Madrid and should the Juventus forward be recalled to the starting XI on Tuesday night then the 17/10 (Ladbrokes) on offer for Ronaldo to hit the back of the net may be just be a little too tempting to pass up on.
In considering which side may come out on top – this is a tough one to call – and if pushed I would look to get Juventus on side, however, given the dynamics of Group D, I'm not tempted enough to back the home side to triumph outright.
Therefore, for reasons already discussed, I'm going to opt for an alternative angle by combining Juventus on the double chance in a match that sees under 2.5 goals scored at Evens (Bet 365)
This UEFA Champions League match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid will be played on Nov 26, 2019 and kick off at 20:00