Juventus vs Lokomotiv MoscowUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Oct 22, 2019, Juventus Stadium
JUVENTUS have the quality to go all the way in the Champions League this season and boast the firepower to blow Lokomotiv Moscow away in Turin.
I'm surprised to see the Italian champions as big as 11/1 with Betway in the outright Champions League betting, with the bookies making them sixth favourites behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich.
Any side with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the lead has a decent chance of lifting Europe's biggest prize and Juventus made some shrewd summer signings, most notably young Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt.
It was De Ligt and his thrilling Ajax side who ended Juve's hopes last season in the quarter-finals, just when plenty of pundits were tipping Ronaldo to inspire another Champions League triumph.
The Portuguese superstar has won this competition an incredible five times and, at the age of 34, will know this season might be one of his last chances to get his hands on the famous silverware again.
His powers certainly don't seem to be on the wane yet and Ronaldo boasts 12 goals already this term for club and country, although four of those came in Portugal's 5-1 romp in Lithuania.
In the Champions League he has been pretty quiet by his own standards, drawing a blank in the 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid in Spain before netting just once in the 3-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.
So I reckon he's due a big night in this one, with Ronaldo a best 4/6 with William Hill for anytime scorer and 5/2 with Bet Victor to break the deadlock. But I fancy him to bag two or more, which is a tempting 10/3 with William Hill.
These sides have only faced off twice in European competition, with Juventus running out 4-0 aggregate victors in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup. I fancy them to get the job done without conceding again which is 4/5 with Sportingbet.
The Turin giants have only lost four times in 39 European games since moving to the Juventus Stadium and it would be a massive shock if Lokomotiv took that tally up to five.
The Russians bust my coupon on match day one when they triumphed in Leverkusen but that was their first away win in the Champions League since season 2002/03.
Juventus stayed top in Italy at the weekend with a 2-1 win over Bologna while Lokomotiv triumphed 2-0 at Akhmat Grozny.
Both teams have injury doubts, with Aaron Ramsey and Douglas Costa the most notable for Juve while the Russians are sweating on star striker Fedor Smolov.
If Smolov is out it makes it even tougher for Lokomotiv Moscow and I fancy Juve to win this by a couple of goals at least. So over 2.5 Juventus goals appeals at a decent 11/10 with Bet365 while William Hill are offering an excellent 21/20 on the Italian giants scoring in both halves.
This UEFA Champions League match between Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow will be played on Oct 22, 2019 and kick off at 20:00