Italian champions Juventus are in the driver’s seat in their two-legged round-of-16 European Champions League showdown after beating Portuguese club Porto 2-0 in their away leg on February 22nd. They’ll now return home to Turin for the second leg on Tuesday, March 14th needing just a draw to advance to the quarterfinals.
Juventus vs Porto Odds – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Juventus as the favorites to win the 90-minute game at 8/13 with Porto 11/2 and a draw at 13/5
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Juventus vs Porto – Head to Head:
- FC Porto is now winless against Juventus in four meetings after their recent 2-0 defeat with Pjaca and Alves both scoring in the final 20 minutes for the Italian side. However, Porto was down to 10 men after the 27th minute. Juventus has three wins and a draw. Juventus edged Porto 2-1 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final 1984 in Switzerland. The two teams also drew 0-0 in Porto in the group stage of the 2001/02 Champions League campaign while Juventus won 3-1 in their home leg in Turin.
Juventus – A Closer Look:
Juventus won Group H in the first stage of this year’s Champions League with four victories and a pair of draws with 11 goals for and just two against. They look poised to win the Italian Serie A yet again this season as they entered last weekend’s games with an eight-point bulge over second-place AS Roma. Juventus led their league last week with a record of 22 wins, a draw and four losses with 56 goals for and a league-low 18 against.
Juventus, two time European Cup winners, went unbeaten at home in this year’s group stage with a win and two draws. The Italian champions are hoping to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the 10th time. However, they’ve reached the final four only twice in their last half dozen attempts. They were eliminated from last year’s competition by in the group of 16 by German champions Bayern Munich by an aggregate score of 6-2 in extra time following a 2-2 home draw.
The last time Juventus met Portuguese opposition was in 2013/14 Europa League semifinals when they were edged by Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon and then drew 0-0 at home. Juventus’ record against Portuguese clubs is currently six wins, two draws and four defeats with 15 goals for and 10 against. All four losses came at the hands of Benfica. They have three wins, a draw and a loss at home. Juventus is unbeaten in their past 20 home games in European competition with 11 wins and nine draws.
Porto – A Closer Look:
Porto is still battling neck and neck with Benfica in a two-horse race for the Primeira Liga title this season as they both have a healthy lead over third-place Sporting. Porto entered last weekend’s domestic schedule with just one loss in league competition this season. They had gone 21 league games without a loss including five draws and 16 victories with eight wins in a row. As for the Champions League, Porto finished as runners up to English Premier League champions Leicester City in Group G in the first stage.
They finished the group stage with three victories, two draws and a defeat with nine goals for and three against. Porto has won the European Cup on two previous occasions and is playing in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the second time in the past three seasons. Their last appearance was two years ago when they downed FC Basel of Switzerland 5-1 on aggregate before losing 7-4 to German champions Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
Porto had a win, draw and a loss away from home in the group stage this season and is aiming to reach the quarterfinal stage for the seventh time in club history. Overall, they have eight wins in 29 games against Italian opposition along with nine draws and 12 defeats with 26 goals for and 29 against. They have four wins, three draws and six losses on their visits to Italy.
Juventus vs Porto – Takeaway
Juventus will advance with a draw, a win, or any one-goal loss. The game will go to 30 minutes of extra time if Porto wins 2-0. If it’s still tied it will be decided by a penalty shootout. Juventus is 3-3 in European shootouts while Porto is 1-2. Porto will advance with any win by three goals or more or any two-goal win in which they score at least three goals.
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