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Juventus vs. Porto Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

05 March 2021

Tuesday 9 March

Allianz Stadium - Champions League

 Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie Source:Claudio Benedetto/LiveMedia/Shutterstock

The reigning champions of Italy and Portugal collide in the second leg of this Champions League last-16 tie, as Juventus host Porto on Tuesday night. The visitors hold a slight advantage following the first leg, as the Spin Sports blog takes you through the football betting online for this crucial match.

Past Meetings

Federico Chiesa scored what could prove to be an invaluable away goal for Juventus in last month’s first leg, although Porto still hold a 2-1 advantage ahead of the return. Juve beat Porto 1-0 at home and 2-0 away when the clubs met at the same stage of the Champions League in 2017. That was the first time their paths had crossed since the group stages of this competition in 2001, with Juventus taking four points from their two meetings.

Team News

Juventus have been struggling with injuries at the back. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are both doubtful for this game, but Matthijs de Ligt could be fit following a muscular problem. Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado are both doubts, while midfielder Arthur is also battling for full fitness.

The visitors have a cleaner bill of health heading into this tough trip to Italy. Dragons manager Sergio Conceicao hopes to have Ivan Marcano after a knee injury. If the Spanish defender is fit enough to play, it would leave Mouhamed Mbaye as the only absentee for Porto.

Juventus vs. Porto Preview and Predictions

This will be the third Champions League meeting between Juventus and Porto in Turin. The Italian giants have won both of those previous games 1-0 and 3-1, with either of those scorelines in this last-16 second leg enough to take the Old Lady into the quarter-finals.

The Bianconeri have been far from their best this season, and it was the same story in the first leg of this game. Juventus still edged the attempts on goal at the Estadio Do Dragao, but it took them until the 82nd minute to finally get on the scoresheet.

Cristiano Ronaldo was uncharacteristically blunt in that game, and Andrea Pirlo will hope his star man is back on song here. The former Sporting Lisbon man and Portugal’s record goalscorer would love to put in a dominant performance against Porto, with Serie A’s top scorer currently on four goals in five Champions League appearances so far this season.

Like their hosts here, Porto have also struggled on the domestic front this season. They look set to lose their Primeira Liga crown to Sporting, but they came through a tough Champions League group which contained Manchester City, Olympiacos and Marseille with only one defeat, winning four of their six matches.

Despite that, the visitors are the heavy underdogs for the victory in this game, priced at 7.25 in the betting. A draw would be enough for Porto to progress to the quarter-finals though, and that’s available at 4.70. Juventus are 1.42, while you can back the hosts to qualify at 1.57 and Porto at 2.40.

Recommended Bets

Juventus to win and BTTS at 2.90

Juve have a lot of work to do to reach the next round, but they still have one of the world’s finest players in Ronaldo. The Portuguese was brought to Turin to deliver the Champions League, and he usually delivers on the biggest stages.

Juventus to win 2-1 at 8.25

This is the only scoreline which can bring extra-time and potentially penalties, with Juve mirroring the score they lost by in the first leg. The Old Lady are 6.25 to sneak through courtesy of a 1-0 win which would see them reach the quarters on away goals.