Juventus vs. Villarreal Predictions: Two data based angles on this huge Champions League clash.
Juventus vs. Villarreal Odds
The last two Champions League round of 16 games take place tonight and we've got previews of both on site. We've asked Scott Thornton to take the clash in Turin and provide us with his two best bets.
Juventus vs. Villarreal Tips
- Juventus Total Shots Over 11.5 & Juventus Total Tackles Over 12.5 @ 1.90 Bet 365 (2u)
- Adrien Rabiot Over 54.5 Passes @ 7.00 Bet 365 (0.25u)
The first leg in Spain was a strange affair with the visitors finding an opening immediately and looking to hold on. I expect Juventus to show some more in the way of attacking intent this time around.
Juventus are unbeaten in all competitions since the end of November as they chase down a place in this competition next season. Villarreal are lower in the table than they would have expected, so this competition offers them a chance to have a memorable season by making it to the late stages.
Juventus managed just seven shots in the first leg after Vlahovic gave his side the lead in the opening minute of the game. The Italians attempted to hold on to that lead by being defensively resolute but they eventually succumbed to the pressure they were under when Parejo equalised for the home side after 66 minutes.
Juve are averaging just under 13 shots per game in the Champions League this season and I think they will exceed that average tonight with the backing of the home fans, Villarreal themselves are conceding just over 13 shots per game in the competition this season, so we should see Juventus hit the required mark for the bet here barring a very early goal. Also, Juventus are averaging 16 shots per game in their last five home matches in all competitions , while Villarreal are conceding just under 13 in their last five away matches.
The team from Turin also managed to win 17 tackles in the first leg of this tie and are averaging 17.57 tackles per game in this year’s Champions League. Villarreal opponents in the competition are averaging even more, with the teams they’ve played against seeing an average of 18.57 tackles per game.
I expect the home side to be on the front foot here so I’m dropping the required line slightly, but I fully expect Juventus to coast past the required tackles and shots for this bet to land.
Juventus took a lead in the very first minute of the first leg in Spain, and the Italians opted to sit back and soak up the pressure. As a result Villarreal enjoyed more of the ball than the Italians. As previously discussed, I don’t expect this to be the case this time around (unless Juventus grab an early goal).
Despite seeing less of the ball than their opponents, Adrien Rabiot still managed to hit the 45 passes mark. The Frenchman also hit 44 passes in his previous league game away to Sampdoria, and Villarreal should look to keep things tight early on here and afford the Italians the room to knock the ball around a they attempt to make it difficult for the home side to find an opening. The midfielder also made 66 passes in the last home match he played in the Champions League against Malmo, they are facing a sterner test tonight, but the nature of the tie with the away goal factor being removed could see Juventus see similar amounts of possession to that game.
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