Bayern Munich will travel to Turin, Italy on Wednesday April 10 to face Juventus in the second leg of their European Champions League quarterfinal matchup. The German Bundesliga side has a 2-0 lead after the first leg at home. Whoever wins the tie on aggregate will go through to the tournament’s semifinal stage.
Bayern recently won the German league on the weekend and did it with a record six games to spare by beating Frankfurt 1-0. It was their 23rd domestic title. Juventus has won five out of six previous quarterfinal matches against German sides. These teams also met back in 2009/10 with Munich handing the Italian side a 4-1 beating.
Juventus’ Quagliarella will be the man to watch for Munich as he’s scored four goals in the Champions League so far this season despite playing less than four full games. This is a big test for Juventus since they haven’t advanced past the quarterfinal stage since beating Barcelona back in 2002/03. If Bayern make it to the last four it will be their third appearance in the semifinal in the past four seasons.
Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes is obviously pleased with the first leg win at home, but knows his side has to engage Juventus manager Antonio Conte’s side or else they could end up losing this tie. If they lose 2-0 to the Italian team then extra time will be needed. If they draw or win they’ll go through. However, if they lose by three or more goals they will be eliminated. They can afford to lose by two goals though by any score other than 2-0 as this means they will have scored a crucial away goal.
Juventus will have to do without Arturo Vidal and Stephan Lichtsteiner for this game as they’re both suspended. They enter this game after a 2-1 win over Pescara on the weekend when most top players were rested2-1. It looks like Gianluigi Buffon will be back in goal while Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are back from bans. We could see Paul Pogba fill in for Vidal, but Sebastian Giovinco was injured on the weekend and will likely miss the game.
Bayern will have Javi Martinez back after suspension, but Toni Kroos could be out due to injury. Mario Mandzukic took a rest on the weekend, but should be in the team. Last week’s win by Bayern ruined Juventus’ 18-match unbeaten string in Europe. They’re undefeated in their last five at home overall. Bayern has won 13 of their last 14 on the road in Germany thus season and have allowed just two goals against. They’ve lost just once this calendar year, which was 2-0 at home to Arsenal in the Champions League. Luckily they won the first leg 3-0 on the road.
Juventus v Bayern Predictions
This is a tough match to predict. A 2-0 home lead can be easily overturned, but Munich should be able to at least earn a draw and advance.
Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of a Bayern Munich win at 13/8 with a Juventus victory at 7/4 and a draw at 21/10