Monaco vs. Juventus: Champions League Semi-Final First Leg – Match Preview

Champions League surprise package Monaco host Juventus in the first leg of the semi-final on Wednesday evening.

Monaco moved a giant step towards the Ligue 1 title with a 3-1 win over Toulouse on the weekend, recovering from a goal down in the process.

In the Quarter-Finals they were too strong for Borussia Dortmund, progressing through 6-3 on aggregate.

Juventus beat the favourites Barcelona in convincing fashion, keeping clean sheets in both ties, qualifying 3-0!

Despite conceding a late equaliser away at Atalanta on Friday evening, they moved a step closer to another Serie A title.

Champions League form: Monaco W3 D0 L2; Juventus W4 D1 L0
Champions League top scorers
Monaco – Radamel Falcao & Kylian Mbappe 5 goals each
Juventus – Paulo Dybala 4 goals

Team news
Benjamin Mendy is set to be fit to start, however the other full-back Djibril Sidibe is unlikely to have recovered.

Fabinho is back from suspension and will start in midfield for the French league leaders.

Juventus will be without the banned Sami Khedira on Wednesday, with Claudio Marchisio likely to come into the team.

That change is likely to be the only one from the side that drew 0-0 at the Nou Camp.

Expected starting XI’s
Monaco (4-4-2): Subasic; Dirar, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Silva, Bakayolo, Fabinho, Lemar; Falcao, Mbappe
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain

Predictions

Result: Juventus (6/4 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-2 (9/1 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Paulo Dybala (19/10 with Coral)

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