The Champions League continues this evening and Juventus can gain an advantage in their last-16 tie by beating Atletico Madrid in the opening leg.
Atleti’s Metropolitano stadium will host the final of this tournament in June but Los Colchoneros’ hopes of still being involved by then are uncertain, with signs Diego Simeone’s time in charge maybe coming to an end.
Like Simeone, opposite number Massimiliano Allegri has twice led Juve to the final of this competition without lifting the trophy but last summer’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo suggests it could be their year.
The Portuguese ace is the competition’s greatest ever scorer with 121 goals and he netted four times in his last six European outings against tonight’s opponents during his Real Madrid days.
Ronaldo is a man for the big night and at 27/20 in the Anytime Goalscorer market, could be the difference in a tight game.
There is also a solitary Europa League clash and I fancy Sevilla to grind out a win over Lazio on their own patch.
Los Rojiblancos have been poor in recent weeks, winning only one of their last five but that victory did come last week in Rome as they triumphed 1-0.
Lazio backed that loss up with defeat at Genoa on Sunday and goals are becoming a real issue.
Simone Inzaghi’s men have not scored more than once in their last seven and that lack of cutting edge is likely to cost them tonight.
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