Monaco vs Juventus: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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The Italians will be heavy favourites to progress to the Champions League final but must contain their opponents' lethal attack

Juventus will hope to secure their second appearance in the Champions League final in three years when they take on Monaco in the last four.

The Ligue 1 side host the first leg of the semi-final tie at Stade Louis II on Wednesday night having beaten both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on home turf.

Falcao not afraid of Juve defence

As Barcelona found out, however, the Bianconeri will be a substantially more difficult side to break down as they seek to establish a lead to protect in the reverse fixture in Turin.

Game Monaco vs Juventus
Date Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time 19:45 GMT, 14:45 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Radamel Falcao Monaco Champions League

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and for free on BT Sport Showcase. It can also be streamed via the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 / Showcase BT Sport app

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Soccer 2Go.

US TV channel Online stream
FS1 Fox Soccer 2Go

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Monaco players
Goalkeepers Subasic, De Sanctis
Defenders Diallo, Fabinho, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge, Mendy, Raggi, Sidibe, Toure
Midfielders Bakayoko, Dirar, Lemar, Moutinho, Silva
Forwards Cardona, Falcao, Germain, Mbappe

Dijibril Sidibe is back for Monaco and could return to the lineup at right-back at the expense of youngster Almamy Toure, who has filled in admirably in his absence.

Fabinho is back from suspension and can be expected to be reunited with Tiemoue Bakayoko in central midfield for the first time in this competition since the last 16.

Potential starting XI: Subasic; Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy; Silva, Fabinho, Bakayoko, Lemar; Falcao, Mbappe.

Position Juventus players
Goalkeepers Buffon, Neto, Audero
Defenders Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro, Mattiello, Barzagli, Bonucci, Dani Alves, Lichtsteiner
Midfielders Pjanic, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Lemina, Asamoah, Sturaro, Rincon
Forwards Higuain, Mandzukic, Dybala

Juventus are without Sami Khedira, who is suspended, so Claudio Marchisio will partner Miralem Pjanic in midfield.

Otherwise the Bianconeri are likely to be unchanged from the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Barcelona, with their new 4-2-3-1 formation having served them well against the Catalans.

Potential starting XI: Buffon; Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain.


BETTING & GAME ODDS


Kylian Mbappe Monaco Champions League

Juventus are 29/20 favourites despite being away home, according to Oddschecker, with Monaco available at 21/10 and the draw priced at 5/2.

'Monaco in better position than Juve'

Gonzalo Higuain is the 4/1 favourite to score first, with Falcao and Paulo Dybala priced at 11/2 and Kylian Mbappe available at 13/2.


GAME PREVIEW


Massimiliano Allegri Juventus Champions League

This season marks Juventus' 10th back in Serie A following the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, and though their domestic dominance has become total over that time there is one trophy that they are still yet to recapture.

That is, of course, the Champions League, which Juve had not won in the decade prior to their relegation, either. It has even eluded Gianluigi Buffon, who had just made his first handful of Serie A appearances for Parma when the Bianconeri were last crowned European champions in 1996.

Antonio Conte was in the team for that victory over Ajax, went on to lose another two finals with Juve, became their manager and won three Serie A titles and is now in England and on course to win another league championship. Kylian Mbappe was not even born until 1998.

It has been a while.

While this year's semi-finals feature three of the four teams that have made the past two finals, though, it nevertheless feels as open a competition as we have had for some time and Juve's best opportunity to end that drought.

When Massimiliano Allegri's team made the final in 2015, they were powerless to resist Barcelona's attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and never had much chance. No team in Europe could stop them.

This time, however, they enter their semi-final against a talented but inexperienced Monaco team as strong favourites and, if they can progress, will have a team from Madrid waiting in the final.

Real are star-studded and never say die, but are not the whirlwind Barca were two years ago. Atletico are defensively spectacular but Juve are not bad in that regard, either, and have a star in Paulo Dybala to match the Spaniards' Antoine Griezmann.

This might be as good a chance as they get.

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