Monaco have a mountain to climb when they travel to Turin to take on Juventus in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
Having crashed to a 2-0 defeat in the home leg, Leonardo Jardim’s men are 9/2 (5.50) outsiders with Paddy Power to keep their chances of reaching the final alive by joining Bayern Munich as the only away team to come out on top at the Juventus Stadium in Europe.
Alongside Real Madrid, the Bianconeri are the only team left in the competition yet to taste defeat, and are clear 8/13 (1.57) favourites to reach a second final in three seasons with victory here.
The hosts were held to a 1-1 derby draw by neighbours Torino at the weekend, and there are odds of 14/5 (3.80) available on them settling for another stalemate in this one.
While much of the talk going into the game at the Stade Louis II was of the youthful Ligue 1 outfit’s free-scoring frontline, Massimiliano Allegri’s team stole all the headlines with a dominant display befitting of their superior experience at this level.
As well as scoring two important away goals, the Serie A champions set a club record by keeping a sixth consecutive clean sheet in the Champions League – holding Les Rouges et Blancs to only their fourth blank in 57 fixtures this season.
Having seen out their quarter-final victory over Barcelona with a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp following a 3-0 first-leg win, Allegri’s team are likely to put in a similarly measured performance in order to get this tie sewn up as well.
With this in mind, even odds (2.00) seem generous on Juventus keeping the scoreline to under 2.5 goals for the eighth time in 12 Champions League matches, at a ground where they have conceded just seven goals in their last 16 fixtures.
|Under 2.5 goals at Evens (2.00) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|