Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Kick-off at: 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Atletico Madrid begin their 2019-20 Champions League campaign against the same opponents which ended their bid for last season’s crown at the last-16 stage.
Juventus head into Wednesday’s showdown at Wanda Metropolitano having been held to a goalless draw by Fiorentina at the weekend.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Prediction
The hosts have been on a stellar form in the comforts of their home where they are unbeaten in their last ten games. It is also worth mentioning that they have admitted defeat just once since the start of this year.
Furthermore, Atletico have come out on top in their last two games here and have scored four of their last five goals on home soil as well.
On the other hand, the away side had to share the spoils in their most recent outing. All of the clashes that the visitors lost in the previous edition of the Serie A were also in their trips on the road.
Considering that Juventus have not been able to get better of this foe in any of their previous two visits to this venue either, the guests will be able to keep hold them to a draw at the most as home advantage has been working its charm for Atletico really well.
Taking into account that the Simeone’s men have won each of their last two head to head meetings here with under 2.5 goals on the scoreboards, you can certainly rule out a high scoring clash unfolding in this one too.
Goalkeeper Jan Oblak is regarded as a doubt for Atletico having been withdrawn from the game with Real Sociedad due to a head injury.
Antonio Adan is on standby to deputise for the Slovenian, while Angel Correa is pushing for a start after failing to secure a move away from the club during the summer.
Alvaro Morata and Thomas Partey are both expected to miss the game with knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
Each of Douglas Costa, Miralem Pjanic and Danilo are unlikely to feature for Juventus on Wednesday evening after they all suffered injuries against Fiorentina.
The triple blow leaves Sarri with issues at right-back, with Juan Cuadrado potentially being used as a make-shift replacement.
Federico Bernardeschi and Rodrigo Bentancur are also in line to come into the team, although Sarri must decide when to hand Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey their first starts for the club.
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup: Adan; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Vitolo, Koke, Saul, Lemar; Felix, Costa
Juventus possible starting lineup : Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Bernardeschi, Rabiot, Khedira, Matuidi; Ronaldo, Higuain