Capper Siding with Juventus at Home vs. Borussia M’gladbach as the Smart UCL Soccer Pick

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 5:49 PM UTC

Can Borussia M’gladbach revive their European campaign when they take on Juventus in Turin on Wednesday? Find out as we preview this Champions League clash and serve up our soccer picks.

Juventus Top Group D
It’s been a season of mixed fortunes for Juventus with the four-time defending Serie A champions struggling on the domestic front all while enjoying a bright start to their European campaign.

In domestic action, Juventus are enjoying mid-table comfort, sat 14th with a 2-3-3 mark and 9 points. They are 9 points adrift of league-leading Fiorentina, marking one of their worst starts to a domestic campaign in recent memory.

Fortunately, i bianconeri are off to a flying start in Europe. Last season’s runners-up lead Group D with a perfect 2-0-0 record and 6 points. And they’ll be in search of their third straight win when they take on the struggling Bundesliga outfit Borussia M’gladbach on Wednesday.

Juventus are one of six teams to have taken maximum points through the first two rounds of their European campaign. They opened with a 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad and then followed with a 2-0 win over Sevilla at home.

Home advantage for Juventus is key, they are enjoying a 14-match unbeaten home run in UEFA competition which dates back to a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in April of 2013. Given such form, it’s no surprise they are trading as the overwhelming -222 home favourites to win outright on the Champions League odds board.

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Borussia M’gladbach Pointless Through Two Rounds
Borussia M’gladbach are pointless through two rounds of Champions League, losing to Sevilla 3-0 on the road and to Manchester City 2-1 at home. It’s a disappointing start to their first European campaign since 1977/78, to put it mildly.

Borussia M’gladbach’s domestic campaign got off on the wrong foot with a string of defeats. They lost their season opener to Borussia Dortmund 4-0, then went on to lose to Mainz 05 (2-1), Werder Bremen (2-1), Hamburger SV (3-0) and Koln (1-0). The result of which was a spot in the league’s cellar and relegation woes.

Since late September, Die Fohlen (The Foals) have perked up, reeling off four straight victories in Bundesliga, beating Augsburg, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, the last match was a 5-1 rout and couldn’t come at a better time.

Overall, it’s a positive run of form. It might not have spilt forth when they took on Man City in round 2, but it might be a catalyst to a perfect performance in Italy against one of the toughest home teams to overcome in UEFA competition. They are a long shot soccer pick at +700 to win outright in Champions League betting markets.

Soccer Betting Verdict: Juve are buoyed by their bright start in the competition and they’ll look to win their third straight Champions League match over Borussia M’gladbach, a game that looks winnable on paper given the German side’s struggles in Europe. That said, the German side have nothing to lose. It’s a must-win game for them if they hope to revive their campaign and have any hope of emerging out of a tough Group D. it remains to be seen whether they can pull off the feat, which would mark quite the upset in Europe’s top flight club competition.

As tempting as the Bundesliga side looks on the Champions League odds board, Juve at home and at -222 soccer odds has to be the smart play on your soccer picks. Take the OVER 2.5 at -133 as an added value play as well.

Soccer Picks: Juve -222 and Over 2.5 at -133

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