Soccer Picks: Bayern Munich vs. Juventus in Champions League

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 1, 2013 8:03 PM GMT

The quarter-finals of the Champions League have arrived, with Bayern Munich set to defend their home pitch in the first leg.

Odds Overview 

It doesn't matter who the opponent is. Whenever the Bavarians are at home, they're going to be the favorites. 

That's the case here in this first leg against the Italians, as the soccer odds list Bayern Munich  -155 and Juventus at +420. A draw can be located at +265.

Champions League Futures Odd & Predictions

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Bayern Munich 

Next to no one could have predicted a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal in the second leg of Bayern's Round of 16. 

Luckily the Bavarians did enough in the first leg in London, helping them advance to this mouthwatering draw with Juventus. Bayern has also put together two consecutive league wins following that loss, pushing their lead atop the Bundesliga to an amazing 20 points. 


It didn't matter that Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, and Mario Mandzukic started on the bench. Bayern were rampant from the get-go, with Claudio Pizarro scoring four goals, Arjen Robben adding two, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Ribery getting on the score-sheet as well.Saturday was quite the day for the Bavarians. They absolutely tormented Hamburg SV in a 9-2 win at Allianz Arena. 

Such is the life of the German giants these days. They're plowing through all of their competition, though Juventus is on another level and will present a stiff challenge. 

Juventus

Since losing away to Roma, Juventus has gone unbeaten in six matches, which includes an excellent 2-1 away win over Inter Milan this past weekend. 

Fabio Quagliarella put The Old Lady on the frontfoot within three minutes, only for Inter's Rodrigo Palacio to even the honors up early in the second half. However, the visitors got the last laugh, netting the winner in the 60th minute off the boot of Alessandro Matri.

Similar to Bayern, Juventus has been able to build up a nice gap between them and second-place Napoli. They're ahead by nine points at the moment, with only 10 league fixtures remaining. 

A Serie A title is looking good for the Italians and that should provide them with no shortage of confidence as they approach this Champions League showdown.

Juventus' away form in the league has to be encouraging for their supporters too. In 15 matches outside of Juventus Stadium, they've only lost two times. Undoubtedly they'll need all the encouragement they can get against a strong world power like Bayern. 

Champions League Pick

What's not to like here? Two in-form sides who are both dominating on the domestic front should make for a fantastic spectacle.

Bayern is obviously a giant obstacle for any team to overcome, but they've also been susceptible on their home field at times. If Arsenal can notch a 2-0 win on the Bavarians' pitch, you have to think the Italians have it in them to do something similar.

When it comes down to placing your soccer picks though, we believe Bayern will scrape out a hard-fought victory. They know they can't afford to let up, given Juventus has the necessary quality to take advantage of any weaknesses or mistakes. 

Having said that, let's back the Germans to win narrowly in a match you don't want to miss. 

Free Soccer Pick: Bayern Munich 2 Juventus 1