Soccer Picks: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich in Champions League

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 8, 2013 6:46 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 8, 2013 6:46 PM GMT

The Bavarians looked a class above in the first leg at home, but a 2-0 advantage isn't impossible to overcome. Will Juventus make things interesting in round two of this heavyweight battle?

Odds Overview

Bayern's awesome form has helped them keep the favorites tag for this second leg, even in spite of the fact the match will be played in Italy.

Right now the soccer odds list the visitors at +155 to get the win, with Juventus at +190 and a draw at +200.

Champions League Futures Odd & Predictions

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Bayern Munich 

The Germans have already wrapped up the Bundesliga title and there's still six league fixtures remaining. So what that the season is still roughly six weeks away from coming to a close? 

That's just how dominant Bayern have been this term. They have a 20-point cushion on Borussia Dortmund right now, having lost just one time in 28 matches while recording an unthinkable goal differential of plus-66.

The deciding points came this past weekend in a tight 1-0 away win over Frankfurt. The hosts didn't go down without a fight, but Bastian Schweinsteiger scored a neat flick early in the second half and Bayern's defense proved to be too well-organized throughout.

With the Bundesliga crown already theirs, the Germans can now focus on adding more silverware, especially when it comes to Europe. 

Having said that, Bayern hasn't seemed nearly as menacing when away from Allianz Arena in Champions League play. As opposed to a perfect 3-0 record (and a plus-nine differential) at home, the Germans are 1-1-1 away with a minus-one goal differential. 

Juventus 

The Old Lady haven't quite won the Serie A just yet, but boy are they close. They currently lead second-place Napoli by nine points, with only seven matches remaining.

Four days after their first leg loss to Bayern, Juventus managed to escape with a 2-1 home win over Pescara. 

The match was deadlocked at 0-0 until Mirko Vucinic found the back of the net from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute. Six minutes later the Serbian got on the score-sheet once again to give the hosts a comfortable 2-0 advantage. Emmanuel Cascione's late goal for Pescara ended up being nothing more than a consolation. 

The focus will now shift to Europe, where The Old Lady face a humungous challenge at Juventus Stadium. 

The Italians have been incredibly difficult to break down throughout the season, especially when playing at home. In three Champions League matches on their own pitch, they've scored eight times and allowed just one goal.

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Champions League Pick 

We have to say that this price on Juventus at home is very appealing. They may not do enough to overturn that 2-0 deficit, but this is a world-class outfit we're talking about, one that's protected their stadium extremely well. 

The Germans were buoyed by a goal in the first minute, which gave the rowdy crowd at Allianz Arena even more energy. It was always going to be tough for Juventus to play their game after a start like that. 

Wednesday's return leg should allow the Italians to play a much more familiar style. They've proven how strong they are defensively and you also have to think Bayern will adopt a slightly more conservative strategy now that they have the advantage.

What a match this should be, but when push comes to shove we have to recommend a small wager on Juventus at a near 2/1 pricetag. Good luck with all of your soccer picks this week!

Pick: Juventus 2 Bayern Munich 1

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