Soccer Picks: Juventus vs. Celtic in Champions League

Steven Suarez

Monday, March 4, 2013 7:59 PM GMT

Barring a miracle of unseen proportions, The Old Lady will be moving on to the next round of the Champions League. First they just need to hold serve against Celtic at home.

Odds Overview

The soccer odds are what you would expect them to be. Juventus is priced out at 2/7, which doesn't offer much value to potential backers.

Another surprise win for Celtic is extremely unlikely, which explains their 8/1 price-tag that's been set by oddsmakers. A draw meanwhile can be added to your soccer picks at 9/2.

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Juventus

Following that first-leg domination over the Hoops, Juventus have had mixed form in their domestic results.

Four days after the European win, they lost 1-0 to Roma away. However, they righted the ship with a convincing 3-0 performance against Siena before holding Napoli to a 1-1 draw in a Friday Serie A clash.

Considering the circumstances, getting a point out of that visit was hardly a bad showing. After all, Napoli is in second place in the standings, meaning The Old Lady were able to hold on to their six-point lead.

Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic got the goals in the first leg, but this Juventus outfit has so many players worth mentioning. With a word-class goalkeeper in Gianluigi Buffon and one of the best midfielders anywhere in Andrea Pirlo, The Old Lady are looking like one of the teams to beat.

The Italians have also been terrific at Juventus Stadium in Champions League play so far this term. They tied with Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 but then demolished both Chelsea (3-0) and FC Nordsjaelland (4-0).

Celtic

The Hoops were given a hard lesson in the first leg, but they've been very busy since that humbling defeat at home.

Since that February 12th tie, Celtic has been involved in five matches. They pummeled Dundee United 6-2 and Dundee 5-0 at home, but had a much tougher time away from home in a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone and a 2-1 loss to Motherwell.

At least the Hoops got the job done in the Scottish Cup Quarter-Finals as they beat St. Mirren 2-1. Joe Ledley and Anthony Stokes were the goalscorers in the win.

Celtic will next face Dundee United in the semi-finals of the domestic competition. First thing's first though: can they pull off a miracle result in Italy?

If that's to happen, the Hoops will need to be extra clinical in front of goal for the few chances they're bound to have. That onus will fall on striker Gary Hooper, who leads Neil Lennon's team with 14 league goals.

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Champions League Pick 

The first leg really couldn't have gone any better for the Italians. They made the most of their chances, punishing Celtic for each and every mistake, and were disciplined as always in the back.

With a 3-0 advantage, Juventus can afford to sit back and play as conservative as they so wish.

However, that's not what the fans want to see out of their beloved team and we actually do think The Old Lady will comply with a couple of goals here in the second leg.

Celtic has had a memorable run in Europe, but this visit to Juventus will be the last chapter.

Pick: Juventus 2 Celtic 0 

Aggregate: Juventus 5 Celtic 0