UEFA Champions League Semifinals 1st Leg Predictions: AS Monaco vs. Juventus

AS Monaco players celebrating

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5:35 PM GMT

Radamel Falcao and AS Monaco face their stiffest competition at Stade Louis II in Monaco when they meet Juventus—a side which has only allowed 2 goals this entire tournament. Is AS Monaco on the pick line the best place for a winning pick here?

AS Monaco vs Juventus Turin  

France Ligue 1 leaders AS Monaco collide with Italian Serie A leaders Juventus at Stade Louis II in Monaco for Leg 1 of their UEFA Champions league Semifinals series. Oddsmakers have made Juventus +141 favorites over AS Monaco (+235) with a Draw +241 and the total at 2.5. 

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Juventus FC

GK extraordinaire Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus have only allowed 2 goals this entire UCL tournament. But now the Italian Serie A champions—unbeaten at Home in its L22 UCL matches—run into an offensive juggernaut, meaning Juventus may not be able to control pace here and when the first goal is scored in this leg could be massive if defense ultimately prevails over the coming 180+ minutes (and maybe more). 

 

AS Monaco FC

Manager Leonardo Jardim and AS Monaco have made its first UCL Semifinals since 2004 in high-scoring matches, especially of late with Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe and ASM playing in 7 straight matches with at least 3 goals having been scored.

 Monaco Weather, Expectations and Safe-Approach Picks

The TWC forecast for the Monaco on Wednesday night is calling for Showers early, a Low of 48° F with mild winds and a 30% chance of rain, so, that may be good for the visitors Juventus in slowing down the quick and prolific ASM attack. But actually backing Falcao, 18-year-old Mbappé and upstart visitors Monaco on the pick line, as well as the Over, seem like the best picks here on Wednesday.

 

Predicted Final Score: AS Monaco 2 Juventus 1Free Soccer Pick: Monaco PK -123 at The Greek & Over 2.5 at 5DimesFree UCL Prop Pick: AS Monaco To Qualify +210 at Intertops

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