Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After dropping a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid, Juventus will be looking to return to winning ways in the Champions League when they host Bayer Leverkusen at their Allianz Stadium. The Bianconeri have turned their stadium into a real fortress and it has to be noted that they are undefeated in previous 23 home games in the Serie A.
Despite the fact that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to miss the match with injury, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Maurizio Sarri’s troops. Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Lokomotiv Moscow at their BayArena and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Juve’s party at Allianz Stadium. In Ronaldo’s absence, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Federico Bernardeschi.
Highlighted Player (Leonardo Bonucci):
Over the years Leonardo Bonucci has established himself as one of Juve’s key defenders. The 190-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a right back as well, was born in Viterbo on 1 May, 1987 and he started his senior career at Inter. However, he made no more than one league appearance for the Nerrazzurri between 2005 and 2009.
After ending his loan spells with the likes of Treviso and Pisa, he joined Bari in 2009 and he scored one goal in 38 league games for the club. Juventus signed him in July, 2010 for a fee of €15.5 million. Leonardo Bonucci won his fifth Scudetto with Juve in the 2015/2016 season and he played in the 2014/2015 Champions League final against Barcelona. However, the Bianconeri were beaten by Barca in the title game.
Bonucci made his Italy debut on 3 March, 2010 and two years later he participated in the Euro 2012 final against Spain. The Azzurri were hammered by Vicente del Bosque’s troops 4-0 in the Olympic Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Bayer Leverkusen):
Bayer 04 Leverkusen is a German football club from the city Leverkusen in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The home kit of Bayer Leverkusen is black and red. The club is playing his home games in the Bay Arena.
Bayer Leverkusen started to play in the Bundesliga from season 1979/1980. In 1988 Bayer Leverkusen managed to win the UEFA Cup by beating Espanyol in the final with 1-0. In the national league Bayer Leverkusen has been the most successful in the last couple of years with the 2nd place as their best performance.
Bayer Leverkusen never managed to win the league title. The current biggest rival of Bayer Leverkusen is 1. Koln. Next to football Bayer Leverkusen has a volleyball and basketball division as well. Currently Bayer Leverkusen is one of the biggest teams in the Bundesliga. Known players that played for Bayer Leverkusen are: Michael Ballack, Rudi Voller, Lucio and Arturo Vidal.