Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Juventus 3/5 to beat Lokomotiv Moscow in Wednesday’s Champions League showdown

Competition: Champions League

Market: Juventus win

Odds: 3/5 @ Bet 365

Handed the chance to put one foot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, Juventus will travel to the RZD Arena in Russia on Wednesday evening.

Starting with the hosts, coming under more scrutiny for their sluggish display away at Ufa over the weekend, Lokomotiv have limped their way into November and find themselves enduring a recent blip. Collecting just one point out of a possible nine across all competitions, their recent struggles were epitomized by a 3-0 hammering at home against Spartak Moscow last week. Also throwing away a 1-0 lead out in Turin a fortnight ago and watching The Old Lady pick up a dramatic 2-1 win, Lokomotiv’s European issues at the RZD Arena will be a growing headache for Head Coach Yuri Semin. Suffering a 2-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid in their last Champions League matchup on home soil, the former Russia champions have also lost four of their previous five European matches in Moskva.

As for the visitors, once again leaving it late to snatch a victory off of Torino over the weekend, Juventus still find themselves at the top of Group D and are also yet to taste defeat across any format since opening the 2019/2020 campaign. Now under the guidance of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, the Serie A champions have won nine of their last 10 matches across all formats and will rightfully travel to Moskva as a favorite with the bookmakers. Landing back-to-back European victories, including their 2-1 win over Lokomotiv a fortnight ago, one man to watch out for in midweek could be Argentinian international, Paulo Dybala. Bagging both strikes against the Russians in Turin, the 25-year-old has four goals in his last six matchups.

Bet: Juventus 3/5 to beat Lokomotiv Moscow in Wednesday’s Champions League showdown @ Bet 365


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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