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Juventus v Celtic: Italians massive value to win both halves again

| 06.03.2013

After recording a comfortable 3-0 win at Celtic Park in the first leg of this tie, Juventus are strong 1/3 favourites to claim victory in the second leg too.

Carrying such a significant advantage into the tie, the fact that the Old Lady could afford to lose by a goal or two should still not be enough to encourage punters to back Celtic at 8/1 here.

Instead, the 19/10 on Juve winning both halves looks a standout bet, and is terrific value considering the Italians carried a 1-0 advantage into the break when the sides last met.

They also won either half in two of their Champions League group games, both of which were played in Turin.

And considering that a dominant triumph for the hosts should be expected again, betting on handicap markets could also represent a tempting profit-making method.

It is 9/10 that Juventus, whose last three wins in all competitions have come by a two-goal margin or more, win the match giving up a goal head-start.

But it is worth noting that Antonio Conte’s men would have beaten a two-goal handicap in three of their seven European games so far this season too.

Beginning with a theoretical two-strike disadvantage, the runaway Serie A leaders are 11/5 to still come out on top in 90 minutes.

And those feeling the hosts can rack up a significant amount of goals on their own turf may also look to the total result market in search of a payout.

The top scorers in their domestic league, Juve are 1/1 to win a game featuring at least 2.5 goals, and that looks to have a tremendous chance.

Conte could rotate his side somewhat meanwhile, which could lead to wariness among punters plotting a first scorer bet.

If Nicolas Anelka gets the nod though, the Frenchman may be worth investment as a 4/1 chance to hit the 29th European goal of his illustrious career with the opener.

Meanwhile, If Celtic score the first goal of the game, all losing first goalscorer bets will be refunded as a free bet.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee