Juventus have been solid at home where they have been keeping plenty of clean sheets, against an inconsistent FC Porto side with a win against the Italian champions in the previous Champions League match.
Juventus find themselves 7 points behind Inter Milan in Serie A. The Old Lady have been very strong at home, winning by 2+ goals in 8 of their last 10 matches at Allianz Stadium. Andrea Pirlo’s side won 3-0 at home against Crotone before a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona. Juventus bounced back with a 3-0 home win against Spezia. Juventus’ last match was a 3-1 home win against Lazio. They fell behind in the 14th minute, but Adrien Rabiot equalised before the break and Alvaro Morata scored twice in the second half. Juventus central defender Giorgio Chiellini is injured with Matthijs de Ligt doubtful. Leonardo Bonucci should partner Merih Demiral in central defence. Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is unavailable, right back Danilo is suspended and attacker Paulo Dybala is injured. Ronaldo came off the bench against Lazio, expect the Portuguese striker to be fresh and ready for Porto.
Porto drew four consecutive matches in February before a 2-1 home win against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League. They were fortunate to see a late penalty claim denied. The Dragons returned to the Primeira Liga with a 2-1 win at Maritimo. They hosted table toppers Sporting CP, held to a 0-0 draw which saw the Lions maintain their 10 point lead at the top of the table. Sérgio Conceição’s side were then knocked out of the Portuguese Cup against Braga. They were 3-0 down at home before Otavio got one back and Braga were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute, but they couldn’t overcome the deficit. Porto’s last match was a regulation 2-0 win at Gil Vicente. Mateus Uribe and Sérgio Oliveira were on target with the result rarely in doubt. Centre back Iván Marcano is getting closer to a return but Chancel Mbemba is injured. Diogo Leite and Malang Sarr compete for a place next to Pepe in central defence.
Juventus have a 4-1 advantage against Porto with 1 draw in 6 matches. Juventus won three in a row before a 2-1 defeat in Porto on 17 February. Juventus have been very strong at home and can beat Porto while conceding and advance to the quarter-finals. It makes sense to stick with Ronaldo in the goalscoring markets.
PREDICTION : JUVENTUS WIN 3-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : JUVENTUS FT WIN