Old lady competing for three trophies
Juventus 2.0421/20 against Villarreal 4.216/5; The drawing 3.55/2
Wednesday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.
Live on BT Sport 3
After a slow start to the season, Juventus have found form and will now be looking to land some surprise silverware.
At one point, even a top-four finish seemed doubtful. Juve are now fourth the leagueeight points clear of fifth-placed Atalanta and just seven behind leaders Milan.
Juventus are unbeaten in twelve games in all competitions (W8 D4) and in Serie A, are unbeaten in 15 games (W10 D5). With the team ahead 1-0 after the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-final, Juventus still have a chance of winning three trophies, as the renewal of Massimiliano Allegri begins to bear fruit.
To a lesser extent, Villarreal also turned their season around after a difficult start. Their 1-0 victory Celta Vigo the weekend leaves them seventh in La Liga and very much in search of European qualification.
The first leg finished 1-1, with Villarreal hitting back after Juve took the lead. It’s a measure of Villarreal’s current form that Juventus are a relatively big prize to win at home, at a time when they are playing so well themselves.
That Sportsbook award from Evens for a Juventus win is too good to ignore, for a side unbeaten in ten home games (W8 D2). To this strong start to our Bet Builder, we’ll add under 3.5 goals at 2/9, who have clinched in nine of Juve’s last ten home games. Finally, we will add “No” in both teams to score in the first half market, at odds of 1/7, which completes a hat-trick at odds of 2.568/5.
Chelsea maintain form since penalties
Lille 4.47/2 against Chelsea 1.9420/21; The drawing 3.7511/4
Wednesday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.
Live on BT Sport 2
The champions of the Champions League chelsea will seek to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals, when they travel to Lille on Wednesday.
Chelsea already hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg in Stamford Bridge. This victory is part of a series of twelve matches without defeat (W10 D2), if we exclude the defeat on penalties against Liverpool in the final of the League Cup, after a 0-0 draw.
Ever since Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government, which cast doubt on the club’s future, Chelsea have maintained their winning path. They won 3-1 at Norwich in midweek, followed by a 1-0 win at home against Newcastle on Sunday.
Lille drew 0-0 at home Saint Etienne during the weekend. Currently sixth in Ligue 1, Lille are in fine defensive form, the match against Chelsea being the only occasion conceded in the last six games (W3 D2 L1).
With Lille having kept five clean sheets from those six matches, this could well prove to be another relatively close game. Chelsea’s form suggests they are good value to win at 20/23, with under 2.5 goals another generously priced addition at 5/6.
Kai Havertz scored the first goal of the first leg. He then scored four goals in his last three games. Adding Havertz to the score at 9/5 brings the overall odds for this Bet Builder to 11.34.