Lokomotiv Moscow vs Juventus F.C. UCL Soccer Las Vegas Sports Betting Predictions
|Betting Odds & Stats|
|+490 (-130)||Spread||-154 (110)|
|Over 2.5 (-120)||Total||Under 2.5 (100)|
|Lokomotiv Moscow FC||Score and stat||Juventus|
Reason for Lokomotiv Moscow vs Juventus UEFA Champions League
|Lokomotiv Moscow +490|
At home, it’s three losses in Lokomotiv’s last five competitive home matches (W2), with the Russians failing to score in their last two defeats here. The hosts have also scored over 1.5 goals in just three of their eight competitive home matches this season, but have at least netted the opener in four of those fixtures, winning three when doing so (W3, D1).
Lokomotiv Moscow are into third in this group, with their win at Bayer Leverkusen putting them on course for the Europa League. With the hosts coming into this one following a three-game winless run, we don’t have high hopes for them. Their Champions League record is even worse, with the hosts losing eight of their last 10 games in this competition.
A 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture started a three-game winless streak for Lokomotiv Moscow (D1, L2 - in all competitions), their longest such run this season. They’ve also lost their last two UEFA Champions League (UCL) games, conceding twice in each.
Dimitri Barinov will incur a one-match ban in the Champions League with his next booking in the competition. Lokomotiv Moscow are still expected to be without five players through injury when they welcome Juventus on Wednesday. Anton Miranchuk and Fedor Smolov are the closest of those players to return.
Key Player: Aleksey Miranchuk (LOK) has scored seven competitive goals this season, including a first-half opener in the last H2H. He scored his last three goals before half-time.
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Juventus beat Torino 1-0 on Saturday in the Derby della Mole (1-0), and have now scored less than 2.5 goals in 12 of their 14 competitive matches this season. One of those two exceptions was their UCL home victory versus Bayer Leverkusen (3-0).
Juventus are trying to turn around their own form, with the visitors winless in their last four away trips in this competition. They nearly changed that when they raced into a 2-0 lead at Atletico, but they drew that one 2-2. However, Maurizio Sarri’s men have impressed in this group so far and they could get back to winning ways this week.
We are backing Juve to pull off another victory to keep this streak going when they head to Moscow this week. The Italian champions are doing just enough to win big games, following victories at rivals Inter Milan and Torino in recent trips. That form should fire them to a win against a side who have such a poor Champions League record of late.
Despite that low-scoring nature, Juventus have won 11 of those 14 matches (D3) thanks to a defence that has conceded over 1.5 goals on only two occasions (W1, D1), including their only UCL away fixture this term (2-2 vs Atlético Madrid).
Juan Cuadrado is suspended for one match after reaching the limit for yellow cards (3) in the Champions League this season. Danilo will get a start at right-back as a result. Mattia De Sciglio, Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic have overcome recent injuries to offer Maurizio Sarri more options.
Key Player: Paulo Dybala (JUV) has netted four competitive goals this term, including a second-half brace in the reverse fixture (2-1).
|The Pick: Juventus -154, Over 2.5|