It’s a battle between a free-scoring side and the best defence in Europe in the second semi-final of the UEFA Champions League, as Monaco host Juventus at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.

Juventus boast the tightest defence in Europe’s top club competition, with just two goals conceded in this campaign, and going against the French Ligue 1 leaders will be a real test of their defence.

This is the second match between these two teams in a Champions League semi-final; Juve won 6-4 on aggregate 19 years ago securing their passage to the final, before losing to Real Madrid in the final. Monaco won the second leg 3-1 in front of home fans, but a win wasn’t enough to get them qualified.

Leonardo Jardim’s men have a very good home record – winning 71% of their home games in the Champions League (22 out of 31). Among clubs to have hosted at least 30 games, only Real Madrid (76.5%), Barcelona (72.1%) and Bayern Munich (71.3%) have a better win ratio.

Kylian Mbappé has scored 22 goals in 20 starts for Monaco this season.

“Even Barcelona could not score in two games against them so it will be complicated for us”, said Monaco defender Kamil Glik.

Juventus, who advanced to the last four with an aggregate 3-0 win over Barcelona, were held to a 2-2 draw at Atalanta in a rare defensive mix-up in Serie A on Friday. Monaco, on the other hand, beat Borussia Dortmund home and away to win 6-3 on aggregate.

SportyBet have a home win for Monaco at (2.96) if you feel we’ll see a repeat of 1998. But Juventus, despite playing on the road, are still favourites to win at (2.42), while a draw in this tie is priced at (1.48), which is the likeliest of outcomes.

Les Monégasques have scored three goals in each of their four Champions League knockout games this season, making them the first team in the competition’s history to find the net at least three times in four consecutive knockout games.

In as much as they can score goals, they also concede many. Monaco have conceded 16 goals in the Champions League this season; more than any other team among the remaining semi-finalists. So, a bet of over 2.5 goals at odds of (1.91) on SportyBet in this tie is not a bad one .

Monaco boast of some the best young talents in Europe – with Kylian Mbappe leading that line up. The 18-year-old has scored 18 times in his last 18 competitive games and five goals in only four Champions League starts, as well as netting 14 in Ligue 1. Mbappe is the second likeliest to score anytime in this tie at (2.60), according to odds on SportyBet.

Radamel Falcao, who has scored 28 goals this season (five in six UCL games), is likeliest to score at anytime at (2.30), while Guido Marcelo Carrillo completes the top three at (3.35).

For Juventus, the top three to score at anytime are the front trio of Gonzalo Higuain (2.05), Paulo Dybala (2.55) and Mario Mandzukic (3.00).

Juventus star Paulo Dybala has scored 4 goals in 8 Champions League games this season

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Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe, midfielder Boscilia, and striker Guido Carrillo are out injured. Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is a doubt for Monaco due to a broken nose suffered in a training ground accident.

Juventus will be without Sami Khedira, who’s serving a game ban and defender Daniele Rugani is missing due to a knee injury.

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