Juventus endured the heartbreaking disappointment of losing in the Champions League final at the end of last season, and their return to the competition didn’t go much better than that 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid. They lost 3-0 away to Barcelona, despite being able to hold their attackers off for a full 180 minutes last season.
With the toughest match of the group stage out of the way the Turin giants will be feeling happier though, and they have followed that defeat with three straight Serie A wins in which they have scored eight goals and conceded just one.
Going forward they have looked sensational in Italy this season, and despite a few blips at the back they have largely looked as solid as ever, despite the departure of Leonardo Bonucci in the summer. That is not good news for Olympiakos, because they now come face to face with a side who have kept a clean sheet in ten of their last 12 home games in all competitions.
Their record only gets slightly less impressive in the Champions League too, where they kept a clean sheet in nine of their 13 matches last season and conceded more in the final alone than they had in the 12 games preceding it.
Olympiakos aren’t exactly looking like an in form side at the moment either. They lost at AEK Athens on Sunday to make it one win from their last five games, one of which was a 3-2 loss at home to Sporting Lisbon in their first group game. That 3-2 scoreline was perhaps flattering for Olympiakos too, as they were 3-0 down until the 89th minute and never looked in the contest.
The visitors away record in the Champions League will do little to allay the travelling fans’ fear. They have lost seven of their last 11 away games in the Champions League and failed to score in five of them. Given Juventus’ rock solid back line a bet of Juventus to Win to Nil at 8/13 looks a good choice, and we’re also going for a 4-0 thrashing at 7/1.