Real Madrid vs. Juventus: Team News, Preview, Live Stream & TV Info

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistMay 13, 2015

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05:  Patrice Evra (R) of Juventus FC is challenged by Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League semi final match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday evening, Juventus have a chance to earn a place in the Champions League final for the first time since 2003. It is a remarkable achievement to have made it this far, but Italian football’s grand Old Lady—and her supporters—dream of going on to even greater glory in Berlin.

Standing between La Madama and that hope are none other than the reigning European champions, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid seeking to repeat last-season’s accomplishment. Massimiliano Allegri is fully aware of how difficult this trip the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will be, telling reporters this week, per the club’s official website:

It’s important for me and particularly for Juventus to be back in a Champions League semi-final. We hadn't got this far for a long time. Our objective this year was just to get out of the group.

Nobody could have imagined that we’d be 95 minutes away from Berlin right now. We were 180 minutes away from the final and now there are just 95 to go. It’s not easy and I think it would be an extraordinary achievement for us to reach the final.

The Bianconeri expect to be boosted by the return of Paul Pogba, although Allegri was cautious when discussing the midfielder’s fitness with reporters. At his press conference ahead of the Cagliari encounter (h/t Football Italia), the coach said it was “hard to say” how much help the 22-year-old would be against the Spanish giants.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05:  Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri looks on during the UEFA Champions League semi final match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Time: 8:45 p.m. CET (7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. EDT)

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK)

Form Lines

Last five domestic results:

Real Madrid 3-1 MalagaJuventus 2-0 Lazio
Celta Vigo 2-4 Real MadridTorino 2-1 Juventus
Real Madrid 3-0 AlmeriaJuventus 3-2 Fiorentina
Sevilla 2-3 Real MadridSampdoria 0-1 Juventus
Real Madrid 2-2 ValenciaJuventus 1-1 Cagliari

Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid: (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Rodriguez; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale

Juventus: (4-3-2-1): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio; Vidal, Tevez; Morata

TURIN, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Carlos Tevez of Juventus celebrates as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.
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Player to Watch

Carlos Tevez is perhaps the key figure to watch during this encounter, the striker having continually lifted Juventus in important moments over the last two seasons. He was undoubtedly the most influential Bianconeri player in the first leg, earning and then netting the penalty which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.

It was his seventh goal in 11 Champions League outings this term, and as always Tevez did far more than simply find the back of the net. Indeed, it was his shot—subsequently spilled by Iker Casillas—that created the opening for Alvaro Morata to net the first goal of the tie.

Juventus will once again rely upon the 31-year-old to deliver if they are to emerge victorious, and Tevez has consistently delivered in 2014-15.

Key Battle

If Tevez is key to Juve’s hopes, Real Madrid’s search for a hero might land on Javier Hernandez. A goal for Cristiano Ronaldo seems almost inevitable at this point, but it may fall to the Mexican striker to net a crucial second.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05:  Javier Hernandez of Real Madrid CF in action during the UEFA Champions League semi final match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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He has struggled on the fringes of the side, but notched four goals and three assists in his last eight outings following Karim Benzema's injury, that tally including a vital strike against neighbours Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final.

The task of stopping him will fall to Giorgio Chiellini, Juve’s bruising central defender who is something of a throw-back to a bygone era. He will relish the physical challenge presented by Hernandez, and will enjoy it much more than chasing the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as he was forced to do in the first leg.

Odds (via Odds Shark)

Away win: 3/1

Home win: 100/189

Draw: 3/1

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