Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus
UEFA Champions League
JUV VS TOT MATCH PREVIEW:
Tottenham Hotspurs earned the respect of the continent’s best clubs after finishing top of the group which also had 12-times and the reigning champions Real Madrid and German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in it. Not only they topped the group, but Kane and Company finished the group stage unbeaten and the outstanding 3-1 win over Madrid giants at Wembley proved that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have finally come of age in this premier UEFA Club competition.
But Spurs were certainly hoping for a more favorable reward for finishing 1st in the group and Juventus were certainly wasn’t the name that would have been discussed in the meetings at the Wembley.
But the way Spurs performed in Italy, and returned with a commendable 2-2 draw from the Juventus Stadium after going 0-2 down, means the Old lady are second favorites in this return leg of last-16.
When: March 8th, 1:15 AM IST
Where: Wembley, London
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Tottenham – W D D W W W
Juventus– W W D W W W
JUV VS TOT TEAM NEWS:
Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t have too many worries about choosing his playing XI as Tottenham don’t have any injury concerns in this match. Only defender Toby Alderweireld is out of the clash as he continues to recover from a thigh injury. While former PSG man Serge Aurier is suspended for the match.
Lloris (GK), Trippier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Kane
Juventus will be without the services of star forward Mario Mandzukic who suffered a muscle injury in the game against Lazio. But the Old lady will be boosted by the returning superstar Paulo Dybala, who missed the first leg due to injury. While Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi are also expected to miss out.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain took part in training after missing the Lazio clash and thus has been included in the match-day squad by Massimiliano Allegri.
Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellini, Benatia; Lichtsteiner, Asamoah, Pjanic, Matuidi, Khedira, Higuain, Dybala
Tottenham Hotspur- 0 Titles
Juventus- 2 Titles, 1985, 1996
Head 2 Head- 1 meeting in official matches
Tottenham- 0 wins
Juventus- 0 wins
Tottenham – Kane, Alli, Eriksen
Juventus – Dybala, Higuain, Buffon
Some key stats:
- Tottenham have lost just one game at their temporary home Wembley this season. That sole defeat came against Chelsea in their very first match of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
- Juventus have kept 18 clean sheets in their last 20 games in all competitions. The Old Lady have won their last three games 1-0 heading into this match.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
After scoring two precious away goals in the first leg and considering Spurs’ intimidating home form this season, we are backing Tottenham to win the tie. However, Juventus have too many experienced players in their ranks, and the odds shouldn’t be slashed heavily against them. We are looking at a 1-1 scoreline in this match.
NOTE: THIS JUV VS TOT MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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