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Tottenham vs Juventus - Match Preview

05 Mar 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Tottenham Hotspur

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
07 March 2018

Juventus Turin

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 07 March 2018

The UEFA Champions League is back this week and after the first-legs of the Last 16 ties, it is all still to play for in most of the fixtures. Tottenham and Juventus couldn’t be closer as they drew 1-1 in Turin in the first of the two legs. The two sides face off at Wembley on Wednesday night and the visitors will be looking to match their opponents’ two away goals. Gonzalo Higuain netted the two opening goals in the first-leg before Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pulled Spurs level.

STATS

  • Tottenham’s form has improved recently in the Premier League and they are now firmly in a Champions League place. They are finally putting together something of a good run in Europe, they’ve struggled to do that in the last few years. Since they drew with Juventus away from home, they have got things done efficiently in the league: a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and a 2-0 win over Huddersfield weren’t spectacular but both got the job done.
  • Juventus have kept pace with Serie A leaders Napoli since the start of the season and after the latter slipped up against Roma on Saturday, Juve can capitalise and take top spot with their game-in-hand. However, their attention is set on progressing to the Champions League quarter-final and they will take confidence into the game after their narrow 1-0 win over Lazio.
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  • Harry Kane has taken his top goal-scoring form into Europe and only Cristiano Ronaldo has more in the competition this season. The Englishman has seven after as many matches.
  • Higuain is unsurprisingly Juventus’ top scorer in the Champions League and with his two goals in the first-leg, he now has four.

HEAD TO HEAD

The first and only meeting between these teams came in the first-leg and, as mentioned, it finished 2-2 thanks to two very good goals from Kane and Eriksen. However, Mauricio Pochettino would have been disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded two early goals. They were caught napping for the first as Higuain turned home brilliantly before some lazy defending from Ben Davies led to the Argentine being able to slot the ball away from the penalty spot.

Head to head matchess in UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage: Tottenham Hotspur - Juventus Turin

13.02.2018 UEFA Juventus Turin Tottenham Hotspur 2:2

TOTTENHAM NEWS

An early goal for Spurs on Wednesday would put them in a commanding position with their two massive away goals. They missed the defensive brilliance of Toby Alderweireld in the first-leg and he will miss out once again just days away from a return to first-team action.

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JUVENTUS NEWS

Juventus need to attack Tottenham from the start as they did in the first-leg without allowing the hosts to control the game as they did in Turin. Higuain will make his return after injury while Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi both miss out in the wide areas.

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SUMMARY

It really is a Champions League clash which could go either way. Spurs are favourites to progress because of their away goals and home advantage but they are coming up against one of Europe’s top sides. The big-game experience of Juventus might shine through and take them into the quarters although they are the underdogs for this one, something they won’t be used to.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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