Juventus vs. Tottenham / Champions League – Here we have the first major clash in the round of 16 of Champions League. On Tuesday evening vice-champion of England Tottenham meets in Turin six-time champion of Italy and last year’s finalist of this competition Juventus. The Old Lady from Turin had ended the group phase as second in the table right behind Barcelona, while the Spurs had done better even then reigning champion of Europe, Real Madrid. Let’s add that this is the first match between the two teams. Begins: 13.02.2018 – 20:45 CET
Vice-champions of Europe are in very good mood ahead of this match given they have 11-game winning streak. Juventus lost the last time around end of November last year to Sampdoria away in the Serie A. The Old Lady currently occupies the second place in the table and has just one point fewer than leading Napoli. They recently made a important step toward reaching the final of the Coppa Italia, as they won the 1st semi-final leg against Atalanta in Bergamo.
After that they totally outclassed Sassuolo at home in the league by even 7-0, while last weekend they won Fioretina away 2-0. We need to stress that Juventus conceded just one goal in last 16 matches. We have said before that Juventus finished the group phase as second in the group, behind leading Barcelona and ahead of Sporting and Olympiacos. Let’s add that due to injuries this match will skip midfielder Matuidi and forward Cuadrado, while not fully recovered stopper Barzagli and forward Dybale are questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Juventus: Buffon – de Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Khedira, Pjanic, Marchisio – Douglas Costa, Higuain, Mandzukic
We have said in the introduction that the guests from London who are vice-champions of England had ended the group phase as first placed team in the table. Tottenham left behind reigning champion of Europe Real Madrid, excellent Borussia Dortmun and Cyprot APOEL. Out of six matches of the group phase the Spuers won even five and drew just one, with Real in Madrid and fully deservedly reached the round of 16. However, they didn’t have too much luck as the draw assigned them vice-champion of Europe, Juventus.
However, Tottenham people stated they are not afraid from the Old Lady from Turin and that will try in the 1st leg to make a good result with their recognisable play style. On top of it, Tottenham has great 12-game unbeaten streak of eight wins and four draws, which propelled them to the fourth place in the Premiership and round of 16 of the FA Cup. Let’s add that manager Pochettino didn’t bring to Turin only not fully recovered stopper Alderweireld.
Probable lineups Tottenham: Lloris – Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies – Wanyama, Dier, Dembele – Alli, Eriksen – Kane
Juventus – Tottenham PICK
Although the Spurs are in very good shape and have masterly done the group phase of the Champoins League, we have nevertheless decided to given advantage in the 1st round of 16 leg to the Old Lady from Turin, mostly due to fact that it has far more experienced in this competition than Tottenham.
Pick: Juventus wins
Odds: 2.00 at bet365 (down to 1.75 can be played)