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Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - Match preview
Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Juventus for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with no fear.
A trip to Turin may be scant reward for topping a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side have hit their stride in 2018 and will feel they have every chance of progressing against the Italian giants.
Spurs go into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Arsenal at Wembley and, in Harry Kane, have one of Europe’s hottest strikers.
The England international, who scored the winner at the weekend, has 36 goals in all competitions this season and Spurs will need him to be at his very best as they look for an away goal against a side that have been imperious at the back in recent months.
Indeed, the Old Lady have conceded just one goal in their last 16 matches in all competitions and Pochettino will know his team will have to be more ruthless than they were in the London derby if they are to get a result and claim a vital away goal from this trip.
How they got here
Tottenham Hotspur defied expectations by beating Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to win Group H.
Juventus finished second in Group D to Barcelona.
Defender Toby Alderweireld is unavailable but otherwise Spurs have no major injury worries.
For Juventus, Argentine talisman Paulo Dybala is a doubt for the game while Andrea Barzagli, Benedikt Howedes, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado have all been ruled out.
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - Key stats
- This will be the first competitive meeting between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.
- Juventus are unbeaten in their last 22 Champions League home games (W14 D8), their longest ever run without a defeat in the competition on home soil. Bayern Munich are the last team to beat them in Turin, back in April 2013 (2-0).
- Juventus have also kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 home games in the competition.
- Juventus have lost only two of their last 19 Champions League games (v Real Madrid in last season’s final and Barcelona in this season’s group stages), winning 12 and drawing five.
- Juventus scored seven goals in this season’s six group stages, the lowest tally amongst the 16 clubs left in the competition.
- However, as per last season’s Champions League, Juventus have allowed the fewest shots on target to the opposition (2.3 per game).
- Juventus have reached the final of the Champions League in two of the last three seasons. They have also lost the last five Champions League finals they have featured in.
- Meanwhile, Tottenham have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second time in three appearances after 2010/11. They’ve never progressed further than the quarter-finals.
- Tottenham are one of four teams still unbeaten in this season’s Champions League, alongside Barcelona, Besiktas and Liverpool.
- Among the 16 clubs left in this season’s Champions League, Tottenham are the only side (alongside Shakhtar Donetsk) yet to score from set-piece, all 15 of their goals coming from open play.
- Gonzalo Higuain has scored four goals in 27 Champions League knockout games (0.15), as opposed to 15 goals in 44 group games (0.34).
- If he plays, this will be Mario Mandzukic’s 50th Champions League game. He’d become the fourth Croat to reach that landmark after Luka Modric, Darijo Srna and Robert Kovac.
- Harry Kane is directly involved in 53% of Tottenham’s goals in this season’s Champions League, scoring six and assisting two of his side’s 15 goals.
- Massimiliano Allegri has reached the knockout stages in each of his eight campaigns as manager in the Champions League. He was beaten finalist in two of the last three seasons with Juventus.
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - Match odds
Juventus - 1/1
Draw - 12/5
Tottenham Hotspur - 3/1
All odds from William Hill and correct at time of writing.
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