Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Juventus Stadium (Turin).
Juventus head into the UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash against Tottenham Hotspur are clear favorites.
Since starting the competition on a 0-3 loss at Camp Nou, the Old Lady pulled things back brilliantly with an unbeaten run in the remaining 5 matches to make into the knockout stages of the competition for a ninth time. They defeated Olympiacos 2-0 and Sporting Lisbon 2-1, while drew Barcelona 0-0 in the three home matches during the period.
On the other hand, Spurs are entering the knockouts of Champions League only for a second time. This time, they were grouped in a tricky group including Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund and they topped the group with an unbeaten run with 5 wins and 1 draw. Away from home, they beat APOEL 3-0 and Dortmund 2-1, while settling for a 1-1 draw at Santiago Bernebeu.
Old Lady’s form heading into this match is a solid one as they stretched their winning streak to 11 matches in all competitions with a 2-0 away win at Sampdoria last week. Besides, they kept 10 clean sheets in the process.
Form-wise, Spurs are also in a brilliant run and are coming on the back of a 12 match unbeaten run in all competitions. On Saturday, they bagged a morale boosting win against Arsenal in the North London derby.
However, Pochettino’s side have been sloppy in away games off-late. Their last three are draws and won just 3 of their 12 road games in all competitions. Besides, they are yet to win an away game against top sides.
Juventus vs Tottenham: Head-to-head
Tuesday marks the first ever meeting between Juventus and Tottenham in a UEFA fixture.
Juve are unbeaten at home in the last 7 meetings with English Premier League sides, 4 wins and 3 draws. The last team from England to beat them at Turin is Manchester United back in the 2002/03 Champions League.
Spurs have a poor record in Italian soil with 1 win coming from their 8 visits, drew 3 and lost 4.
Juventus vs Tottenham: Predictions
If you compare the overall forms, there is little to separate on first sight. But, Spurs have really struggled in recent away trips, one of those is a 1-1 draw against Newport with a full strength squad. Moreover, they haven’t won an away game against top sides in all competitions this season.
Juve’s confidence will be a step ahead and will be further boosted with their sublime home record in the competition. Their home record in all competitions this season is nothing but spectacular (14W-2D-1L). On top of that, their defense is the most reliable in Europe (14 clean sheets in Turin).
So, punters must have little doubt in backing Old Lady to win this tie outright.