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Juventus Stadium

13/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

Tottenham Hotspur

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Juventus Stadium

13/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Second place in Serie A Juventus host the Premier League’s fourth placed side Tottenham in the first leg of this Champions League knockout tie.

Last time: This will be the first time the teams have met in a competitive fixture, with each side recording a friendly win in the last couple of years.

This time: Juventus are 11/10 for the win, while Tottenham are 17/5 and the draw is 40/17.

You might remember: Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen scoring the goals when Spurs beat Juve at Wembley at the start of August.

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Juventus take on Tottenham as the Champions League knockout rounds get underway

Both of these teams should be full of confidence going into this game, for a variety of reasons. Juventus have plenty of European experience having reached the Champions League final twice in the last three years, but Tottenham have been playing some great football of late.

Juventus are 11/10 for the victory, which would give them a fantastic platform to take to Wembley in the second leg. The Turin giants are flying high in Serie A just a point behind leaders Napoli, and have plundered 73 goals so far this term in all competitions. Max Allegri’s side’s only loss in the group stages was in their opening fixture against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and the Italians will fancy their chances at the Juventus Stadium.

Tottenham are 17/5 to pick up what would be a memorable win, and back up their victory over Arsenal at the weekend. The Premier League team were exceptional in the group stages, winning Group H ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. The only time Spurs dropped points was in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, and even in that game they were unlucky not to take all three points.

The draw is 40/17 and could be on the cards if the two teams are unwilling to commit too much to an attacking setup with the second leg to come. Juve’s average goal ratio in the Champions League is much lower than in Serie A – 1.2 compared to 2.5 – which is a sign that the Bianconeri are more cautious on the continent.

Even if Dybala doesn’t play, Juventus have plenty of players who are capable of hitting the target, not least Gonzalo Higuain who’s the 21/5 favourite to open the scoring. It’s not often these days that the bookmakers prefer anyone other than Kane to break the deadlock, with the in-form Englishman priced at 5/1 to bag the first goal of the game.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Sharp shooters. Higuain and Kane are two of the deadliest strikers in Europe, sharing 50 goals between them already this season. Juve’s No.9 is 13/2 to score two or more, while Tottenham’s No.10 is 11/1 for the same bet. They’re 33/1 and 66/1 respectively to bag a hat-trick.

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We fancy:

Both teams to score at 21/20. With the calibre of forwards on the pitch, it’s not hard to see both sides scoring even if the game is a tight and tense affair. A 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 looks to be a frontrunner when predicting how the game will end.

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It’s a long shot, but:

If the teams open up then there are lots of players who can find the back of the net. Juve put seven past Sassuolo the weekend before last and Spurs have scored 38 goals since the start of December, with an over 4.5 goals bet in this one priced at 9/1. Go over 5.5 and the odds increase to 25/1.

Written by Oli Coates

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