Champions League [Preview]: Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night.

The north London club showed great perseverance as they came from two goals behind to secure a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Stadium last month, and they will now be aiming to finish off the tie with a dominant performance at the Wembley Stadium, where they are unbeaten in 15 matches (soccerway) with a seven-match winning streak.

Domestic Form:

Tottenham have improved on their domestic form as the season has gone along, and they are presently occupying the fourth position in the Premier League, with a five-point advantage over London rivals Chelsea. Since the Juventus stalemate, they have failed to win on just one occasion, and that surprisingly happened to be a 2-2 FA Cup fifth round draw versus League One strugglers Rochdale. They, however, got their due reward in the replay, where they secured a comfortable 6-1 triumph at the national stadium, despite having two of their goals chalked off with the help of the Video Assistant Referee.

Juventus have likewise been in a rich vein of form in the Italian top-flight, and their pressure eventually caught up with leaders Napoli, who succumbed to a 4-1 defeat to AS Roma last weekend. As a result, the Bianconeri are just one point behind the Naples outfit, and they could potentially gain a two-point advantage at the top, should they secure a victory over Atalanta in their game in hand. Since drawing with Spurs, Juventus have attained three successive 1-0 wins with clean sheets. The most recent one came in a dramatic fashion against Lazio with Paulo Dybala netting in the 93rd minute of the game.

Players to watch for:

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur: The England international has already accumulated his career-best tally of 35 goals in all competitions, and he will be eyeing the half-century mark before the end of the season. The 24-year-old spurred Spurs’ comeback with a cool-finish past Buffon during the away-leg, and he is certain to create chances with more than two shots on target per game this term (ESPN).

Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus: Like Kane, Higuain is the Bianconeri’s key talisman. The Argentine scored an early brace against Spurs during the previous outing, but he spurned the chance of a hat-trick from the penalty spot prior to the break. The ex-Napoli man will be buoyed after earning a Argentina recall, and his link-up play with the recently-returned Paulo Dybala could be key to unlocking a resolute Spurs backline.

Prediction:

After falling 2-0 behind, Tottenham looked out of the Champions League contest, but their comeback would surely have boosted their morale. Spurs should dominate the play once more versus Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Juventus

One Response to Champions League [Preview]: Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus

  1. EpilepsyU says:

    We hear all this hype of Juventus being a powerhouse with pedigree and what not! Good heavens, are these pundits and former Juventus players saying Spurs must just concede the game and hand it to the more experienced Juventus? Give us a break people, Spurs did not just get placed at this stage of the competition, they played and qualified just like every team that is present at this point! Let”s hear what all these experts say at the end of the game tonight and the score is reading Tottenham 3 Juventus 1!