Juventus have made the Champions League Final in two of the last three seasons, but both times came up short against Spanish opposition as Barcelona and Real Madrid beat them. This season they will be much more confident about their chances against the La Liga giants, but first they have to make it to the final in Kiev.
They will be more confident for a number of reasons: They beat Barcelona comfortably in the knockout stages last season, although the Spaniards did return the favour with a four point haul against Juventus in the group stages. Secondly, they have seen Tottenham pick up four points against Champions League dominants Real Madrid in the group stages this season, shattering the illusion of invincibility of El Galacticos.
The Old Lady have reason to be confident about their chances on Tuesday as well. Their form at the beginning of the season was a bit sketchy, but the last few months have seen them turn on the style. Their 2-0 win over Fiorentina on Saturday made it 11 wins on the bounce in all competitions, and ridiculously they have kept a clean sheet in 16 matches in a row now. Their last defeat came all the way back in November against Sampdoria, with them avoiding defeat against Barcelona, Napoli, Inter Milan, and Roma since then.
Tottenham are in high spirits though. They beat their North London rivals Arsenal on Saturday to make it 12 games without defeat and push them closer to the Premier League top four. The fact they won five of their six group games despite being drawn alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will be a huge confidence boost as well.
However, away from home they have failed to beat Southampton, Newport County, and Liverpool in the last month, and with this being their first Champions League knockout appearance since 2011, they lack the experience that their Turin hosts’ can boast.
On the balance of things it’s very difficult to look past Juventus here. They are looking incredible at the back currently and they haven’t lost a home game in the Champions League since 2013. Backing a home win here looks the best option, and given their defensive record, a Juventus Win and Under 2.5 Goals bet looks a good shout as well, along with a 2-0 correct score predictions.
Gonzalo Higuain looks the most likely player to find the net too. The Argentine striker has scored in each of his last four games, notching six goals in total during this period, so we’re backing him to find the net as well.
Head To Head
Juventus and Tottenham have both won one and lost one of their two previous meetings, although both were friendly fixtures.
Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur Stats
- Juventus have won 100% of their last 11 competitive matches, keeping a clean sheet in 10 of 11 matches.
- The Turin giants haven’t lost a home game in the Champions League since 2013.
- This is Tottenham’s first Champions League knockout appearance since 2011.