Juventus vs Tottenham Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Massimiliano Allegri is seriously concerned over Paulo Dybala and his future commitment with “The Old Lady”, as the Argentine may not be fit in time for the first leg of a last-16 showdown with Tottenham Hotspur, whose absence can be crucial for Juve’s approach in both legs. Despite the seven consecutive clean sheets and fact Juventus have conceded one goal only in 16 games, Allegri will now face a completely different challenge in Mauricio Pochettino’s face.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Juventus and Tottenham, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
We expect a cautious performance by both sides but the Italians are those who hope to earn a better result from the first leg. Keeping another clean sheet, especially if the Bianconeri find a way to outwit Spurs and win the match, would be a massive result before the second leg at “Wembley”, so Max Allegri surely regrets his top player Paulo Dybala still recovers from a hamstring injury. In addition to an injury woe linked to Dybala’s name, Allegri can’t also rely on the key midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who picked up an injury early in the 7-0 demolition of Sassuolo, and will most likely miss both Champions League 1/8 finals. Claudio Marchisio may replace him one more time, starting in a central midfield trio alongside Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira. Stefano Sturaro can be an option as well, however Marchisio looks as a favourite to start in Tuesday night.
Update, 12.02.2018: Experienced Italian defender Andrea Barzagli is a doubt as the 36-years-old centre-back missed last training with a right calf injury.
Juan Cuadrado isn’t available too but Federico Bernardeschi seems to find in a superb form and the young Italian winger has recently scored first goal in a 2-0 win over his former club Fiorentina on Friday night.
Gonzalo Higuain is the one under the spotlights as the Argentine striker has scored the impressive amount of 6 goals in the last four games, scoring in each of them. Couple of days after scoring a hat-trick against Sassuolo, he scored goal number two in Viola’s net and thus guaranteed the victory of Juventus.
Spurs fly to Italy after an important victory over rivals Arsenal in the North London derby, where Harry Kane’s winner has boosted Tottenham’s confidence before round one of the UEFA Champions League duel against “La Vecchia Signora”.
Tottenham are still unbeaten in 2018 as their last defeat came in mid-December when Spurs lost 1-4 to Manchester City. Thereafter, Mauricio Pochettino’s men can boast themselves with 8 wins in 12 domestic games, including two home wins over Manchester United and Arsenal for the past two weeks.
Now Tottenham are back on the continental stage and the experience gained after winning their group convincingly (5 wins, 1 draw), being drawn alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, is priceless before the two-legged round with last year’s finalist Juventus.
Mauricio Pochettino has all first-team players in contention and even Toby Alderweireld played 90 minutes against Newport County last Wednesday, although it might be too early for him to start in a major game. The FA Cup acitivity was first start of Alderweireled since a 3-1 win over Real Madrid on 2 November, when he picked up a hamstring injury. Expectations are that Pochettino will field same squad from the North London derby, with Harry Kane on top of a 4-2-3-1 formation, supported by Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli, all pushing from second position.
Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier are favourites to start on the left and right backs, respectively, while Danny Rose and Serge Aurier are options if Pochettino decides to refresh the defensive quartet.
Meanwhile, winter signing Lucas Moura still waits to mark his Tottenham debut and the Brazilian, as well as another South American – Erik Lamela, can both be options if Pochettino needs to change his attacking formation at any given moment of the match.
UEFA Champions League: Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction and Betting Tips
Juventus are undefeated in 26 European home matches since April 2013, having 16 wins and 10 draws ever since. Spurs, on the other hand, have one win only in 8 previous visits to Italy (4 defeats), winning 1-0 against AC Milan in February 2011.
We believe that Tottenham players and their ambitious manager can put an end of Juve’s solid defensive performances so far in 2018, as the last time “The Old Lady” conceded was in their last match for 2017 – 3-1 win over Hellas Verona.
In the meantime, besides their impressive defending, Juve will take on Tottenham influenced by 11 wins in a row, remaining unbeaten (14 wins, 2 draws) since 19 November, when Max Allegri’s men lost 2-3 to Sampdoria in Genoa. Their only draws were two goalless games against Barcelona (UCL) and Inter Milan (Serie A).
The Bianconeri are on a six-match (3 wins, 3 draws) unbeaten run against Premier League clubs, winning their last three fixtures – most recently a 1-0 home defeat of Manchester City in the 2015/16 group stage. In overall, Juve’s home record with English clubs is 13 wins, 5 draws and 3 defeats. However, that’s their first ever competitive encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.
All these stats are making Juventus favourites but we will place a medium stake on the goal scoring markets – “Both teams to score – Yes“. Tottenham and their target man Harry Kane should not be underestimated at all, and Spurs certainly have enough attacking potential to score in Torino.
Possible Lineups of Juventus and Tottenham
Venue: “Allianz Stadium “, Torino.
Referee: Felix Brych from Germany.
Juventus FC: Gianluigi Buffon – Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Medhi Benatia, Mattia De Sciglio – Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic – Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi. (4-3-3)
Missing players: Benedikt Höwedes, Blaise Matuidi, Juan Cuadrado are all injured, while Andrea Barzagli and Paulo Dybala are both doubtful.
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier – Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele – Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players: Toby Alderweireld has been left in London to build up his fitness.