Tottenham v Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 05, 2018
Wembley Stadium - Champions League
Tottenham welcome Italian giants Juventus to Wembley on Tuesday night, with their Champions League tie delicately balances at 2-2 from the first leg.
The first leg meeting between these two sides was their first ever meeting, with Gonzalo Higuain putting the Italian side 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes, before Spurs rallied through Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to be without two key players as his side prepare for one of their most important games of the season.
Midfielder Moussa Dembele faces a late fitness test on an ankle problem, but he is unlikely to make it in time, while defender Toby Alderweireld is already out of action.
Juventus also have an injury concern over striker Higuain, who has not played or two weeks due to an ankle injury, a decision on his fitness is set to be made close to kick off.
Italian international pair Claudio Marchisio and Mateo Di Sciglio are also both set to fitness tests ahead of the game.
Tottenham v Juventus Preview and Predictions
Tottenham's comeback in the first leg was a huge story from the first set of fixtures in the last 16 of this season's Champions League and they will be fired up to face the Serie A side in London.
Spurs' goal threat is their biggest asset, and in Juventus they will face a side built on defensive solidity - that suffered an uncharacteristic slip in the first leg.
The potential absences of Higuain and Alderweireld could be key here, if the former plays through the pain barrier he could cause problems for a Spurs back four missing their best player. If the Argentine cannot make it, then there is a real issues with Juventus' attack, as strike partner Paulo Dybala has endured an inconsistent spell recently.
The sense is that Juventus will still operate a cagey approach, despite needing to score to overturn Spurs' away goal advantage, and this may allow frustration to creep in for the hosts.
It is not in Juventus' nature to go all out attack, and Spurs will be conscious of holding their away goal lead, even in front of their own fans, and a draw - priced at 5/2, looks to be a good option.
Despite Tottenham being in good goal scoring form this season, Juventus' defence will not want a repeat of the first leg, and they are likely to be far more solid at the back - an under 2.5 goals bet is 4/5.
A 1-1 draw at 5/1
Tottenham will be hoping that Higuain is not fit, but even if he is, they will look to manage his threat and hit the visitors on the counter attack. The latter stages of the Champions League are uncharted territory for Pochettino's side, and he will want keep his side calm on the night.
Harry Kane to score first at 3/1
Kane has been just as prolific in Europe as he has been in the Premier League this season, netting seven goals in the Champions League. He scored the fight back goal a fortnight ago, and he is in absolutely red hot form currently.