06.03.2018 10:00 - in: UCL S

      Tottenham vs Juventus: Match Preview

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      Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Last 16 return leg at Wembley

      The state of play

      Juventus and Tottenham head into Wednesday’s match all square after the North Londoners fought back with goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to cancel out Gonzalo Higuain’s early brace.

      That leaves the Bianconeri needing a win at Wembley or a score draw of 3-3 or higher in order to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

      Juve are no strangers to this scenario and on the eight occasions in UEFA competition in which they drew the first leg at home, they ended up reaching the next round.

      Tottenham, on the other hand, will look to make ‘home’ advantage count – albeit not in their natural surroundings of White Hart Lane, currently under construction – as they bid to reach their second Champions League quarter-final in history following their 2011 showing against Real Madrid.

      The story in recent weeks

      Since the 2-2 draw with Tottenham on 13 February, the Bianconeri have recorded three consecutive wins, all of which by a 1-0 scoreline.

      After beating Torino in the derby thanks to an Alex Sandro strike, Juve overcame Atalanta to reach a fourth straight Coppa Italia final, then capped off a positive couple of weeks with Saturday’s stunning last-gasp victory away to Lazio, when Paulo Dybala stole the show in Rome.

      Meanwhile, Tottenham too have enjoyed a strong run of domestic form, defeating Crystal Palace and Huddersfield in the league, 1-0 and 2-0 respectively, while booking their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals after a 6-1 replay win at Wembley over Rochdale.

      Juve in the UK

      Juventus have fond memories of their last official match in English soil, when goals by Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata sealed a memorable comeback win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage.

      Other famous wins in England include a 1-0 success at Old Trafford in November 1996, when Alessandro Del Piero’s penalty meant that Juve did the double over Manchester United that season, and a 2-1 victory at Villa Park in March 1983 as they knocked out then European Cup holders, Aston Villa, at the quarter-final stage. 

      The Bianconeri are unbeaten in their last three official fixtures in England, having drawn 2-2 with Chelsea in September 2012 – where goals by Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella cancelled out Oscar’s early first-half brace – and 1-1 away to Manchester City in their 2010/11 Europa League campaign, with Vincenzo Iaquinta on the scoresheet that day.

      Meanwhile, when you extend the subject to the United Kingdom as a whole, Juventus are unbeaten in four visits thanks to defeating Celtic 3-0 in Glasgow in February 2013 with goals by Alessandro Matri, Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic.

      When Spurs host Italians

      Tottenham are unbeaten in seven home matches against Italian teams, winning four and drawing three. 

      Fiorentina were the visitors at White Hart Lane on the two most recent occasions, both times in the Europa League round of 32 in 2015 (1-1 draw) and 2016 (3-0 home win). 

      Tottenham twice beat Inter in London: a 3-0 win in the 2012/13 Europa League last 16 and 3-1 triumph in the 2010/11 Champions League group stage, just months after the Nerazzurri had lifted the trophy the previous season.

      Later on in the 2010/11 season, Spurs would knock Milan out of the competition at the last 16 stage, following a 0-0 draw in London and 1-0 win in Italy. Massimiliano Allegri was in charge of the Rossoneri.

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