Preview - Tottenham vs Juventus March 08 2018

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Champions League Round Of 16 Second Leg
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Juventus
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: D D W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.4
CL Average goals against per match: 0.9
CL Top Scorer: Harry Kane (7)

Last five matches form: W D W W W
CL Average goals per match: 1.3
CL Average goals against per match:1.0
CL Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuain (4)

First Leg Result: Juventus 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

This game may have had a markedly different complexion had Gonzalo Higuain slotted home the penalty that would have put Juve 3-1 up in the first leg. That failure to convert combined with Christian Erikson's 71st minute equaliser makes it advantage Spurs as the sides line up at Wembley.

The Italian giants are by no means out of this though. Now unbeaten in 20 matches, they continue to have just about the meanest defence in this competition and will likely be comfortable attempting to sit back and poach a 1-0 win to see them through. They have not been helped by injuries though. The pacey Juan Cuadrado definitely misses out, whilst top-scorer Higuain faces a late fitness test.

Tottenham however have only failed to score in one of their 23 matches at Wembley in all competitions this season, and should this game open up at any stage they look to have the greater firepower and may well put the old lady to bed.

We wouldn't be surprised should this prove to be the tensest of all the Round of 16 second legs, the longer it stays at 0 - 0 the more we would fancy Juventus for a classic smash and grab away victory, but overall we see Spurs getting on the scoresheet and that should be enough.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Juventus


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Aggregate: 3 - 4
Shots:  23 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 1
Possession: 54% - 46%

Refereee Szymon Marciniak kept himself busy at Wembley Stadium. Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele being booked for Spurs, and Alex Sandro, Miralem Pjanic, Medhi Benatia and Giorgio Chiellini seeing yellow for Juventus.

Tottenham certainly began this game with serious intent; Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen twice and Son Heung-Min twice, all registering efforts in the first twenty minutes.

Spurs continued to pour it on in the opening period and could well have been out of site by the time the breakthrough did come in the 39th minute.

Having missed to the right from a similar position just one minute earlier, Son went left this time and found the bottom corner with a scuffed effort, sending Wembley into raptures.

1-0 down headed into the break, Juve would have to score twice in the second period to progress, making Spurs the hot favourites to go through.

The home side couldn't add to their advantage at the beginning of the second half though, despite keeping the shot count ticking over.

Juventus are good at simply keeping alive in matches, and that survival instinct paid huge dividends here as in the space of three second half minutes this tie was turned on its head.

Sami Khedira had only just gone close with a header himself when in the 64th minute he found Gnazalo Higuain in the box. The Argentinian has made a career out of putting this sort of chance away and duly levelled the aggregate score-line, although at this stage Juve still trailed on away goals.

Three minutes later that away goal deficit was rendered meaningless. Higuain slicing the Spurs defence wide open to play in Paulo Dybala, who showed all his class to find the far top corner with the minimum of fuss.

Tottenham pushed and pushed for an equaliser to take this match into extra time, and very nearly got it. Harry Kane's 90th minute header finding the inside of the post before bouncing agonisingly along the goal line. They would get no closer.

Having had no fewer than 23 efforts on goal, Spurs can count themselves a little unfortunate to go out, but this was nevertheless a huge display from Juve on the road and the old lady advance to the quarter finals.

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