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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW: Enormous clash between Tottenham and Juventus at Wembley - Who'll come out on top?

The First Leg


Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs recovered from conceding two early goals in the first half in Turin to secure a draw thanks to Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen's low free-kick 20 minutes before half-time.

Gonzalo Higuaín's brace inside 10 minutes looked to have put Juventus in command, and he should have netted his hat-trick to make it 3-1 but his penalty was wastefully drilled at the crossbar.

This allowed Pottechino's men to secure an away draw and what could prove to be two vital goals in their bid to reach the quarterfinals.




Domestic form


Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions, and crucially they have won their last 7 games at Wembley, including Saturday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

They have lost just once there all season to Chelsea at the start of the season in August.



Juventus

Juventus scored a dramatic injury-time winner away to league rivals Lazio on Saturday, which saw legendary goalkeeper Buffon run the length of the pitch to celebrate with his team-mates.

They are now just a point behind Serie A leaders Napoli and have a game in hand.

Their last defeat came back in November when they lost 3-2 to Sampdoria.

It's fair to say both teams are in pretty decent form coming into this crucial European knockout clash finale.



Team news


Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs will be without both defenders Serge Aurier (suspended) and Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) for the clash at Wembley on Wednesday.

Alderweireld could prove to be a tough loss, but Davinson Sanchez is expected to fill in at centre-back.


Juventus

The Italian giants are without former Chelsea winger Juan Cuardado, right-back Mattia De Sciglio and wide man Federico Bernardeschi, who are all out injured.

Apart from these discrepancies both sides have a fully fit squad to choose from.



Predictions

This will be a tight game, and I wouldn't put it past Juventus to nick a goal or even two, with Higuain and tricky attacker Paulo Dybala sure to pose a threat to Tottenham's back four, particularly on the counter-attack.

However, after Tottenham's spirited comeback their away goals could prove pivotal. Their home form is second-to-none and they have shown consistency through the campaign at Wembley.


Scoreline prediction: 1-1 Spurs to go through on away goals

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