Juventus V Tottenham Preview : A real test for Spurs
Event Venue: Juventus Stadium, Kick off: 19:45. BT Sport.See Stats
Spurs have wanted to push on and become a major European player for a few years now and with the team they have, many believe they can. The stadium will also match the ambition next season, but coming up against last season's Champions League finalists, Juventus, in the knockout stages is a stern test of where they are at. Spurs beat the Italian giants in preseason with Harry Kane scoring; will lightning strike twice for the white half of north London? They'll need a result in Italy first.
While the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have plied their trade at White Hart Lane and have now gone on to win the Champions League elsewhere, Spurs have been stuck in the same spot for a few years. They're an exciting team, but can they really trouble Europe's elite? Their form - especially away from home - against the top six in the Premier League has been shaky to say the least. However, Harry Kane scored more goals in 2017 than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and has a viable claim to be Europe's deadliest striker. In fact, this term, he is only one goal short of bagging one goal a game. With Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min for support behind him, Spurs have it in them to do what Barcelona couldn't do over two legs last season - break Juventus down. Will they get that away goal though?
Well, Juventus will take some stopping. They've won their last six games in a row scoring 14 goals and conceding none in the process. That, quite frankly, is ridiculous form. However, one could argue that they have not played any of Italy's real elite during that run and they still sit second in Serie A to Napoli as they chase their seventh top-flight title in a row. With Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, they legitimately have one of the finest attacks in Europe that will be a danger for any side. Of course, Gianluigi Buffon is a calming veteran presence in goal and with Giorgio Chiellini in front of him, Juve have the experience and class that Spurs can't say they boast. They know how to negotiate these kind of ties and with the way that they are playing, they have to be the favourites.
Tottenham are a match for any side in Europe on their night, but one has to think in Italy, Juventus are the favourites to take a slender lead to London in the second leg. Juventus to win 1-0 has a good ring to it and given their recent defensive heroics, we like it.
- Spurs are unbeaten in their last six with three wins and three draws
- Spurs have beaten Man United and Arsenal during that run
- Juventus have won six games in a row
- During that run, Juve have scored 14 and conceded none
- Juventus lost in the Champions League final last season to Real Madrid
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