Tottenham vs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 7 March 2018
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Before a huge game, players and coaches are… obliged to be optimistic, or at least claim to be optimistic, it… comes with the package of preparing for a game. The thing is… what sort of language they use. The point I’m trying to make is that these last days, following Tottenham’s news, reading their Juventus-related comments, listening to them talk, I’m left with the impression that when they say they are “ready” for Juventus, they do mean it, 101%. They drew 2-2 in Turin, despite being 2-0 down just nine minutes into the match, so… you can only imagine the self-confidence that game them, drawing 2-2 at Juventus after such a horrible start, I repeat, at Juventus, not at some… “whatever” team. After that draw, they won both Premier League games, and qualified for the next round of the FA Cup, no matter if they needed a replay against lowly Rochdale. Be reminded, Tottenham have five wins and two draws in seven CL matches this season, three wins in as many games at Wembley, even against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Former Spurs player and coach Tim Sherwood went that far as to say they can win the Champions League. Win it, that’s a long shot. Make it to the quarterfinals, the way things have come, yes, that’s very-very probable.
A last-gasp Paulo Dybala goal gave Juventus a huge 1-0 win last weekend at Lazio, closing the gap on leaders Napoli to just one point, with Juve having a game in hand. The Argentine just returned from injury, and looked as influential as before. The way he is going, he will smash his own record of 19 Serie A goals for Juventus. He has 15, having missed several games due to injury. The Bianconeri threw away a… delicious two-goal advantage in the first leg, getting in serious trouble. Their coach, Massimiliano Allegri, talking after their win at Lazio, said that the Rome side actually defend better than Tottenham, explaining why it took Juventus more than 90 minutes to score. He sounded rather bullish, as if taking it for granted that Juve will score in London. Juve have won only three of their seven CL matches this season, lost at Barcelona, drew at Sporting Lisbon, and only beat Olympiakos in Piraeus.
Previous five matches:
Tottenham vs Huddersfield 2-0
Tottenham vs Rochdale 6-1
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham 0-1
Rochdale vs Tottenham 2-2
Juventus vs Tottenham 2-2
Lazio vs Juventus 0-1
Juventus vs Atalanta 1-0
Torino vs Juventus 0-1
Juventus vs Tottenham 2-2
Fiorentina vs Juventus 0-2
Tottenham’s next game is at Bournemouth, on Sunday (Premier League). Same day, Juventus will be hosting Udinese (Serie A).
Tottenham vs Juventus: Head to head Stats
Tottenham have never hosted Juventus before.
Tottenham vs Juventus: Prediction
Tottenham are considered rather clear favourites to win, but do keep in mind, they don’t need to win to qualify. I’m backing Juventus to earn at least a draw.
Tottenham vs Juventus: Betting Tips
Juventus’ double chance is at 1.70, and personally I would stay with that, not necessarily believing in Juve’s qualification, but yes, believing in them not to lose in London. “Both teams to score” pays a little better, 1.80.
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