Champions League Odds & Game Preview: Juventus vs. Tottenham

Champions League Odds & Game Preview: Juventus vs. Tottenham

Written by on February 12, 2018

This week sees the return of Champions League action, as we head into the Round of 16, where 8 teams will advance to the quarter-finals after a 2-leg affair. The draw for this round served up some really juicy match-ups, with one of the most intriguing being the one that matched Juventus with Tottenham. Both eased into the round of 16 in some considerable style, and it’s always interesting to see how the different styles of Italian and English teams compare in these meetings. The Champions League odds favorite Juventus have been a dominant force at home in European competitions for many years, while Tottenham has had a limited amount of European experience in the past decade or so. The first leg of this tie will be held in Turin on Tuesday, with the second leg set to go in London on March 7. Juventus will be looking to put in a solid home performance that sees them take a lead into the second leg, but they will need to keep an eye on the counter-attack and Harry Kane in particular, as the England international is in devastating form in front of goal right now.

Champions League Odds & Game Preview: Juventus vs. Tottenham

  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2:45 PM EST
  • Where: Juventus Stadium, Turin
  • TV: FS1
  • Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
  • Champions League Odds: Juventus +102 (Over/Under at 2.5 goals)

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Key Facts

  • Sides meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition
  • Juventus is unbeaten in 26 European home matches
  • Tottenham was undefeated in group stage
  • Tottenham record in eight games in Italy: 1-3-4

Why Bet on Juventus?

Italian teams are generally built from the defense up, and you need only look at what Juventus have done in their last 5 games to see that their building efforts have been spectacular. They have won all 5 of those previous games, scoring 13 goals and giving up zero. That gives you an idea of just how tough it is going to be for Tottenham to go into Turin and come away with anything. It has now been 26 games since Juventus lost a European game in their own building, winning 16 and drawing 10. The Italians do still have the distraction of a Serie A battle to contend with, as they are currently second to Napoli, just a single point out of the top spot. Juventus have the best home record in the Serie A, going 10-1-1 in their 12 games played at home, scoring 30 and giving up just 4. They look to be solid favorites in the first leg.

Team Statistics

  • Games Played: 6
  • Won: 3
  • Draw: 2
  • Lost: 1
  • Scored Goals: 7
  • Conceded Goals: 5

Why Bet on Tottenham?

Tottenham can take solace in the fact that they were nothing short of brilliant in the group stage, winning 5 and drawing the other game in a group that included Real Madrid. As we mentioned earlier, Tottenham does not really have a rich history in European competitions, but in the games that they have played on Italian soil, they managed to go just 1-3-4 in 8 games. On the domestic front, Spurs are currently 4th in the English Premier League and out of the title race. The Champions League Odds are against Harry Kane and the Spurs. Their goal now is to finish in the top 4, which would mean an automatic berth in the Champions League next season, but the race is tight, with 5 or 6 teams essentially in the hunt for 4 spots. Tottenham have been okay away from home this season, going 6-3-4, scoring 23 and giving up 15. They will be looking to keep things tight in the first leg before heading home in a couple of weeks.

Team Statistics

  • Games Played: 6
  • Won: 5
  • Draw: 1
  • Lost: 0
  • Scored Goals: 15
  • Conceded Goals: 4

Possible Line-Ups

Juventus:
  • 1-G. Buffon
  • 15-A. Barzagli
  • 4-M. Benatia
  • 12-A. Sandro
  • 24-D. Rugani
  • 6-S. Khedira
  • 5-M. Pjanić
  • 7-J. Cuadrado
  • 11-D. Costa
  • 9-G. Higuaín
  • 10-P. Dybala
Tottenham:
  • 1-H. Lloris
  • 5-J. Vertonghen
  • 4-T. Alderweireld
  • 2-K. Trippier
  • 33-B. Davies
  • 6-D. Sánchez
  • 23-C. Eriksen
  • 20-D. Alli
  • 15-E. Dier
  • 29-H. Winks
  • 10-H. Kane

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I don’t expect that we are going to see a lot of goals here, as I expect Tottenham to play a tight, defensive style of football as they go in search of a tie in the opening leg. I do think Juventus will find a way through to back their Champions League Odds and get the W. Score: Juventus 1 – Tottenham 0