Match date: 13 Feb 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: G/G
| Match result:
2-2 - Won
Juventus are on great run of 11 consecutive victories, tonight in first match of Champions league knockout stage they will host English side Tottenham and this should be an interesting game. These two sides met last time during last summer in friendly game when Spurs celebrated, however this is match of great importance and it will be much harder, Juventus had big ambitions in previous season for Champions league and reached finals but were defeated with convincing result by Real Madrid.
Juventus are strong and experienced team, they won six consecutive titles in Serie A but in Champions league weren't very successful in past two decades, now will have strong opponent in front of them and despite are marked as favorites it will be difficult to overcome great talented team here.
Home side are playing really great, they are most effective team in Italy while also have one of the best defenses in league, in last seven games they kept a clean sheet but here against Tottenham which are very offensive minded side will be hard to do that. Juventus are coming to this game after victory over Fiorentina in match where scored two goals but didn't impressed with their game, anyway i believe that this will be a great game but i'm not so sure in easy victory of Juventus.
Defender Andrea Barzagli (26/0), midfielder Blaise Matuidi (29/2), offensive midfielders Paulo Dybala (29/17) and Juan Cuadrado (20/4) are injured and won't be available tonight.
Tottenham on the other side are at 5th position at the table in English Premier league and can't be satisfied with that, they had some failures in this season but in Champions league were really great, in very strong group they ended at top of the table without single defeat above Real Madrid, here are coming after narrow victory at Wembley over Arsenal but they could score more goals and completely deserved all three points, here are facing with strong opponents and it will be very difficult to at least avoid defeat before rematch in London.
Spurs in my opinion can surprise and win this match, they have great team capable for great results, their problem is bench but for this duel can count on most of their important players and i'm sure that this will be a great battle. It will be interesting to see duel of two different styles of football and this is match we don't want to to miss.
Tottenham will have a difficult mission to reach quarter finals, not impossible but to outplay strong Juventus they must play really great, at least i believe that they can break really strong defense tonight, they are at third spot on scoring charts in England and they for sure won't change their offensive approach, off course guests mustn't rush things but i expect that Spurs can compete with Juventus here.
Defender Toby Alderweireld (16/0) is injured and will stay out of action here.
Great clash is what i expect here above all, Juventus would be satisfied with minimal victory, this team really knows how to save their own net but in front of them are opponents with some great young players which are hungry for success and that could be crucial, goals in both nets is what we should see and in my opinion both teams to score is best possible option for this encounter.