"title": "Big Match Feature: Juve v Spurs",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Tottenham-171209-Celebrate-AI-300.JPG",
    "body": "<p>Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have never met before and both will know the importance of a positive result as they make acquaintance in Turin in the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n<strong>Catch the action live on SuperSport and live streaming on DStvNow.<\/strong><\/p><p>\r\n\r\nTottenham have by far the less experience of the two \u2013 this is just their second last-16 tie \u2013 but will not want for confidence having finished top of a section including holders Real Madrid CF and collecting 16 points, more than any other team in this season's competition. <\/p><p> \r\n\r\nJuventus finished second behind FC Barcelona in Group D but are in the round of 16 for the ninth time and have plenty of recent knock-out pedigree, having reached the final in 2015 and 2017. <\/p><p>\r\n\r\n<strong>Match background<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nJuventus<\/strong> <\/p><p>\r\n\r\nThe Italian side's record in the round of 16 is W5 L3. Twelve months ago they beat FC Porto 3-0 on aggregate at this stage (2-0 away, 1-0 home), having lost to FC Bayern M\u00fcnchen at the same stage in 2014\/15 (2-2 home, 2-4 away after extra time). <\/p><p> \r\nJuve opened this season with a 3-0 loss at Barcelona but are unbeaten in their last five games (W3 D2), qualifying for the knock-out stages thanks to a 2-0 win at Olympiacos FC on matchday six. <\/p><p> \r\n\r\n<img src=\"https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/content\/juve-spurs-head2head.jpg\"><\/p><p>\r\n\r\nAt home in this season's competition, Juve have beaten Olympiacos 2-0 and Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1, drawing 0-0 with Bar\u00e7a. <\/p><p> \r\nThat stretched the Bianconeri's unbeaten home run in Uefa competition to 26 games (W16 D10), dating back to a 2-0 reverse against Bayern in April 2013. That is their only European defeat in 31 matches at the Juventus Stadium (W19 D11). <\/p><p> \r\nThat Bayern defeat is also Juve's only home reverse in their last 24 knock-out games in Uefa competition (W15 D8), qualifying included. They won all three matches in Turin in the 2016\/17 knock-out rounds. <\/p><p> \r\nJuve are on a six-match (W3 D3) unbeaten run against Premier League clubs, winning their last three fixtures \u2013 most recently a 1-0 home defeat of Manchester City FC in the 2015\/16 group stage. <\/p><p> \r\nThe Bianconeri's record at home to English clubs is W13 D5 L3. <\/p><p> \r\nJuve's record in two-legged knock-out ties against English clubs is W5 L8. They have lost the last five ties, most recently to Fulham FC in the 2009\/10 Uefa Europa League round of 16 (3-1 home, 1-4 away). <\/p><p> \r\n\r\n<img src=\"https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/content\/juve-spurs-form-guide.jpg\"><\/p><p>\r\n\r\n<strong>Tottenham<\/strong> <\/p><p>\r\nThe Lilywhites' only previous experience of the round of 16, in 2010\/11, brought a 1-0 aggregate win against AC Milan (1-0 away, 0-0 home). <\/p><p> \r\nMauricio Pochettino's side collected seven points from their two away games in Group H, winning 3-0 at APOEL FC and 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund either side of a 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid on matchday three. <\/p><p> \r\nThe London club have nevertheless won only four of their last 14 European away matches (D4 L6). <\/p><p> \r\nTottenham's 15 fixtures against Italian teams have ended W5 D6 L4 (W1 D3 L4 in Italy). <\/p><p> \r\nThey boast a strong record in two-legged ties against Italian opponents: W4 L1. The sole defeat was a 3-1 aggregate reverse against ACF Fiorentina in the 2014\/15 Uefa Europa League round of 16 (1-1 home, 0-2 away); they beat the Viola in their most recent game against Italian opposition, winning 3-0 at home at the same stage of the 2015\/16 competition to complete a 4-1 aggregate success. <\/p><p> \r\n<strong>Coach and player links<\/strong> <\/p><p>\r\nFernando Llorente played for Juventus between 2013 and 2015, scoring 27 goals in 92 games in all competitions and winning the Scudetto twice and the Coppa Italia once. <\/p><p> \r\nLlorente scored Sevilla's winner against Juve on matchday six in 2015\/16, condemning the Bianconeri to second place in the group. <\/p><p> \r\nJuan Cuadrado played 13 Premier League games for Chelsea in 2015. <\/p><p> \r\nWojciech Szczesny made 132 league appearances for Arsenal between 2010 and 2015. He faced Spurs eight times (W4 D2 L2). <\/p><p> \r\nErik Lamela scored 19 goals in 62 Serie A matches for AS Roma between 2011 and 2013, with the record W1 D1 L2 against Juve. He was sent off in a Coppa Italia 3-0 defeat in 2012. <\/p><p> \r\nLamela was in CA River Plate's youth system when Gonzalo Higua\u00edn was playing for the Argentinian giants between 2005 and 2006. <\/p><p> \r\nToby Alderweireld scored in AFC Ajax's 2-0 win at Massimiliano Allegri's AC Milan in the 2010\/11 Uefa Champions League group stage. <\/p><p> \r\nHarry Kane and Eric Dier both scored as England defeated 3-2 a Germany side including Sami Khedira in a March 2016 friendly. <\/p><p> \r\nItaly, featuring Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, beat Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen's Belgium 2-0 in the Uefa Euro 2016 group stage. Vertonghen had scored past Buffon as Belgium defeated the Azzurri 3-1 in a November 2015 friendly. <\/p><p> \r\n<strong>Have played together:<\/strong> <\/p><p>\r\nMiralem Pjanic & Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyonnais, 2008\u201311) <\/p><p> \r\nBlaise Matuidi & Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain, 2014\u201317) <\/p><p> \r\n<strong>International team-mates:<\/strong> <\/p><p>\r\nBlaise Matuidi & Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sisssoko (France) <\/p><p> \r\nJuan Cuadrado & Davinson S\u00e1nchez (Colombia) <\/p><p> \r\nGonzalo Higua\u00edn, Paulo Dybala & Erik Lamela (Argentina) <\/p><p>\r\n<strong> Match Facts<\/p><p>\r\nJuventus<\/strong> <\/p><p>\r\nUefa Champions League squad changes<\/p><p> \r\nIn: Stephan Lichtsteiner<\/p><p> \r\nOut: Benedikt H\u00f6wedes<\/p><p> \r\nMiralem Pjanic will incur a suspension with his next booking. <\/p><p> \r\nHaving been held to a goalless draw by FC Internazionale Milano in their first game after matchday six, Juve have won their last 11 games in all competitions, conceding only one goal in that run. <\/p><p> \r\nJuve's sequence includes eight successive Serie A victories, most recently Friday's 2-0 success at ACF Fiorentina, during which time they have scored 20 goals and conceded only one. <\/p><p> v\r\nThe Bianconeri have conceded just one goal in their last 16 games in all competitions. <\/p><p> \r\nGonzalo Higua\u00edn scored his first hat-trick for Juventus in the 7-0 home win against US Sassuolo Calcio on 4 February. He was also on target at Fiorentina and has scored in his last four matches, six goals in total. <\/p><p> \r\nGianluigi Buffon made his 500th league appearance for Juventus against Fiorentina. Higua\u00edn's goal was his 50th for the Turin club in all competitions. <\/p><p> \r\nSami Khedira scored twice against Sassuolo to take his tally for the Serie A season to six \u2013 already his best total in Turin. <\/p><p> \r\nJuventus have reached the Coppa Italia semifinals, beating both Genoa and Torino 2-0. The Bianconeri won the first leg 1-0 at Atalanta on 30 January. The return is scheduled for 28 February. <\/p><p> \r\nJuan Cuadrado has not played since 23 December; he underwent groin surgery on 30 January. <\/p><p> \r\nPaulo Dybala has not played since suffering a thigh injury in the victory against Cagliari on 4 January. <\/p><p> \r\nBlaise Matuidi suffered a thigh injury against Sassuolo. Douglas Costa missed the same game with a calf problem; he returned as a second-half substitute against Fiorentina. <\/p><p> \r\nBenedikt H\u00f6wedes has been sidelined with a serious thigh injury since November and has been removed from Juve's Uefa Champions League squad. <\/p><p> \r\nBuffon and Giorgio Chiellini were both voted into the Uefa.com Fans' Team of the Year 2017. <\/p><p> \r\n<strong>Tottenham<\/strong><\/p><p>\r\nUefa Champions League squad changes<\/p><p> \r\nIn: Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura<\/p><p> \r\nOut: Juan Foyth, Georges-K\u00e9vin N'Koudou<\/p><p> \r\nSerge Aurier is a booking away from a ban. <\/p><p> \r\nTottenham have lost one of their 15 games in all competitions since matchday six, going down 4-1 at Manchester City FC on 16 December. They have won 10 matches in that sequence, beating neighbours Arsenal FC 1-0 in the north London derby on Saturday. <\/p><p> \r\nNine of the 24 Premier League goals Tottenham have conceded this season have come in the final 15 minutes. <\/p><p> \r\nHarry Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal with an added-time penalty to give Spurs a 2-2 draw at Liverpool FC on 4 February. It was his 141st game in the competition, making him the second fastest player to the century after Alan Shearer (124 games). <\/p><p> \r\nKane struck again against Arsenal, and has eight goals in his last seven games. <\/p><p> \r\nTottenham have reached the FA Cup fifth round with wins over AFC Wimbledon FC (3-0) and, after a replay, Newport County AFC (1-1; 2-0). Spurs will visit League One Rochdale FC in the last 16 on 18 February. <\/p><p> \r\nAlderweireld made his first appearance since 1 November in the replay against Newport on 7 February after a hamstring injury; Danny Rose (out since 26 December, knee) and Harry Winks (26 December, knee\/ankle) also returned in that game. <\/p><p> \r\nOn 28 November Erik Lamela made his first appearance since 25 October 2016 after a long-term hip injury. The Argentinian has since made 14 Premier League appearances, all bar two as a substitute, and has completed 90 minutes in both FA Cup games. <\/p><p> \r\n\r\n<i>Source:Uefa.com<\/i><\/p>",
    "blurb": "Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have never met before and both will know the importance of a positive result as they make acquaintance in Turin in the Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T21:37:25",
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