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Champions League storylines: Can Tottenham get a result at Juventus?

| 13.02.2018

Man City are also in action on Tuesday

The Champions League finally returns on Tuesday night with the first games of the round of 16.

Juventus host Tottenham Hotspur in one of the most intriguing ties of the last 16, while Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Basel.

The Coral News Team have looked over the key talking points ahead of the action:

Will Spurs breach Juventus’ incredible defence?

Juventus have only conceded one goal in their last 16 games in all competitions. Even if Andrea Barzagli isn’t fit to start, Mehdi Benatia is a more than able replacement.

But Spurs are the third-highest scorers in the Premier League with 52 goals. Both Teams to Score is an even-money shot.

As Juventus are 19/20 favourites, Spurs may not get many clear scoring opportunities. They’ll need to make them count to get a vital away goal.

Mousa Dembele could be key

For all Juventus’ quality, they lack dynamism in midfield without the injured Blaise Matuidi. Mousa Dembele’s power could help Spurs to gain control of central areas.

The Belgium international was sensational in the recent wins against Manchester United and Arsenal. There aren’t many players around with his athletic gifts and technical skill.

If Spurs are to return to England with a result, Dembele will have a big role to play. The North London side are 3/1 to win, with the draw priced at 9/4.

Can City get the job done in the first leg?

As well as being 16 points clear in the Premier League, Man City are 10/3 favourites to win the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s side are still on course to win the quadruple. And with a hectic schedule, they’ll want to put their tie against Basel to bed early.

City are 1/3 to win, but there could be more value in backing them to Win to Nil at 5/4.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Daniel Anwar

Daniel has written about sport for Coral, Squawka, FourFourTwo and the Premier League, among others.