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CL experience could give Juve the edge

CL experience could give Juve the edge


Wednesday sees two more Champions League last-16 second leg ties take place with the one at Wembley undoubtedly the highlight.

Tottenham head into their game against Juventus with a fine record at home and a couple of away goals in hand after battling back from two down to grab a 2-2 draw in Turin.

Juve have not lost a competitive game since November and after being affected by fatigue during their runs to the final of this competition in both 2015 and 2017, have built their campaign around peaking for the end of May.

Massimiliano Allegri and his men are grizzled veterans at this stage and will be looking to exploit Tottenham’s comparative inexperience.

Spurs have conceded just once in their last seven games at Wembley and it looks set to be an extremely tight game in north London, between two teams known for their defensive rigidity.

The tactical battle between Mauricio Pochettino and Allegri means this game could be a European classic due to the tactical chess on show but both teams to score still seems tempting at 5/6.

Harry Kane is only 10/11 to score at anytime, while Gonzalo Higuain is 31/20 in that market, with Dele Alli and Paulo Dybala 14/5 and 39/20 respectively.

It would be foolish to rule Spurs out but Juve are the masters at showing the grit the Lilywhites have missed at times in recent years and the Bianconeri could just sneak the result at 47/20.

The other game is a more clean-cut affair with Manchester City taking a 4-0 lead into the second leg of their clash against Basel.

City have been brilliant in recent weeks but after a busy period, Pep Guardiola is likely to shuffle the pack.

Yaya Toure and Gabriel Jesus are amongst those expected to come in, while Sunday’s match-winner against Chelsea, Bernardo Silva, will again start with Raheem Sterling injured.

Bernardo was also one of the scorers in Switzerland and looks a handy 9/5 to net at anytime.

Basel have been regulars at this stage in recent years but are no longer the force they once were and will head to the Etihad trying to avoid another beating.

In truth, there is little hope for the RotBlau and anything but another City win to zero at 20/27 seems unlikely.

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