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  • 6 March 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: F. Aydinus
  • • Attendance: 39011
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Juventus - Celtic Preview: Hoops need a miracle to reach last eight for first time

Juventus - Celtic Preview: Hoops need a miracle to reach last eight for first time

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The Turin giants hold a three-goal advantage after the Glasgow meeting between the two sides as they look to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

  PROBABLE LINEUPS



JUVENTUS


Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso
Pirlo
Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Marchisio, Asamoah
Vucinic, Giovinco

CELTIC
 
Forster
Matthews, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre
Ledley, Wanyama, Commons
Forrest, Hooper, Samaras

With his side being three goals ahead in the tie, Juventus boss Antonio Conte is likely to leave out defender Giorgio Chiellini who made his return from injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Friday night after being out since December.

Conte also has doubts over the fitness of Martin Caceres and Nicolas Anelka (both back) and therefore probably won’t be risked for the second leg, while Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) all continued to be sidelined with long-term injuries.

Celtic arrive in Turin knowing they need a miracle in order to qualify for the quarter-final stages, but boss Neil Lennon has good news with talismanic striker Georgios Samaras returning during the 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in the SPL last Wednesday.

However, Scott Brown's ongoing abductor problems will force him to miss the trip, while Swedish full back Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus are unbeaten in Europe for almost three years, recording eight wins and nine draws, with their last defeat being a 4-1 thumping away to Fulham.
  • The Serie A leaders also have an impressive record at home in the Champions League, having only lost once in their last 29 games.
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal (pictured right) will miss the first leg of a potential quarter-final tie should they receive a yellow card.
  • Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the only survivor of the last fixture between the two sides in Turin, when a last-minute Nicola Amoruso penalty saw Juventus claim a controversial 3-2 victory.
  • Celtic have failed to get by the last 16 stage since the creation of the Champions League, falling at this hurdle twice, at the hands of AC Milan and Barcelona.
  • The Parkhead side have yet to record a win in Italy, having only recorded three draws in their nine visits to the country.
  • The victory Neil Lennon’s side recorded at Spartak Moscow during the second game of the group stages was Celtic’s first away victory in the Champions League in their last 21 games.
  • The SPL leaders fielded a side during their opening group stage fixture with Benfica that included 10 players making their Champions League debuts.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
-Federico PelusoDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
9Mirko VučinićStriker
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
34Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
2Adam MatthewsDefender
3E. IzaguirreDefender
6Kelvin WilsonDefender
21Charles MulgrewDefender
15Kris CommonsMidfielder
28Joe LedleyMidfielder
33Beram KayalMidfielder
12Victor WanyamaMidfielder
-Georgios SamarasStriker
11Gary HooperStriker
24Lukasz ZaluskaGoalkeeper
15E. AmbroseDefender
46D. McGeouchMidfielder
49James ForrestMidfielder
7MikuStriker
10Anthony StokesStriker
36Niouoi LassadStriker
Players to Watch
Claudio Marchisio
Claudio Marchisio
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The 27-year-old was outstanding at Celtic Park, where he controlled the midfield area, helping the Bianconeri to an easy three-goal victory in Glasgow to make the game in Turin almost meaningless. He will be looking to add to his six goals so far this season, with two of his strikes coming in the Champions League.
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 34
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The former Newcastle keeper has been in outstanding form this season which has seen calls for him to receive an England call-up swell. The 24-year-old illustrated his wealth of skills on Saturday, with a superb save from St Mirren’s Graham Carey to secure a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final for the Glasgow giants.

Prediction

The result in Glasgow makes this game nearly irrelevant, as the SPL leaders are unlikely to be able to overcome a three-goal deficit, while making sure that the home side don’t add to their advantage. Juventus should ultimately be able to see out the game and claim a place in the last eight of the Champions League with a comfortable home victory.

Editor's Prediction
Celtic 0

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