Bayern Munich - Juventus Preview: Bianconeri hoping to maintain quarter-final dominance
The Old Lady have won all five last-eight games against German opposition, but will be up against last year's Champions League finalists, who are in stunning form of their own
By Craig Turnbull
Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci
L'stiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Bayern Munich could welcome back Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who both missed the 2-0 second-leg defeat to Arsenal, for their quarter-final showdown with Serie A champions Juventus.
However, Javi Martinez is suspended for the clash, which means Luiz Gustavo should replace the Spaniard. Long-term absentee Holger Badstuber remains sidelined with ruptured knee ligaments.
Brazilian centre-back Dante and Philipp Lahm are in danger of missing the return leg in Turin on April 10 should they pick up a booking in this encounter.
Juventus, meanwhile, have concerns over the fitness of attacker Sebastian Giovinco, who was scythed down by Esteban Cambiasso in their 2-1 Derby d'Italia victory over Inter, although he has been included in the 22-man squad.
Mirko Vucinic is recovering from flu, which means Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are likely to be Conte's preferred striking partnership, although Vucinic could be fit to feature.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are walking a discipinary tightrope as a booking incurred here would mean they miss the next match.
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Bayern Munich go into this match in sparkling form having destroyed Hamburg 9-2 at the weekend. Claudio Pizarro grabbed four goals and two assists.
- In the previous meeting Bayern beat Juventus 4-1 in Turin to eliminate them from the group stages in 2009-10 season. Only Gianluigi Buffon and Claudio Marchisio are likely to survive from that starting XI in this game for the Bianconeri.
- Die Roten coach Jupp Heynckes masterminded victory over Juventus when he was Real Madrid boss, guiding them to a Champions League final 1-0 win in 1998.
- Juventus last lost an away match in Europe back in 2010 when they were beaten 4-1 by Fulham in the Europa League.
- Fabio Quagliarella (pictured, right) has netted four goals in 248 minutes of action in the Champions League.
The Old Lady have not reached the last four since overcoming Barcelona in the 2002-03 campaign.
Top 3 Predictions
Bayern 0-2 Juventus
- 16.3 %
Bayern 1-2 Juventus
- 14.66 %
Bayern 2-0 Juventus
- 11.01 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||11-Apr-2013||Juventus 0 - Bayern 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||03-Apr-2013||Bayern 2 - Juventus 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||09-Dec-2009||Juventus 1 - Bayern 4|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||01-Oct-2009||Bayern 0 - Juventus 0|
|08-Mar-2014||VfL Wolfsburg 1 - Bayern 6||BUN|
|01-Mar-2014||Bayern 5 - Schalke 04 1||BUN|
|23-Feb-2014||Hannover 96 0 - Bayern 4||BUN|
|20-Feb-2014||Arsenal 0 - Bayern 2||UCL|
|15-Feb-2014||Bayern 4 - SC Freiburg 0||BUN|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
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