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February 12, 2013 10:45 PM EAT
Celtic Park — Glasgow
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
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Celtic-Juventus Preview: Bhoys have won 21 of their last 23 Champions League home matches

Neil Lennon's side welcome the current Serie A leaders to Glasgow on Tuesday night aiming to seal passage into the quarter-finals of Europe's premier cup competition

By Ryan Benson

Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama with Georgies Samaras against Barcelona
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CELTIC

Forster
Matthews, Lustig, Wilson, Izaguirre 
Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew
Samara, Hooper, Forrest
JUVENTUS
 
Buffon
Bonucci, Barzagli, Caceres
Pirlo

Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Vidal, Asamoah
Vucinic, Giovinco

With Celtic currently enjoying an 18-point lead at the top of the SPL, Neil Lennon made a host of changes for the weekend win over Inverness in order to ensure fresh legs.

However, question marks remain over a number of players. Emilio Izaguirre (knee) and Georgios Samaras (thigh) had previously been rated as 50/50 for the match, but with Lennon insisting their treatments would be as aggressive as possible, starts look highly plausible.

Efe Ambrose will be available for selection, but his appearance in Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations final win on Sunday means he looks set to take a place on the bench, with Kelvin Wilson already highlighted as a probable starter.

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte has almost a full squad to pick from, with very few players missing for the trip to Scotland.

Giorgio Chiellini (calf) is still a few days away from a return, while Paolo De Ceglie, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner (all thigh) will miss out too.

On the positive side for Conte, Claudio Marchisio has recovered from the injury which had kept him out for a month, while Kwadwo Asamoah is back from Afcon duty with Ghana.

Meanwhile, Leonardo Bonucci's domestic suspension means he will be refreshed for Tuesday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • On each of the four previous occasions these sides have met, the home team has been victorious.
  • Twelve goals have been scored over the course of their last two meetings.
  • From their previous 23 Champions League home matches, Celtic have only been beaten twice. Both of those defeats came against Barcelona.
  • Like Borussia Dortmund, Malaga and Schalke, Juventus are unbeaten so far in this season's competition.

  • The Italians conceded just four goals in the group stages. Only Paris Saint-Germain have a better record, having let in three goals.
  • The Serie A leaders scored four of their 12 group stage goals from the bench, more than any other side.
  • Gianluigi Buffon (pictured right) is the only player in either squad who played the last time the two sides met in 2001.


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Available Squads
1Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
3E. IzaguirreDefender
15E. AmbroseDefender
6Kelvin WilsonDefender
21Charles MulgrewDefender
2M. LustigDefender
8Scott BrownMidfielder
15Kris CommonsMidfielder
49James ForrestMidfielder
12Victor WanyamaMidfielder
11Gary HooperStriker
24Lukasz ZaluskaGoalkeeper
2Adam MatthewsDefender
28Joe LedleyMidfielder
33Beram KayalMidfielder
-Tony WattStriker
36Niouoi LassadStriker
7MikuStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
13Federico PelusoDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
8Luca MarroneMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
39Nicolas AnelkaStriker
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