Champions League Preview: Juventus - Bayern Munich
Jupp Heynckes' side lifted its 23rd domestic title on Saturday and is in pole position to progress to the last four of the Champions League against Antonio Conte's men
By Craig Turnbull
Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
Padoin, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Juventus will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal for the second leg clash in Turin following their first-leg bookings, as the Bianconeri look to overturn a 2-0 deficit against newly-crowned German champions Bayern Munich.
The bulk of the Old Lady's starting XI were rested at the weekend which means there could be up to seven changes to the side that beat Pescara 2-1. Gianluigi Buffon should return, while Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are welcomed back from their domestic suspensions, meaning the back four that has served Juve so well this season will be unchanged.
Federico Peluso is likely to start ahead of Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah, who has suffered indifferent form since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Simone Padoin could fill the right wing-back slot while Paul Pogba is in contention to start in place of the suspended Vidal.
Mirko Vucinic has fully recovered from illness but Sebastian Giovinco will miss the match after being stretchered off on Saturday, leaving Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri to battle it out for the remaining place upfront.
Javi Martinez is available again for Bayern after being suspended for the first leg, but Toni Kroos injured his adductor in Munich which means there is likely to be a reshuffle in attack, with Arjen Robben wide on the right, Thomas Muller drifting inside to occupy the No.10 role and Franck Ribery wide left.
Mario Mandzukic was rested against Frankfurt at the weekend but he is likely to start again against Antonio Conte's men.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Juventus' 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg encounter ensured its 18-game undefeated sequence came to an end in the Champions League.
- The Bianconeri have not lost in their last five games at Juventus Stadium and Emmanuel Cascione's strike at the weekend for Pescara ended Juve's 465-minute run without conceding at home.
- Juventus managed a 2-0 comeback earlier in the group stages when they came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Fabio Quagliarella (pictured, right) got the equalizer 10 minutes from time.
- Bayern Munich wrapped up its 22nd Bundesliga (23rd title) with a record six matches to spare thanks to their 1-0 win over Frankfurt on Saturday.
- Die Roten have won 13 of 14 away games in their domestic league this season, conceding only twice and their only away defeat in the Champions League was a 3-1 loss to BATE Borisov.
Bayern has won 14 of its 15 games in 2013, with the defeat to Arsenal in the second leg of their last 16 clash their only loss so far this year.
Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Bayern
- 27.4 %
Juventus 1-2 Bayern
- 9.95 %
Juventus 2-0 Bayern
- 9.59 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 10, 2013||Juventus 0 - Bayern 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 2, 2013||Bayern 2 - Juventus 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 8, 2009||Juventus 1 - Bayern 4|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Sep 30, 2009||Bayern 0 - Juventus 0|
|Dec 6, 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|Dec 1, 2013||Juventus 1 - Udinese 0||SR-A|
|Nov 27, 2013||Juventus 3 - Copenhagen 1||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Livorno 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - Napoli 0||SR-A|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|