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  • March 6, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: F. Aydinus
  • • Attendance: 39011
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Juventus win Aggregate 5 - 0

Champions League Preview: Juventus - Celtic

The Turin giant holds a three-goal advantage after the Glasgow meeting between the two sides as it looks to secure a place in the quarterfinals 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. Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) all continued to be sidelined with long-term injuries.

Celtic arrives in Turin knowing it needs a miracle in order to qualify for the quarterfinal 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. Swedish fullback Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus is unbeaten in Europe for almost three years, recording eight wins and nine draws, with its last defeat being a 4-1 thumping away to Fulham.
  • The Serie A leader also has an impressive record at home in the Champions League, having only lost once in its last 29 games.
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal (pictured right) will miss the first leg of a potential quarterfinal 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 has 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 has yet to record a win in Italy, having only recorded three draws in its 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 its last 21 games.
  • The SPL leader fielded a side during its opening group stage fixture with Benfica that included 10 players making their Champions League debuts.

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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
1Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
2Adam MatthewsDefender
3E. IzaguirreDefender
6Kelvin WilsonDefender
21Charles MulgrewDefender
15Kris CommonsMidfielder
28Joe LedleyMidfielder
33Beram KayalMidfielder
12Victor WanyamaMidfielder
9Georgios SamarasStriker
11Gary HooperStriker
24Lukasz ZaluskaGoalkeeper
15E. AmbroseDefender
46D. McGeouchMidfielder
49James ForrestMidfielder
7MikuStriker
10Anthony StokesStriker
36Niouoi LassadStriker

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