Tottenham v Juventus- Spurs too short to send out Juve

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THE Champions League continues this Wednesday as Tottenham welcome Juventus to Wembley. Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) shares his best bets.

Tottenham v Juventus | Wednesday 7th March 2018, 19:45 | BT Sport

Spurs valiantly fought back from 2-0 down in Turin to secure a 2-2 draw. Mauricio Pochettino’s side impressed on that occasion. Consequently they approach this game as 1/3 favourites to progress to the quarter-final’s, and 6/5 to win in 90 minutes.

Of course, they have the cushion of two away goals, but I get the impression that they’re too short here.

The prices imply that if this game were to be played 100 times, Juventus would only win 29 of those. Spurs have put themselves in a very strong position and definitely have a great chance, but they’re no value at the price.

Solid Juventus

This is a Juventus side who have won 16 of their last 17 games domestically, conceding just one goal in that period. They’ve shown grit and efficiency to battle their way back to one-point behind Napoli at the top of Serie A with a game in hand.

Massimo Allegri’s side going away from home and winning a football match is not unheard of, and I believe that’s underestimated here.

En-route to the final last season, Juventus won all six of their Champions League away games, including a 2-0 win at Monaco, and 0-0 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

They’ve lost just one of their last nine away Champions League matches, and that was at Barcelona earlier this season. They’re form has picked up since and this is reflected in the fact that seven of the eight points they’ve dropped in Serie A this season came before December.

The year prior they drew 2-2 at Bayern Munich in the last 16 before losing in extra-time, having won 2-1 at the Etihad in the group stage.

Since the first leg, Paolo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi have returned. Matuidi will add robustness in midfield with his strong running, while Dybala is a match-winner, as he showed in last season’s competition.

Factor in that Spurs can still progress with 0-0 and 1-1 draws then we have an added edge when siding with Juve.

Card friendly Ref

Referee Szymon Marcinak takes charge here. In European knockout games his recent card counts read 8, 7, 4, 4, 2, 5. The anomaly was the 2nd leg of a tie where Real Madrid won 4-0 on aggregate against Roma.

He’s shown six penalties and six yellow cards in the 11 European games he’s taken charge of over the last two seasons, so is clearly not afraid to give decisions.

There’s a lot at stake here, and this means there is scope for lots of bookings, especially late on. The reverse fixture in Turin saw five yellow cards.

Best Bets

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A 21-year-old Spurs fan in his final year studying Politics at the University of Nottingham, Ben is passionate about football and sports betting. He's already gained a wealth of experience in the field and prides himself on his football knowledge. As well as following football on all fronts, Ben is keen follower of darts.

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