Tottenham have what it takes to see off Juventus at Wembley

Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur played out a pulsating encounter in Turin a fortnight ago and this week’s return leg promises to be another thriller.

It is delicately poised at 2-2 and Tottenham are now the clear favourites to progress to the quarter-finals thanks to their two away goals.

But this is a strong and battle-hardened Juventus team, twice Champions League finalists in the past three years, and they will not go down without a fight.

If it is half as entertaining as the first leg we will be in for a fascinating spectacle, and Wembley will provide the perfect backdrop.

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Tottenham fans must have thought their European adventure was coming to an end when Juventus raced to a 2-0 lead inside just 10 minutes.

Spurs were uncharacteristically sloppy at the back and ponderous in possession, and their hosts punished them in ruthless fashion.

Gonzalo Higuain banged in a sumptuous volley in the second minute after Miralem Pjanic’s quick thinking from a free kick to give Juventus the lead.

Spurs were plunged deeper into despair when Ben Davies brought down Federico Bernardeschi in the box and Higuain kept his cool to bury the resulting penalty.

But Spurs battled back bravely and for the final 75 minutes they absolutely controlled the tempo of the game.

Mousa Dembele emerged as a titan in the Tottenham midfield and the Belgian was the beating heart of their comeback.

Juventus had not conceded a single goal in 2018 heading into the game, but Harry Kane ended that when he rounded veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon and stroked home to pull one back for the away side.

Tottenham rained shots down on the Juventus goal, and Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen missed gilt-edged chances.

Spurs were caught on the break and conceded another penalty on the stroke of half-time, but this time Higuain could not convert it.

Tottenham were saved by the bar and came out invigorated for the second half.

Eriksen grabbed the equaliser when he rolled a free kick under Buffon and into the bottom corner.

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Spurs ended the game with 67% of the possession and they had 12 shots to Juventus’ nine, a remarkable set of statistics for a team playing away against such a European powerhouse.

The Old Lady were the favourites to reach the quarter-finals before kick off, but Tottenham are now in the driving seat.

Youwager will offer attractive odds, review them before placing a bet and you will see that Tottenham are less than 1/2 to go through, but still better than evens to win this second leg.

Juventus are in superb form in Serie A and just secured a 1-0 win away at third placed Lazio to seize the initiative from Napoli in the title race.

They will be full of belief in this second leg, but it is hard to escape the notion that Tottenham look to be the quicker, fitter and technically superior side.

Once their anxiety settled in the first leg, they were totally dominant, and if they play like that this time around they will get the win.

Juventus have been a great Champions League heavyweight in recent years, but this young and hungry Tottenham team is the sort of side that can force some of them into retirement.

Buffon is looking less agile than ever, and the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli will struggle to keep up with the dynamism of Kane, Alli and Eriksen.

If Juventus’ strike force is on song, they are in with a great chance, but there are fitness issues as Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic have all suffered injuries of late, so Spurs should fancy their chances of capitalising.

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