Celtic v Juventus preview

Monday 11th February 2013

SPL leaders Celtic face Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, with the return match in Turin on Wednesday March 6.
 
# The teams met in the group stage in 2001/02 when Juventus won 3-2 in Italy and Celtic triumphed 4-3 at Parkhead. The clubs also clashed in the 1981/82 European Cup - Juve won 2-1 on aggregate after losing the first leg 1-0 in Glasgow.

# Aside from a defeat on penalties to Inter Milan, Celtic have not lost in eight games against Serie A opponents on home soil since AC Milan beat them 1-0 in March 1969.

# Celtic are in the last 16 for the third time. In 2006/07 they lost narrowly to AC Milan and the following year they went out 4-2 on aggregate to Barcelona.

# Celtic have been strong at home in Europe this season, beating Helsinki and Helsingborgs and drawing with Benfica before notching 2-1 victories over Barcelona and Spartak Moscow.

# Juventus have not lost away from home in Europe since a 4-1 defeat to Fulham in the Europa League in March 2010. They have won three and drawn five of their eight fixtures since.

# Juventus are five points clear of Napoli at the top of Serie A, with 17 wins, four draws and three defeats in their 24 games. They beat Fiorentina 2-0 in Turin in their latest outing on Saturday.

# Celtic stretched their lead in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to 18 points with a 3-1 win over Inverness CT at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Saturday.

# Manager of Juventus is their former midfielder Antonio Conte. The 43-year-old has also been in charge of Siena, Arezzo, Bari and Atalanta.

# Juventus are in the last 16 for the first time since 2008/09, when they lost to Chelsea. They have won Europe's top trophy twice - in 1985 and 1986 - and have lost in five finals.

# The Biaconeri topped their group this season, qualifying with Shakhtar Donetsk and knocking out Chelsea en route to extending their unbeaten run in Europe to 16 games.

# The referee for Tuesday's game is Alberto Undiano Mallenco of Spain. Kick-off is 7.45pm and the match is live on STV.

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