UEFA Champions League: Celtic vs Juventus Preview

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UCL: Celtic vs Juventus Preview
Glasgow, Feb 12: Celtic enter the UEFA Champions League round of 16 after a gap of five years and face Italian giants Juventus at Celtic Park.

Having beaten them back in 2001, Celtic have to draw inspiration from their 4-3 win over Juve. The Hoops can bank on their home form and fans to get the better of Juventus.

Celtic beat the likes of Barcelona and Spartak Moscow to make it through to the last-16. Manager Neil Lennon considers this game to be 'one of the biggest games of their careers'. It is so important for Celtic that fans get right behind their team and opponents are given are hard time.

Juventus are coming into this game with back-to-back victories, currently holding the top position in the Serie A table.

Celtic will wait on the fitness of striker Giorgos Samaras while Emilio Izaguirre is declared fit. The Hoops will have to consider playing Efe Ambrose after just lifting the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

For Juventus, Kwadwo is likely to be benched after playing at the Africa Cup of Nations. Centre-back Giorgio Chiellini is suspended while Paolo De Ceglie is out with a thigh injury.


* Celtic have not lost in their previous eight games against Serie A opponents at home. The last team to be the Hoops at home was AC Milan in 1969.

* Celtic have played 19 games against Italian sides which reads W5 D7 L7.

* Celtic have enetered the knockout stage only three times.

* Juventus have been unbeaten in 16 games in Europe.

Probable Lineups:

Celtic (4-3-3): Forster-Matthews, Lustig, Wilson, Izaguirre -Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew-Samara, Hooper, Forrest

Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon-Bonucci, Barzagli, Caceres-Pirlo-Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Vidal, Asamoah-Vucinic, Giovinco

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