Celtic vs Juventus Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 12, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Celtic Park — Glasgow.
Celtic have won 21 of their last 23 Champions League home games. Neil Lennon’s team takes on the present Serie A leaders with hopes to get positive result. Both teams will aim to progress into the quarter-finals of Europe’s first cup competition. At last the Champions League is back. Celtic welcomes Juventus, after they have impressed everyone in the group stages. The Scottish side even managed to get a 2-1 home-victory over Barcelona. Juventus is enjoying their return back to the most important European club trophy.
Celtic are the leader of the Scotland Premier League with 55 points from 25 games. They have 17 wins in 25 matches so far this season. Their current form has seen four wins and one defeat from last five games. Last five matches at Celtic Park they have finished with five straight victories. In the Champions League group stages Celtic was undefeated, beating Barcelona and Spartak Moscow, and drawing with Benfica. Also Celtic have 8 Premier League home wins on the run.
Juventus stands at the top of the Serie A with 55 points from 24 games. They are 5 points clear of the second-placed Napoli, having 17 wins in 24 matches. They have had a mixed form lately with two wins, two draws and one defeat from their last five games. Last five away from home fixtures The Old Lady have finished with three wins, one draw and one loss. In the Champions League away games this season Juve had two draws and one defeat. They drew Chelsea and Nordsjaelland, and Shakhtar Donetsk was beaten 0-1 on the last match day. Juventus had a bit of a breakdown after the winter break, but now they’re back to winning ways.
Cause of Celtic currently having an 18-point lead at the top of the SPL, head coach Neil Lennon has given a rest to most of his key players. So, these weekend changes will give some fresh legs after a win over Inverness. However, Emilio Izaguirre with knee injury and Georgios Samaras with thigh problem are under doubt. Efe Ambrose is ready for selection, but his appearance in Nigeria’s AFCON final victory on Sunday, gives him a place on the bench. Kelvin Wilson could replace him.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte has almost a full squad to choose from. The trip to Scotland is not available for Giorgio Chiellini due to calf injury, Paolo De Ceglie, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner. On the other side, Conte can count on Claudio Marchisio after his recovery and Kwadwo Asamoah after his return from AFCON. Also, Leonardo Bonucci’s domestic ban means he will be fresh for Tuesday’s game.
Celtic line-up: Forster, Matthews, Lustig, Wilson, Izaguirre, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Samara, Hooper, Forrest.
Last three matches:
Celtic 4-0 Dundee United;
St. Mirren 3-2 Celtic;
Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock.
Juventus line-up: Buffon, Bonucci, Barzagli, Caceres, Pirlo, Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Vidal, Asamoah, Vucinic, Giovinco.
Last three matches:
Juventus 2 – Fiorentina 0;
Chievo 1 – Juventus 2;
Lazio 2 – Juventus 1.