Preview: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich

Preview: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Bayern Munich's trip to Juventus in the Champions League.

Much was expected of this quarter-final tie when it was pulled out of the hat last month.

However, during the opening leg at the Allianz Arena last Tuesday, visiting Juventus struggled to make an impact on the match. As a result they travelled back to Italy having suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich and with their hopes of progressing through to the Champions League semi-finals hanging by a thread.

If they are to pull off an unlikely comeback, they will have to do so without the services of midfielder Arturo Vidal and wingback Stephan Lichtsteiner, both of whom are suspended. The absence of Vidal is likely to hand a starting opportunity to former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Meanwhile, visiting Bayern, who won the Bundesliga title at the weekend, will have Javi Martinez available following suspension, but will have to make do without the injured Toni Kroos.

The last time that these two teams met in Turin was back in 2009 when visiting Bayern ran out 4-1 victors.

Recent form

Juventus: WDWWWW

Bayern: WWWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Peluso, Pirlo, Pogba, Marchisio; Giovinco, Quagliarella, Vucinic

Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Dante, Van Buyten, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Martinez; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Mandzukic

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Bayern Munich player Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after scoring in his side's match against Schalke on February 9, 2013
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