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Preview: Juventus vs. Celtic

Preview: Juventus vs. Celtic
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Sports Mole previews the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie between Juventus and Celtic on Wednesday.

Celtic will have to produce one of the biggest turnarounds in Champions League history if they are to advance from their last-16 European tie with Juventus in Italy on Wednesday.

Juventus recorded a 3-0 win at Celtic Park last month, leaving the Scottish outfit with an almost impossible task to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The home side enter the match having won three of their last five matches in all competitions, a run of form that has left them top of Serie A with 59 points.

Celtic are also top of their domestic division, some 16 points clear of nearest challengers Motherwell, while they have also recently booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

In order to stand a chance of progressing, Celtic need to score at least three times. However, Juve have conceded just eight goals in 14 home league matches this season, losing just twice in the process.

The home side could continue with the same team that drew with Napoli last week, but former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Alessandro Matri are both pushing for starting berths after appearing from the bench.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon could recall Georgios Samaras to his starting side at the expense of Anthony Stokes, who has just returned from injury. Meanwhile, Adam Matthews is expected to continue alongside Joe Ledley in midfield.

Recent form:

Juventus: WWLWD
Celtic: WDWLW

Possible lineups:

Juventus: Buffon; Chiellini, Peluso, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Marchiso, Pirlo, Vidal; Vucinic, Giovinco

Celtic: Forster; Izaguirre, Wilson, Kayal, Ambrose; Matthews, Ledley, Wanyama, Forrest; Samaras, Hooper

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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Celtic's Adam Matthews is congratulated on a goal against Kilmarnock on January 30, 2013
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