Date: 12th February 2018 at 7:39pm
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Michael Owen has predicted Tottenham to lose when they face Juventus on Tuesday night in the Champions League last 16 clash.

Spurs play away in Turin in the first leg of the two legged tie and will be hoping to make a serious impact in Europe’s elite club competition.

The north London club come up against an Italian giant that have 15 clean sheets in their last 16 games across all competitions.

Juventus have also finished as runners-up in the Champions League during two of the last three seasons and have immense experience at the top level.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still relatively novices in the Champions League, but showed their potential as they edged past Real Madrid in the group stages.

Owen has tipped Spurs to suffer a narrow 2-1 away loss against Juventus, which is a result that would very much keep them still in the contest.

“Juve are unbeaten in their last 22 home Champions League games and kept nine clean sheets in their last 14 Champions League games in the Juventus Stadium,” Owen wrote in the Metro.

“Spurs, however, are one of only four teams unbeaten in the Group Stages and I feel they can score in Turin.

“This really is an evenly balanced tie and I expect to see both sides find the back of the net in what promises to be a fascinating game.”

OPINION

Spurs have shown in recent weeks they can step up their game against elite opposition and that is exactly what they need to show against Juventus. They will feel confident of getting a result at their temporary home in the second leg, but need to ensure they are still well in the tie and an away goal would help. The likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son can certainly break down one of Europe’s meanest defences in Europe in Juventus. Meanwhile, in-form defender Jan Vertonghen can help his side to pick up a positive results and it will be a real test in midweek to see how far the team has progress under Pochettino.