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History Favours Juventus



Juventus will be favourites to go ahead in Tuesday night’s encounter against FC Porto of Portugal after claiming a two-goal win in the first leg on February 22. In previous encounters, Juventus have been unbeaten against Porto, winning three and drawing one. No team has conceded fewer goals than Juventus this season in the Champions League, letting in only two in seven matches. But Porto have only progressed past the round of 16 once in their last six Champions League attempts.

Also, Juventus have avoided defeat in 10 of their past 11 Champions League knockout games at home, winning six and drawing four. On the other hand, Porto have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh time in their past 10 attempts.

Juventus have the better statistics going into this encounter. They have won five of their last six matches in the UEFA Champions league and they have also scored at least two goals in the each of their last three matches.
All eyes would be on Gonzalo Higuain who has found the net 14 times in his last 18 in all competitions while the team’s defensive line have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches in the Champions league.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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