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Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich - Juventus

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAYERN MUNICH
 
Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba
Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
JUVENTUS

Buffon
Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci
L'stiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Matri, Quagliarella

Bayern Munich could welcome back Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who both missed the 2-0 second-leg defeat to Arsenal, for irs quarterfinal showdown with Serie A champions Juventus.

However, Javi Martinez is suspended for the clash, which means Luiz Gustavo should replace the Spaniard. Long-term absentee Holger Badstuber remains sidelined with ruptured knee ligaments.

Meanwhile, Brazilian center back Dante and Philipp Lahm are in danger of missing the return leg in Turin on April 10 should they pick up a booking in this encounter.

Juventus, meanwhile, has concerns over the fitness of attacker Sebastian Giovinco, who was scythed down by Esteban Cambiasso in  the 2-1 Derby d'Italia victory over Inter, although he has been included in the 22-man squad.

Mirko Vucinic's is recovering from flu, which means Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are likely to be Conte's preferred striking partnership, although Vucinic could be fit to feature.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are walking a disciplinary tightrope as a booking incurred here would mean they miss the next match.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich goes into this match in sparkling form having destroyed Hamburg 9-2 at the weekend. Claudio Pizarro grabbed four goals and two assists.

  • In the previous meeting Bayern beat Juventus 4-1 in Turin to eliminate them from the group stages in 2009-10 season. Only Gianluigi Buffon and Claudio Marchisio are likely to survive from that starting XI in this game for the Bianconeri.
  • Die Roten coach Jupp Heynckes masterminded victory over Juventus when he was Real Madrid boss, guiding them to a Champions League final 1-0 win in 1998.
  • Juventus last lost an away match in Europe back in 2010 when it was beaten 4-1 by Fulham in the Europa League.
  • Fabio Quagliarella (pictured, right) has netted four goals in 248 minutes of action in the Champions League.
  • The Old Lady have not reached the last four since overcoming  Barcelona in the 2002-03 campaign.

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