Juventus will be looking to build upon their encouraging revival during their Champions League last-16 first-leg by knocking out Bayern Munich inside the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night in their bid to progress into the quarter-finals.
The defending Serie A champions, who came from 2-0 down to draw the first leg 2-2 in Turin, will take great heart from Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro’s second-half strikes as the Italians attempt to reach the final once more after last year’s loss to FC Barcelona.
Tonight’s meeting is a real heavyweight clash as both sides are chasing a treble this campaign, with Bayern currently five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and Juventus three clear in the Italian top-flight.
Pep Guardiola’s hosts, who hammered Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday, are the only team to score against Juve in the last two months and hope that home advantage will prove decisive.
Meanwhile Massimiliano Allegri’s visitors have not won in Munich for the past 12 years, losing two of their last three visits since then.
But the Italians have tasted victory in all bar one of their last 19 Serie A league games and arrive at the Allianz Arena in ruthless form.
This is the eighth consecutive campaign that Bayern have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League, plus they have advanced to the semi-finals in five of their last six attempts.
Juventus’ three Champions League encounters against German opposition this term have all ended in draws, twice versus Borussia Mönchengladbach (0-0 and 1-1), plus their first-leg result against Bayern last month.
On the attacking front; the home side’s Thomas Muller has scored 13 goals in his last 14 Champions League starts. While Juve striker Alvaro Morata has scored five goals and delivered one assist in eight Champions League knockout games for the away outfit.
Bayern rested key players Arjen Robben and striker Robert Lewandowski during their 5-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen at the weekend.
However defenders Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber will play no part tonight due to abductor and ankle problems respectively.
Meanwhile former Munich forward Mario Mandzukic (Groin) is a doubt to face his former club for Juventus.
The Serie A leaders will definitely be without fellow striker Paulo Dybala, midfielder Claudio Marchisio and defender Giorgio Chiellini due to injury.
League Position: Bayern – 1st (Bundesliga – 66 pts); Juventus – 1st (Serie A – 67 pts)
Previous Meeting: Juventus 2-2 Bayern – February 23, 2016
Form: Bayern – WDWLDW; Juventus – DDWLWW
Key Men: Bayern – Robert Lewandowski; Juventus – Mario Mandzukic
Shoot Says: Bayern 2-1 Juventus