After a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, Juventus now host Ajax in Turin in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Key Stat: Including the qualifiers, Ajax are unbeaten in all seven Champions League matches they have played away from home this season.
Expert Verdict: Fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo's away goal in the first leg means Juventus have a slight edge in this tie but Ajax have already travelled to teams such as Bayern Munich, Benfica and Real Madrid and came away unbeaten this season. In fact, they thrashed Madrid at the Bernabeu to earn this tie. Nevertheless, with home advantage, Juve are favourites for good reason. Ajax's away form highlights the fact they should not be written off, but the hosts are rarely beaten in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a goalscoring return from injury in the first leg and, after being rested at the weekend, the Portuguese superstar is set to return for this second leg. Juventus have not had much fortune elsewhere on the injury front, however - Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Emre Can, and Douglas Costa are all out and Blaise Matuidi could miss out too, having hobbled off early in Amsterdam. With the league virtually wrapped up, Juventus took the opportunity to rest the majority of their stars at the weekend and they should – injuries aside – be back to full strength for this game.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Scored his 25th goal of a superb debut season with Juventus to earn them an away draw in the first leg of this tie.
Moise Kean – Scored again in the defeat to SPAL at the weekend and, if Juve need goals from the bench, he looks ready to provide them.
Mario Mandzukic – Though outshone by Ronaldo so far this season, the Croatian is still a vital cog in the Juventus attack.
A much-changed Juventus team suffered a 2-1 reverse at SPAL at the weekend despite Moise Kean scoring once again. He also scored in the three wins that preceded the first leg of this tie in Amsterdam, though it was Cristiano Ronaldo who scored in a 1-1 draw in that game. Previously, Kean netted in a 1-0 defeat of Empoli, 2-0 success at Cagliari and a 2-1 win against AC Milan.
Defenders:Joao Cancelo, Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro
Midfielders:Rodrigo Betancur, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira
Forwards:Federico Bernardeschi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic
Ajax rotated some of their options for the league win against Excelsior, with the Dutch side benefitting from a near full-strength squad. Only long-term absentees Hassane Bande and Carel Eiting are unavailable.
Hakim Ziyech – Ajax’s hero in the win in Madrid will be hoping for more of the same as they look to dump out another European giant.
Dusan Tadic – Scored twice more in the win against Excelsior to move to 32 goals in a stunning season since signing from Southampton.
David Neres – Scored his 12th goal of the season to earn a draw in the first leg.
The first leg of this tie, in which David Neres scored Ajax’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw, is the only one of Ajax’s last five games they have not won. In the process of those four other wins, all in the Eredivisie, Ajax have scored 18 goals, including Saturday’s 6-2 defeat of Excelsior. After rotating a few players, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick, Dusan Tadic netted twice and Kasper Dolberg scored the final goal.
Defenders:Joel Veltman, Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico
Midfielders:Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, Lasse Schone
Forwards:Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic, David Neres
The 1-1 draw in the first leg of this tie was the fifth draw between these two sides in European football. In the eight other games, Juventus have won six and Ajax just two. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in Amsterdam but David Neres ensured the tie remains all square ahead of this second leg.
Not only did Ajax ensure they are still very much in this tie after a first-leg draw, they also have a superb away record in this competition this season.
That was never more evident than in the match at the Bernabeu, which they won 4-1 to ensure they reached this stage.
David Neres got the goal last time out, while Dusan Tadic continues to score plenty – two more at the weekened to move to 32 points. Throw Hakim Ziyech into the mix and it is a formidable attacking line.
Juventus have the defensive strength through players like Leo Bonucci to keep them quiet, however = despite Ajax’s 18 goals in their last four matches.
At the other end, Cristiano Ronaldo returned with a goal in Amsterdam and, after being able to rest everybody at the weekend, Juve will have their big guns back again.
Moise Kean has four goals in his last four games, meanwhile, and could be Juventus’ secret weapon from the bench.
Ajax should not be written off – you can not fluke yourself to a quarter-final and they have played well on the road this season.
But Juventus are favourites and rightly so, and a home win should earn their place in the semi-finals.
After a draw in Amsterdam, Juventus are favourites to win the second leg at a best price of 7/10 with 888sport.
Ajax are in good goalscoring form and both teams to score has been set at 4/5 with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Paddy Power and Betway.
Juventus have the defensive strength, even without Giorgio Chiellini, to keep Ajax quiet, however – something few teams have managed – and you can bet against it at 21/20 with 888sport.
At home, Juventus are in excellent form once again and a Juve win to nil is worth 15/8 with Ladbrokes.
After his first leg goal, Cristiano Ronaldo is 19/20 with 888sport to score at any time. After some telling impacts in recent weeks too, meanwhile, Moise Kean is 37/20 with 888sport.
While Ajax’s away form shows they should not be written off, Juventus have made their home ground a fortress and, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s away goal giving them a slight edge ahead of this second leg, the Bianconeri can seal their semi-final place with a home win.