The comparative gulf in wealth, experience and perceived squad value would have you mark this game down as and away win every single time.
But as we all know Celtic have been punching above their weight at this level at home for a number of years now and none more so than in this campaign.
Matchday one started with an inauspicious 0-0 draw at home to Benfica but since then they’ve not looked back, racking up a rare away win at the expensively assembled Spartak Moscow, taking the living legends of Barcelona to injury time at the Nou Camp before suffering a 2-1 defeat, then producing arguably one of the results of their entire history in putting Lionel Messi and co. to the sword on a real ‘I was there’ night at Celtic Park.
A defeat in Lisbon put qualification on ice but they secured a passage to the last 16 for the third time with a thoroughly professional win against the Muscovites.
There’s no denying that when the draw was made Juventus would have been more than happy to face the SPL champions. Over the two legs the Italians are rightly overwhelming favourites but things won’t go all their own way at Celtic Park.
Their last visit to the East End of Glasgow saw them leave without a point. A Chris Sutton inspired Celtic ran out 4-3 winners in a group stage match although it wasn’t enough for the Bhoys to qualify that time around. That was the start of Celtic’s incredible home form against some of Europe’s giants. As well as Juve and Barca they’ve also sent the likes of AC Milan, Lyon and Man Utd packing with their tails between their legs.
Comments coming out of the Italians’ camp suggest they know they’ll be in for a night like no other across the whole of Europe. And as is the Italian way you’d think they’ll be happy with a draw to take to Turin for the return leg. That can be backed at 13/5 with SkyBet. But I prefer siding with Celtic on the draw no bet market.
Neil Lennon’s side are available at 4/1 with StanJames to win, but they’re as short as 3s with Coral. However you can back them on the draw no bet market at just a quarter of point less. Coral go 11/4.
Juve’s three away ties in the group stages were 1-1 (Chelsea) 1-1 (Norsjaelland) and a 1-0 win in Donetsk so there’s not much there to suggest anything other than a tight, professional performance from them.
It looks like it could be a low-scorer so I’m staying away from the goalscorer markets and instead taking a small wager on it finishing all square at 1-1.