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Juventus to draw on previous successes in Dortmund’s back yard

| 18.03.2015

Juventus travel to Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League round-of-16 second-leg clash and while the Germans will fancy their chances of progression, the Old Lady of Turin can draw on all her experience to convert a slender 2-1 advantage.

All the stats from the first encounter told a story of two evenly-matched teams, though going by history and contrasting domestic form, it looks like Massimiliano Allegri’s visitors are best-placed to make the last eight.

Although Jurgen Klopp’s finalists of two seasons ago have begun turning around their woeful Bundesliga campaign in the last six weeks, successive 0-0 draws preceding Juve’s arrival is hardly form to worry the Serie A champions.

All Juventus need do is draw the game to be assured of progress, and afforded the same 12/5 odds as the victory by Ladbrokes, this is the way to bet in the match-odds market.

Dortmund won two and drew one at home in the group stages and despite winning 11 of their last 14 at the Westfalenstadion in the Champions League, their own stadium has proved a very happy hunting ground for Juventus in the past.

The Bianconeri have a 100 per cent win record in Dortmund, triumphing on three separate occasions.

Juventus have also successfully converted 2-1 leads from the home leg on the three occasions the scenario has arisen in UEFA competition and in 31 of 39 ties where they’ve won in Turin first by other scorelines.

In spite of the Italians looking vulnerable in their initial pair of away group games in the competition when losing 1-0 to Altletico Madrid and Olympiacos respectively, they bounced back with a 2-0 triumph at Malmo.

Allegri’s charges are now unbeaten in 11 away games in all competitions, of which they’ve won seven, so 1/2 on qualification feels about right.

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Christian Crowther

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