Live Commentary: Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur - kickoff at 7.45pm
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Live Commentary: Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur - kickoff at 7.45pm

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Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.

Mauricio Pochettino's side got the better of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund during the group stages, but the Premier League outfit have been handed an equally tough test in the form of Juventus.

The Serie A giants - and last year's runners-up - have conceded just one goal in their last 15 matches in all competitions and now sit just one point adrift of Napoli in Italy's top flight.

The two clubs will be meeting in a competitive fixture for the first time.

7.09pmPochettino has also been speaking about the club's ambitions in the Champions League but understandably at this stage, the boss of the North London outfit does not want to get ahead of himself. Click here to read his comments.

7.07pmThe topic of Toby Alderweireld has been discussed in the build-up to this match. The Belgian centre-back is fit again but Pochettino has opted against including him in a big match. Click here to read the Argentine's thoughts.

7.05pmFormer Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is among the substitutes. The Pole has been involved on 14 occasions this season but he will likely have to make do with giving his manager some inside knowledge of Spurs having played against them for a number of seasons.

7.03pmHowever, Federico Bernardeschi will be making his first start in this year's competition. The Italian midfielder has been used as backup throughout the campaign but he gets his reward for still having contributed four goals and five assists in the top flight, despite having only made six starts.

7.01pmMario Mandzukic is likely to line up on the left-hand side of midfield with Gonzalo Higuain playing up front on his own. The Croatian has been a regular in Serie A but he will be making just his fourth start in the Champions League this season.

6.59pmAs for Juventus, there are few surprises in Allegri's starting lineup, with Paulo Dybala, Andrea Barzagli, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado all unavailable for tonight's game.

6.57pmJUVENTUS XI: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic; Higuain

JUVENTUS SUBSTITUTES: Szczesny, Rugani, Asamoah, Marchisio, Bentancur, Sturaro, Muratore

6.55pmOn the bench, Paulo Gazzaniga takes the place of Michel Vorm, but there is not a spot among the replacements for Juventus old boy Fernando Llorente. Instead, Lucas Moura is available to make his Spurs debut.

6.53pmPochettino may have also been tempted to bring Victor Wanyama into the midfield but Mousa Dembele remains alongside Eric Dier. Dembele hasn't always found it easy to play two fixtures in a short space of time but that is what is being asked of him this evening.

6.51pmDropping down to the bench are Kieran Trippier and Son Heung-min. Aurier has probably been given the nod over Trippier due to his experience in Europe, but Son is perhaps less of a surprise due to the South Korean having struggled for goals and assists in recent weeks. He hasn't scored a goal since January 13 and has provided just one assist in his last six outings.

6.49pmWe will get onto Juve in a little while but firstly, Spurs. Pochettino could easily have selected an unchanged starting lineup for this fixture but instead, the Spurs boss makes two changes with Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela both coming into the side.

6.47pmTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR XI: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Lamela; Kane

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUBSTITUTES: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Son, Moura

6.45pmHello and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur. The English side may have topped a group including Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, but their reward is a contest with arguably the strongest of the runners-up. Let's see who Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri have selected in their respective starting lineups...