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Monday December 11 2017
CL draw: Who can Juventus face?

Juventus will learn their Champions League opponents this afternoon, with a high chance they’ll draw an English club.

The Bianconeri cannot face Roma or Barcelona in the Last 16, so there are six possible opponents for the Italian champions.

Here’s who Massimiliano Allegri’s side could face.

Paris Saint-Germain

PSG are leading Ligue 1, and made headlines this summer by signing Neymar from Barcelona for €222m.

The French side also took Kylian Mbappé on loan from Monaco, with an agreement to buy him outright next summer for €180m.

Unai Emery’s side set a record for group stage goals, scoring 25 goals in six games and winning five of their matches against Bayern Munich, Celtic and Anderlecht.

PSG only conceded four goals in the group stage, three of which came during their 3-1 defeat to Bayern in the final match.

Their last meeting with Juventus came in the 1996 UEFA Super Cup, with the Bianconeri winning 9-2 over two legs.

The first match at the Parc des Princes ended in a 6-1 win for Marcello Lippi’s side, before an Alessandro Del Piero double and a late goal from Christian Vieri brought a 3-1 win in Turin.

Probability of playing Juventus: 12.813 per cent

Manchester City

Man City topped Napoli’s Champions League group with a game to spare, and are dominating the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side beat Manchester United 2-1 yesterday to take an 11 point lead, and are seen by many as playing the best football in Europe.

These sides last met each other in the 2015-16 Champions League, with the Bianconeri winning both matches.

However, despite a 2-1 win in England and a 1-0 success at Juventus Stadium, City topped the group and Juve were eliminated by Bayern Munich in the next round.

Probability of playing Juventus: 18.334 per cent

Manchester United

Juventus versus Manchester United was a classic Champions League fixture in the 1990s.

Sir Alex Ferguson saw the Old Lady as the benchmark for his Red Devils, and Gary Neville described a 1-0 loss in Turin as “the biggest battering I’ve ever had on a football pitch” in his autobiography.

United famously came back from 2-0 down at the Stadio delle Alpi to win 3-2 and reach the 1999 final, which they later won against Bayern Munich.

Their last competitive meeting with Juventus was in the second group stage in 2003, with a flu-hit Bianconeri losing 2-1 at Old Trafford, before a 3-0 routing back in Turin.

Despite those two losses, Juve qualified for the quarter-finals and reached the final in Manchester, which they lost on penalties to Milan.

Probability of playing Juventus: 18.334 per cent

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham surprised in winning Group H ahead of Real Madrid, winning five of their six matches.

The only dropped point came at the Bernabeu, before a 3-1 win over the Champions League holders at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have finished third and second in the previous two Premier League seasons, and England international Harry Kane has 18 goals in 20 games so far this season.

Probability of drawing Juventus: 18.853 per cent

Liverpool

There is real bad blood between Liverpool and Juventus, following the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985.

Ahead of the European Cup final, English fans broke through fencing and rushed at Juve fans sitting in the neutral Section Z.

The fleeing Bianconeri fans were crushed, with 39 killed and over 600 injured.

When the sides met in the Champions League in 2005, a large display at Anfield spelled out “amicizia”, the Italian word for friendship, but several Juve fans turned their backs and anti-Liverpool graffiti is still a common sight around Turin.

That 2005 quarter-final saw the Reds win 2-1 on aggregate, going on to lift the trophy after their famous comeback against Milan in the final.

Probability of drawing Juventus: 18.853 per cent

Besiktas

The Turkish giants are probably seen as the weakest side the Old Lady could face, but they topped their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco.

Senol Gunes' side are fourth in the Super Lig, but have an experienced squad featuring former Inter man Gary Medel, as well as Pepe, Ricardo Quaresma and Ryan Babel.

They’ve never met Juventus, but both sides share black and white striped shirts.

Probability of drawing Juventus: 12.813 per cent

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