- Mike Collett / Reuters
Italian giants Juventus travel to Scotland to face Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic in the first leg of the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Celtic and manager Neil Lennon have been dominant in league play and they currently enjoy a hefty 18-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League. However, Lennon will be faced with several tough personal decisions given that both Emilio Izaguirre and Georgios Samaras have both been recovering from their respective injuries.
Celtic will welcome the return of Efe Ambrose, who will be available for selection, but given his appearance in Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations final win on Sunday, an appearance off the bench seems more likely. Lennon has also hinted that Kelvin Wilson will get the start on Tuesday.
Juventus and manager Antonio Conte currently reside in the top spot in Serie A and have shown to be a formidable club away from home.
Conte will be looking for full points when they travel to Celtic Park given that they have virtually a full squad to select for their match.
However, Conte will have to find alternatives for Giorgio Chiellini Paolo De Ceglie and Nicklas Bendtner, who are still out with injury.
One aspect of the club that will prove valuable is the fact that Juventus plays well away from home. They have won eight out of their 11 games away from home, drawing two and losing just one. In that span, they have scored 23 times while conceding eight.
If history is any indication as to the probable winner, in the two previous matches in Scotland, Celtic won both fixtures, with that last victory coming from a 4-3 win during the 2001-2002 Champions League.
Celtic will be playing with a great deal of confidence at home, but Juventus could look to score on the counter.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 ET and can be watched online here.