Juventus take on Monaco in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday at 20:45 CET, and will be hoping to secure a lead to take with them for the second-leg in France.
This will be the Bianconeri’s second quarter-final in three seasons but they will be looking to reach their first semi-final since 2003 when they lost the final to AC Milan.
Massimiliano Allegri will be buoyed by the return of Carlos Tevez, Juve’s top scorer in Europe with six goals this season, who should make the game despite doubts over a muscle injury.
The Argentinean scored twice in the last round as the Old Lady won 3-0 at Borussia Dortmund, 5-1 on aggregate, and is expected to replace Kingsley Coman following Juve’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at bottom club Parma in Serie A on Saturday.
Captain Gianluigi Buffon and key defender Leonardo Bonucci should also return to take the place of Marco Storari and Angelo Ogbonna, while Andrea Pirlo could be available after a calf strain to take his place in central midfield.
Tuesday’s visitors to Turin, Monaco, will be without Tiemoue Bakayoko and Italian Andrea Raggi for the clash, with Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and captain Jeremy Toulalan all doubts.
Leonardo Jardim’s side are unbeaten in their last nine Ligue 1 games and are now up to third following a 3-0 victory at Caen on Friday.
Les Rouges et Blancs knocked out Arsenal in the last round on away goals and their Champions League campaign has so far been characterised by a strong defence but a struggle to score goals, having conceded just four and scored only seven in their eight European games so far this season.
Monaco are in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 when they finished as runners-up, and meet Juventus for the first time since 1998 when the Old Lady claimed a 6-4 aggregate victory in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Juventus won the first-leg of that game 4-1 at home, and Allegri will certainly be looking for a repeat of that night in Turin on Tuesday to take to Monaco on 22 April.
Form Guide: Juventus (D-W-W-W-W-L), Monaco (W-W-W-D-D-W)
Expected Starting XIs
Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Padoin, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Pereyra, Llorente, Tevez
Monaco: Subaši?; Fabinho, Carvalho, Abdennour, Kurzawa; Toulalan, Kondogbia; Dirar, Moutinho, Ferreira-Carrasco; Berbatov