Spurs favourites against Juventus but Dybala and Matuidi back for second-leg

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg...

Tottenham may be favourites after 2-2 draw in Turin but Juventus welcome back Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi for the second-leg.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg...

Tottenham Hotspur are likely to be pleased with the 2-2 draw they eventually achieved against Juventus in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Especially as the visitors were 2-0 down within ten minutes during a topsy-turvy match in Turin in which Gonzalo Higuain missed the chance to complete his hat-trick when he smashed his second penalty of the night against the bar.

Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus misses a penalty kick as Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur attempts to save during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg  match between Juventus and...

Goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen got Spurs back into it and in fact has made them slight favourites to progress going into the second-leg on March 7 due to the away goals rule.

However, while Mauricio Pochettino and his side should take all the positives that they can away from Italy, it is worth remembering that the hosts were missing two key players that are likely to return for the second-leg at Wembley Stadium.

Blaise Matuidi, who controls the central midfield for the Old Lady, was absent with a thigh injury that the Standard reports will keep him out of action for a month - which means the Frenchman will be touch and go for the return leg.

Juventus' French midfielder Blaise Matuidi eyes the ball during the Italian Tim Cup football match between Atalanta and Juventus on January 30, 2018 at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Stadium...

However, the real talisman the Serie A champions were missing but should almost certainly have next time around in London is Paulo Dybala, who this season has scored 17 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions and is the catalyst in attack.

So while Tottenham are in a great position to progress to the quarter-finals, the tie is far from a foregone conclusion when manager Massimiliano Allegri can call on Dybala and Matuidi.

Juventus' Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A football match Verona vs Juventus on December 30, 2017 at Marcantonio Bentegodi...

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