Unai Emery’s Villarreal are currently on a six-game unbeaten run and will fancy their chances against an out-of-form and under-strength Juventus side, despite Massimiliano Allegri’s decent track record
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Juventus are looking to end their recent disappointing run in the Champions League when they take on Villarreal in the round of 16.
It’s been five years since the Old Lady went beyond the quarter-finals in the competition, which was consequently their last appearance in the showpiece final – which proved to be a devastating 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
They had reached the same stage only two years earlier before eventually losing 3-1 to Barcelona.
The man in charge for both of those finals is now back in the hotseat, but it’s different La Liga opposition standing in their way in the form of Unai Emery’s side.
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Massimiliano Allegri (R) jokes with Juventus stars in training ahead of facing Villarreal
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Massimiliano Allegri has struggled to get his side going in Serie A since his return, leaving success in Europe as a more realistic target.
Villarreal are also trailing behind the rest of the pack domestically, but Emery will see Juventus as a winnable tie for his Europa League winners to potentially progress.
Here is everything you need to know about the match.
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When is the game?
Villarreal play host to Juventus at Estadio de la Ceramica on Tuesday February 22.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 8pm (GMT).
It will also be a historic moment as the first competitive fixture between the sides.
What channel is it on?
The clash between the two sides will be screened live on BT Sport 3 with coverage starting from 7:30pm.
Subscribers can also watch the game via the BT Sport app.
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Juventus are facing several fitness issues ahead of the meeting in Spain, with experienced defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Georginio Chiellini both sidelined.
Paulo Dybala is also likely to miss the match due to a thigh problem, while there are doubts over Federico Bernardeschi and Daniele Rugani.
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One bonus for the Italian club is that new signing Dusan Vlahovic is expected to make his European debut.
Villarreal meanwhile have a trio of long-term absentees in Francis Coquelin, Gerard Moreno and Ruben Pena.
In addition, new loan signing Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt and is set to undergo a late fitness test, as will Etienne Capoue.
Allegri’s side head into the game off the back of two successive draws in what has been an indifferent patch of form since the start of the new year.
They had to settle for a point at home to Torino on Friday having led from the 13th minute, while the weekend prior they only just salvaged a point thanks to Danilo’s equaliser in stoppage time.
Villarreal, by comparison, will have plenty of confidence coming into the game, having beaten Granada 4-1 away from home on Saturday, with Arnaut Danjuma netting a hat-trick.
That made it six games without defeat in a run which has seen them earn a point against both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively.
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