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Juventus's unbeaten home record and AS Monaco FC's past struggles on Italian soil suggest the Bianconeri will start as favourites in the first leg of their quarter-final.

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Juventus host AS Monaco FC in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie between two sides seeking a first semi-final appearance in over a decade.

• The Italian champions reached this stage by defeating Borussia Dortmund 5-1 on aggregate, while Monaco overcame Arsenal FC on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

• Juventus boast an unbeaten home record against French opponents, which contrasts starkly with their visitors' own record of never having won in Italy.

Previous meetings
• Juventus, the eventual tournament runners-up, prevailed 6-4 on aggregate when the sides met in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

• In the first leg, Marcello Lippi's Juventus won 4-1 at the Stadio Delle Alpi where Alessandro Del Piero hit a hat-trick (including two penalties) and Zinédine Zidane added a late fourth.

• The lineups in Turin on 1 April 1998 were:
Juventus: Peruzzi, Torricelli (Conte 59), Montero, Iuliano, Pessotto (Birindelli 46), Di Livio (Tacchinardi 66), Davids, Deschamps, Zidane, Del Piero, Inzaghi.
Monaco: Barthez, Sagnol, Konjić, Christanval, Martin (Henry 68), Djetou, Diawara, Pignol (Costinha 38), Benarbia (Carnot 74), Ikpeba, Trezeguet.

• Jean Tigana's Monaco won the second leg 3-2, their scorers including Thierry Henry, who joined Juventus for a seven-month spell the following year.

Match background

• Two-time European champions Juventus are seeking a first semi-final appearance since 2002/03, when they beat FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals after following up a 1-1 home draw with a 2-1 away win.

• Since then Juventus have fallen at the quarter-final hurdle on three occasions, most recently when losing 4-0 on aggregate to FC Bayern München in 2012/13. Their overall record in European Cup quarter-finals is W10 L5.

• Juventus are unbeaten in 11 home matches in UEFA competition and have won three out of four games in Turin in this campaign, including a 2-1 success against Dortmund in the round of 16.

• Overall, the Bianconeri have lost just one of 16 European home fixtures at the redeveloped Juventus Stadium (W9 D6 L1).

• Juventus have won all ten of their knockout ties against French teams.

• Juve have never lost at home against French opposition, their record reading W9 D2 L0. In last season's UEFA Europa League quarter-finals they defeated Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 in Turin to complete a 3-1 aggregate success.

• Monaco are eyeing their first UEFA Champions League semi-final since 2003/04, the season they went all the way to the final for the first and so far only time.

• Their record at this stage of the competition is W2 L1. There were no quarter-finals when they progressed directly from the group stage to the semi-finals in 1993/94.

• This is Monaco's first meeting with Italian opposition since their 1998 UEFA Champions League semi-final defeat by Juve. They have won just one of six previous knockout ties against teams from Serie A.

• That solitary success was a 1-0 aggregate win over AS Roma in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals. Their goalless draw in Rome that season was the only time they have avoided defeat in six trips to Italy (W0 D1 L5 F2 A13).

• Monaco are looking for a third straight away victory in the current competition after winning 1-0 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the group stage and 3-1 at Arsenal in the round of 16. They have conceded just two goals in four away games thus far.

Coach and player links
• Massimiliano Allegri's first match as a coach in UEFA competition was against Ligue 1 opposition – a 2-0 home win against AJ Auxerre with AC Milan in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage. Milan also won 2-0 in France.

• As a Monaco player from 2002–06, Patrice Evra made 120 league appearances and played for the club in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League final against an FC Porto side including Ricardo Carvalho.

• Carvalho was a late substitute for Chelsea FC in the 2-2 draw at Juventus that sealed the Italian side's elimination from the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-3 aggregate). As a Porto player, Carvalho had previously faced Juve in the 2001/02 first group stage (0-0 h, 1-3 a), lining up against Gianluigi Buffon.

• Dimitar Berbatov played with Evra at Manchester United FC, where the Bulgarian was also a team-mate of Carlos Tévez (2007–09) and Paul Pogba (2010–12).

• Layvin Kurzawa played alongside Pogba when making his France debut against Albania in November.

• Álvaro Morata was a team-mate of Fabinho and Carvalho at Real Madrid CF in 2012/13.

• Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Raggi were team-mates at Empoli FC in 2007/08.

• Jérémy Toulalan, together with Evra, was in the France side that suffered UEFA EURO 2008 elimination with a 2-0 loss to the Italy of Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Pirlo.

• Maarten Stekelenburg played for AS Roma between 2011 and 2013. His record against Juventus in league and cup was W1 D1 L3, with 12 goals conceded.

• Stephan Lichtsteiner played for LOSC Lille from 2005–08. His record in Ligue 1 matches against Monaco was W1 D2 L2. Last summer he was in the Switzerland side beaten 5-2 by France at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

• France's 1998 World Cup winners David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram and Henry each played for both clubs.

Match facts

• Lichtsteiner, Morata, Pogba, Roberto Pereyra and Arturo Vidal are all a booking away from a ban.

• Having not conceded in their previous six games in all competitions, Juventus lost only their second Serie A game this season on Saturday, going down 1-0 away to bottom side Parma FC. Several players were rested with the Monaco game in mind.

• January signing Alessandro Matri scored the first goal of his second spell with Juventus as Allegri's men triumphed 3-0 at Fiorentina on 7 April to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. Morata was sent off late on and will miss the final against SS Lazio on 7 June.

• Marchisio sustained a knee injury in training while on international duty with Italy but recovered to play 90 minutes against Fiorentina and Parma. Tévez and Lichtsteiner missed the game in Florence with minor muscle problems, though the latter featured against Parma.

• Pirlo has not played since the first leg against Dortmund because of a calf injury. Martín Cáceres (ankle) and Pogba (thigh) are still sidelined.

• Morata scored on his first competitive start for Spain as the holders defeated Ukraine 1-0 in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier on 27 March.

• On 31 March, Gianluigi Buffon extended his record as Italy's most-capped player (147 appearances) when he started the 1-1 friendly draw with England.

• Allegri last month received the Enzo Bearzot coaching award. The accolade, handed out by the Italian Christian Workers' Association under the patronage of the FIGC, is named after Italy's 1982 World Cup-winning trainer.

• Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, João Moutinho and Kurzawa will all incur a suspension with their next bookings.

• Monaco have won two, both away, and drawn two, both at home, of their four matches since the 2-0 home defeat by Arsenal on 17 March.

• Leonardo Jardim's men have the best away record in Ligue 1 this season, having collected 32 points from 16 games.

• Anthony Martial has scored nine goals in 2015. His effort against SM Caen on Friday set Monaco en route to a 3-0 away win.

• Raggi (out since 1 February, knee) made his comeback in a 1-1 draw against AS Saint-Étienne on 3 April. Tiémoué Bakayoko (14 January, hamstring) and Lacina Traoré (23 February, shin) are still out. Carvalho sustained a knee injury against Serbia on 29 March, a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier in which he opened the scoring. He returned to action in Caen.

• Toulalan (until June 2017), Danijel Subašić (June 2019), Nabil Dirar and Raggi (both June 2018) signed contract extensions on 9 April.

• Ferreira-Carrasco (v Cyprus) and Bernardo Silva (v Cape Verde) made their senior debuts for Belgium and Portugal respectively during the recent international break. Called up for the first time by Dunga, Fabinho did not take part in Brazil's friendlies against France and Chile.