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

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