We couldn’t have a best match to start off this Group D! Barcelona against Juventus.
We will have an encounter between the two favourites of this group and two strong contenders to go through to the round of 16, considering the other teams that form this group are Olympiakos and Sporting, who are a few steps below when compared to Juve and Barça.
Barcelona is in a renovation stage and despite having lost Neymar to PSG, they brought in the young promising player Dembelé and defensive midfielder Paulinho, which have already made their mark on their last match, where Barcelona won the Catalunya’s derby against Espanyol 5-0.
For this match, Barcelona will be in almost full strength, with only Sergi Roberto and Turan being absent, with an injury.
As for the “Old Lady”, they also had some changes when compared to last year, where they were able to reach the Champions’ League final, losing their defensive cornerstones Bonucci, who went to Milan, and Dani Alves, who moved to PSG.
Juve comes into this match after a 3-0 win in the Serie A, at home against Chievo.
Juventus might possibly have to play without their main defender and one of the main key players in the team. I’m talking about Chiellini, who is still suffering with an injury and is still doubtful.
Barcelona vs Juventus – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Regarding their signings, I see two teams who have lost important players and didn’t find quality replacements.
However, Juventus’ loss was in one of their main sectors, the defence, since Bonucci was one of the cornerstones of the team, along Chiellini, and gave a lot of strength to the defensive line.
As for Barcelona, they only were affected on the offensive sector, with Neymar leaving and his only replacement being Dembelé, who is clearly worse than Neymar.
That is ignoring the fact that Barça will have to readapt to a new system. But to summarize, I expect a match with goals, even despite considering Juventus’ strong defence, but as I’ve said before, it is a defensive line that has lost players and might even have to play without their worst defender because of an injury.
Therefore, I see both teams with high chances of scoring, and a small advantage for Barcelona, but Juventus has every ability to score goals, considering Barcelona’s defence is also not as reliable as it might look, and they have already shown them, against Real Madrid, where they conceded 5 goals in 2 matches against them.
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