Juventus vs Barcelona – UEFA Champions League : One of the best matches of this 5th round of the Champions’ League group stage is this duel of Juventus against Barcelona…
A duel between Dybala and Messi. Both teams are very close to qualifying, but the fight for the top spot is still wide open, with a 3-point and 3 goals difference favouring the Catalans who won 3-0 in Camp Nou on the match against the Italians in the 1st round.
Juventus is therefore looking to avenge that heavy result, since it was the only match where the Italian team failed to score this season.
Despite the brilliant season that Barça is having, Juventus at home is one of the toughest teams in the World, having a very high win percentage on their home matches.
And it is based on that record the favouritism will have to be attributed to the Italians.
Juventus’ team will be in maximum strength, they have an excellent roster and play with a very attacking style of football.
They are the best attack in the Serie A and they count with players like Dybala, Higuaín and Mandzukic up front, which against a Barça’s defence that despite not having conceded a lot of goals this season, doesn’t minimally convince and should concede a goal in this match.
This Sunday, they recorded a loss away at Sampdoria and saw Napoli run away in the league table.
The manager Massimo Allegri decided to rest Dybala, Alex Sandro and Diego Costa, and he got punished for it.
Juventus still scored 2 goals on the final minutes of the match and that could give them some motivation going into this match, despite the unexpected loss.
Barça leads the Spanish La Liga comfortably with 10 points more than the Madrid’s clubs and a 4-point difference to Valencia. The Catalan team counts with some important absences for this match like Dembelé, Turan, Rafinha and André Gomes.
On the last Champions’ League match, Barça couldn’t get more than a draw in Greece and therefore they still haven’t ensured their qualification.
Barcelona still has the match on the last round to confirm the 1st place in the group. However, they can’t lose this match by more than 3 goals.
On the last season, on the Champions’ League quarter-finals, Juventus won 3-0 in Turin against this Barcelona, who had a better team back then, in my opinion.
Juventus vs Barcelona – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This will be a big match like everything suggest. The favouritism, in my opinion, is on the side of the home team. This is a team with a lot more solutions than last season, unlike Barcelona that presents less quality now.
Despite the Catalans’ good form, they will face the European vice-champions who have excellent players and need the 3 points not to have any unexpected surprises on the last round, on their trip to Greece.
Above everything, the home advantage will be very important in this match and Juventus will benefit a lot from that
|Juventus AH +0,5||