Juventus vs Barcelona preview, betting tips and prediction: Blaugrana to exact revenge in Turin
Score draw @ 16/5 with Betfair
Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals @ 11/4 with Betfair
Barcelona to win 2-1 @ 9/1 with Betfair
Juventus showed they had the quality to be one of the best teams in the world when they eased past Barcelona in the Champions League quarter final last season. Their 3-0 win at home in the first leg felt earth-shattering, and they will hope for a similar outcome this week. But a lot has changed since then and once again, Barcelona will be favourites in Turin.
That said, a win for Juve would be huge and could possibly change the complexion of the group. They are three points behind the Blaugrana after four games, and although they would need a six-goal win to even get level on goal difference and in with a chance of topping the group, there would certainly be an interesting race on in the last game of the group stage.
When Argentine superatars Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi met last season, Dybala came out on top with two goals in the first leg. We think this one will be tight, but if you are going to back a winner, it will probably be Barcelona.
Barcelona were expected to struggle this season after a turbulent summer transfer window, but they have looked very good in both LaLiga and the Champions League. They have won three and drawn one of their four group games and although they haven’t always convinced with their performances, they are getting the job done more often than not under Ernesto Valverde. Lionel Messi is looking as great as ever, while Luis Suarez continues to struggle in front of goal. A win in this game at the Juventus Stadium will guarantee top spot in the group with a game to spare.
At home, Juventus have looked almost unbeatable until they lost to Lazio in dramatic circumstances this season. A home draw with Sporting Lisbon also suggests they don’t have it all their own way in Europe. Barcelona are always tough to stop, and a combination of Gigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini ageing and Mehdi Benatia failing to step up to the departed Leonardo Bonucci’s previous level has made Juve look a lot less intimidating in a defensive sense. Barcelona’s best performance came against the Italians at the Camp Nou, and they could repeat that success in this one.
The visitors have been hit with a bit of an injury crisis in midfield, with Rafinha, Arda Turan and Andre Gomes all set to miss out. Sergi Roberto will also not be available and Javier Mascherano has a muscle problem.
Gerard Pique will be suspended after a red card in the last European match.
Juventus will be without winger Juan Cuardrado, but other than that Maximiliano Allegri will have a full squad at his disposal. Gonzalo Higuain will start up front with Paulo Dybala, while Douglas Costa is likely to take Cuadrado’s place out wide.