Juventus V Barcelona – Barca to get the job done on Wednesday night
2020-21 UEFA Champions' League Group G preview: Juventus V Barcelona – Allianz Stadium, Turin – Wednesday, 28th October 2020 – 20:00 hrs BST
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All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo's recovery after having been rested a fortnight ago.
In a highly-anticipated UEFA Champions' League Group G encounter, the stage is set for a possible Ronaldo-Messi rivalry as Serie A giants Juventus host Barcelona at the Allianz Arena on the night of October 28th.
While the hosts go into Wednesday's clash following a 1-1 draw against unfancied Hellas Verona, Barcelona will be coming out of 1-3 home defeat to Real Madrid in an El Classico La Liga fixture last weekend.
Juventus form guide in Serie A:
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Apart from Ronaldo, Juventus are beset with a few injury issues. Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is yet to start this season owing to a shoulder injury and could be sidelined for some time at least. Captain and star defender Giorgio Chiellini and left-back Alex Sandro also look doubtful.
Barcelona will still be without the services of their German regular goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and will have to do with Neto who featured in the El Classico last Saturday.
Philippe Coutinho is ruled out having picked up an injury in the defeat to Real Madrid and so is centre-back Samuel Umtiti. Veteran defender Gerard Pique will miss out on the Allianz Arena clash owing to suspension.
Juventus are yet to come to terms under their new coach Andrea Pirlo, winning just two of their five Serie A outings so far and having drawn the remaining three.
For the visitors, Antoine Griezmann could return in place of the injured Coutinho after having to sit out of the clash against Real Madrid.
The Frechman will have the company of the teenage prodigy Ansu Fati and club talisman Lionel Messi to form a formidable trio upfront.
Youngster Ronald Araujo looks set to start, while the poor form of Sergio Busquets and Griezmann are sore points for the Catalans going into the Turin clash.
Koeman's defense will especially be weakened by the absence of Pique and Umtiti and will have to bank on teenager Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba to hold forte.
Juventus V Barcelona Verdict
In a head-to-head between the two, Barcelona have fared better – winning 3, losing 1 and drawing 2 from the six times they have met.
Althought Pirlo's side are well below their best, both teams are even-stevens with a slight bias towards Barcelona.
Juventus probable starting XI in a 4-4-2 formation:
Wojciech Szczesny (goal), Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Merih Demiral, Danilo, Dejan Kulusevski, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa, Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata
Barcelona probable XI in 4-4-2 formation:
Neto (goal), Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Francisco Trincao, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi
Bookmaker Odds & Prediction
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All the bookmakers odds quoted are subject to change and were correct as of 27/10/2020.
- Barcelona to win: 6/4
- Juventus to win: 17/10
- Draw: 12/5
Both Teams To Score
- Yes: 4/7
- No: 5/4
- Draw 1-1: 11/2
- Barcelona 1-0: 9/1
- Barcelona 2-1: 9/1 (probable scoreline)
- Juventus 2-1: 9/1
- Juventus 1-0: 9/1
- Draw 2-2: 12/1
- Barcelona 3-1: 18/1
- Juventus 3-1: 20/1
Anytime goal scorer
- Cristiano Ronaldo: 13/10
- Lionel Messi: 13/10
- Alvaro Morata: 2/1
- Paulo Dybala: 23/10
- Paulo Dybala: 2/1
- Antoine Griezmann: 14/5