Barcelona will be looking to secure a top spot in Group D this week in the Champions League when they welcome Italian champions Juventus. The match schedules for Wednesday at Camp Nou with kickoff at 11 pm.
Both times have already booked their spot in the last 16 of the competition, while Barcelona has a three-point advantage over the second-placed Juventus. The Old Lady have a major work in their hands if they are to snatch the top spot from Ronald Koeman’s side on the final matchday.
Barcelona’s Champions League form has been excellent this season, with the side winning all five of their Group G fixtures. The Catalans have an aggregate score of 16-2 to book their spot in the competition’s knockout round comfortably.
The Catalans head into the match with a previous 2-0 win over the Old Lady. In addition, the side registered wins over Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kyiv. However, the side had a different form in the La Liga, especially with their 2-1 loss to Cadiz last weekend.
On the other hand, Juventus already booked a spot in the last 16 while picking 12 points from their five group matches with four wins and one defeat. The reverse fixture against Barcelona saw Cristiano Ronaldo miss after a positive coronavirus test. After marking his 750th goal, the striker will be eager to face off against Lionel Messi.
Barcelona vs. Juventus Head to Head
Both sides have seven games against each other, with Juventus taking home one win while Barcelona with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona
Ferencvarosi 0-3 Barcelona
Barcelona 4-0 Osasuna
Dynamo Kyiv 0-4 Barcelona
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona
Juventus 2-1 Torino
Juventus 3-0 Dynamo Kyiv
Benevento 1-1 Juventus
Juventus 2-1 Ferencvarosi
Juventus 2-0 Cagliari
Barcelona Team News
Ronald Koeman recently announced that Dembele picked up another hamstring injury against Cadiz. Dembele joins Fati, Pique, and Roberto on the treatment table, while Samuel Umtiti is expected to miss out due to ongoing knee problems. Pjanic might be pushing for a recall against his former side.
Juventus Team News
Morata looks more likely to join Ronaldo in a front two while Dybala is dropping to the bench. Federico Chiesa and Kuleveski will be operating in wide areas. Both Adrien Rabiot and Weston McKennie will be pushing for starts.
Prediction and Odds
We expect both teams to select strong teams for this match despite both sides already booking a spot in the last 16.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 3,5