Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Juventus vs Barcelona Match Preview, Possible Lineups + Other Today's UCL Fixtures

Barcelona will be keen to keep their unbeaten run alive when they take on familiar foes Juventus on matchday five of the 2017/18 Champions League.
MATCH INFO:
Juventus vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:45 - Nigerian
Venue: Allianz Stadium (Turin).
After a draw in the last round, a loss to Sweden in the World Cup qualification playoffs, and a loss at the weekend, some of Juve's players are feeling let-down at the moment.

On the other hand, Barca were held to a goal-less draw by Olympiacos which halted their three match winning run as well as the chance to finish as group leaders. Yet, a draw at Turin will confirm this, but not many teams had return with points in their bag from this stadium.

TEAM NEWS:

Juventus - Coach Max Allegri has no injuries or suspensions to deal with, but we are likely to see the return of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala to the starting lineup along with left back Alex Sandro.

Barcelona - Manager Ernesto Valverde has injuries to wingers Ousmane Dembele and Arda Turan, center back Javier Mascherano, and center backs Andre Gomes, Sergi Roberto, and Rafinha.

TEAM FORM: 

Juve have a loss, three wins, and a draw in their last five matches.

Barca have four wins and a draw in their last five matches.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi; Costa, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain
Juventus 4-2-3-1 football formation

Barcelona (4-4-2): ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Iniesta, Paulinho, Busquets, Deulofeu; Suarez, Messi
F.C. Barcelona 4-4-2 football formation

KEY STATS:
  • This match will be the eighth meeting between Barcelona and Juventus.
  • Barca have three wins, two draws, and two wins against the Old Lady so far.
  • Barcelona haven't lost since the Super Cup losses to Real Madrid back in August.  
PREDICTION:

Juve 2-1 Barca - The Italians will dominate the game and will emerge victorious in today's night against the Spanish giants.

TODAY'S UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES IN FULL

18:00  —   CSKA Moscow VS Benfica

18:00  —   Qarabag FK VS Chelsea

20:45  —   Basel VS Manchester United

20:45  —   Anderlecht VS Bayern Munich

20:45  —   Paris Saint Germain VS Celtic

20:45  —   Atletico Madrid VS Roma

20:45  —   Juventus VS Barcelona

20:45  —   Sporting CP VS Olympiacos

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