Though it’s already been a gruelling road thus far this campaign for Spanish powerhouses, Barcelona – another win over Juventus on Wednesday afternoon would mark quite the impressive start to their season.
After finishing last season in misery and blowing a late lead in the La Liga title race, Barca made some changes to keep star forward Lionel Messi, and the team seems to be rounding into form. Over the weekend Barcelona beat rivals Real Madrid in El Classico, and also throttled Ferencvaros last week 5-1 in the Champions League.
Standing in their way will be a worn down Juventus side, playing without their star man in Cristiano Ronaldo. The famous Portuguese striker is battling COVID-19 right now, and it’s highly unlikely he will be able to produce a negative test in time to be able to take the field against Barcelona in this crucial showdown. Last week, Juventus were victorious over Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, but they’re well aware that this is the matchup that will decide who wins the group.
Whenever these two jerseys square off, it’s a special occasion. And though we likely will not be getting Messi pitted against Ronaldo, that amount of quality and skill on the pitch should make this match one to remember. For more detailed analysis, a tactical breakdown, and our winning wager for this Champions League encounter – continue reading on beneath the posted odds for this preview. Enjoy Barca vs. Juventus!
Juventus vs. Barcelona Betting Odds:
Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Juventus vs. Barcelona Pick:
Without Ronaldo, it will be interesting to see how new Juve manager Andrea Pirlo matches up against the skill and pace of Barcelona. He’ll also be down three other key pieces in Alex Sandro on the wing, Matthijs de Ligt, and Giorgio Chiellini at the back. The squad does have depth, but those are tough bodies to fill in for on short notice.
Expect Juventus to line-up in a 3-5-2 formation, trying to clog down the midfield against the pace and creativity of their opponents. Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala will lead the forward line, likely trying to snag a sneaky goal behind a usually stout Barcelona back-line. That duo are particularly prolific in the air, and could be dangerous in the box off of crosses.
Barcelona doesn’t necessarily have the same amount of key concerns, though they will be playing without a key cog in the centre of their defense in Gerard Pique. Following his dismissal from the match last week, Pique is forced to be out for this crucial clash, and it will definitely make some question the middle of Barcelona’s back-line. The Spanish club will look to play fast and push the pace throughout, with Antoine Griezmann playing just behind the clinical Lionel Messi.
Without Ronaldo, there is a distinct edge in talent to Barcelona. And though they are missing Gerard Pique, the fact that Barcelona is likely to have the ball for the vast majority of the match shouldn’t affect their defense too much. Though they are the visiting side, the lack of fans won’t intimidate this battle-tested Barcelona side at all, and expect them to see their skill win out in an entertaining affair. Something along the lines of a 2-1 final seems fitting for Wednesday.