Barcelona v Juventus – Champions League Preview 12/09/2017
Barcelona begin their Champions League campaign by welcoming Italian giants Juventus to the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
The Spanish side defeated Juventus in the 2015 Champions League Final but the Italians gained their revenge last season. Barcelona were arguably still basking in the glory of their record-breaking comeback in the previous round against PSG.
Juventus proved to be a much tougher nut to crack after securing a 3-0 home leg advantage. A goal from Paulo Dybala and a double for Giorgio Chiellini did the damage in Turin. A second comeback proved beyond Barcelona, failing to register in a goalless second leg. That left Juventus in the semi-finals and a clash with Monaco. They eventually made it to the final but were outclassed by Real Madrid and beaten 4-1.
Barcelona are still adjusting to life after Neymar following his controversial move to PSG. They were unable to prize Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool, for the time-being at least. Ousmane Dembele has joined the ranks while Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lead the line.
Juventus are chasing a first European title since 1996. They have invested heavily in new players during the summer. Blaise Matuidi, Douglas Costa, Federico Bernadeschi and Benedikt Howedes have strengthened the squad.
Massimiliano Allegri appears to have a squad capable of producing another good run in the competition. Both sides are expected to qualify from the group and a hard fought game seems inevitable. Barcelona have won three of the previous nine meetings, Juventus two with four matches drawn. Juventus have battled to a draw on their last two visits while the goal tally has been less than 2.5 in six of the nine games.
Barcelona have won their group on a record 18 occasions and the last time that they failed to do so was back in 2006/07. They have not lost in 21 matches at home in the Champions League, dating back to 2013. They are also unbeaten in their last eleven home fixtures against Italian teams. Juventus have reached the knockout rounds in their last three seasons. Higuaín has a modest record against Barcelona with only three goals in eighteen appearances against them. Juventus will look to stifle Barcelona again here and a 1-1 draw makes some appeal at 8.5.
Barcelona v Juventus Betting Tips 12/09/2017
Barcelona v Juventus DRAW @4.0 Bet365
Barcelona 1 Juventus 1 @8.5 Bet365