Juventus host Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday with the Leo Messi vs Ronaldo rivalry set to continue. The Catalan club sit three points clear of the Old Lady in Group G and will be satisfied with a draw at Camp Nou.
Barcelona have won all five matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Catalans have scored 16 goals and conceded just two. Ronald Koeman’s side beat Ferencvaros 5-1 & 3-0, Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 & 4-0 with a 2-0 victory against Juventus in Italy. Barcelona’s La Liga campaign is not going well with four wins and four defeats in their opening 10 matches. They beat Osasuna 4-0 at Camp Nou with Martin Braithwaite, Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi on the score sheet. They suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Cadiz on Saturday. They fell behind from a corner in the 8th minute, equalised in the 57th through an own goal but fell behind again from a defensive blunder. Barcelona bossed the match with 82% possession and 21-7 shots but shot themselves in the foot with central defenders Óscar Mingueza and Clément Lenglet making errors leading to goals. Barcelona continue to miss injured centre-backs Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti. The versatile Sergi Roberto is injured alongside attackers Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé.
Juventus are yet to lose in 10 Serie A matches this season after five wins and five draws. The Old Lady drew 1-1 at Benevento with Alvaro Morata scoring the opener and getting sent off in added time. Andrea Pirlo’s side recorded an easy 3-0 home win against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League. That made it four wins by 2+ goals in the group stage with the other result being a 2-0 home defeat to Barcelona. Juventus beat Torino 2-1 at home on Saturday. They fell behind in the 9th minute but hit back with late goals to Weston McKennie and Leonardo Bonucci, both heading home crosses from Juan Cuadrado. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is injured alongside centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral. Striker Alvaro Morata should start in Barcelona after being suspended in Serie A.
Barcelona won 2-0 in Italy in the first group stage match this season with Ousmane Dembélé and Lionel Messi on target. Barcelona took on Juventus in back to back UEFA Champions League seasons with the second leg being draws on both occasions. In the 2016/17 quarterfinals Juventus won 3-0 at home before a 0-0 draw in Spain. In the 2017/18 group stage Barcelona won 3-0 at home before a 0-0 draw in Italy. Barcelona face a tricky test against Juventus but can secure the draw required to finish top of the group.
PREDICTION : BARCELONA 2-1 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 1.5 FT GOALS