Two of European football’s giants will meet on November 22 with a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on the line.
Okay, so that’s no strictly true as both Juventus and Barcelona are likely to qualify for the knockout phase of the competition, but it is most likely the case that the team that finishes top of Group D will enjoy an ‘easier’ Round of 16 fixture.
1. Juventus v Barcelona Odds - Bookies Predictions
There is plenty to play for in Turin, and Juventus will be desperate to claim revenge after they were thrashed 0-3 by the Catalonian giants in the reverse fixture earlier in the competition.
So can Juventus earn the bragging rights – and the points – on home soil, or will Barcelona once again dish out a footballing lesson to the Old Lady?
You might have expected Juventus to be a slight favourite for this game given that they will enjoy home advantage, but the bookmakers don’t agree and have them as a 2.94 outsider.
Barcelona can be backed at odds of 2.58 to do the double over the Italian giants, while the draw is available at 3.40.
2. Juventus vs Barcelona Betting Tips
By their own high standards, it has not been the best of starts to the 2017/18 campaign for Juventus.
Okay, so they still stand a fantastic chance of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League, and they are only one point behind Napoli at the top of the Serie A table, but certain defensive frailties have started to creep into their game that the Italy greats haven’t displayed in a number of years.
They allowed key defender Leonardo Bonucci to leave the club in the summer, remember, and his absence has left a rather large hole in Juve’s backline. They lost 0-3 at the Nou Camp – okay, there’s no shame in that – but their inability to keep a clean sheet of late (they’ve conceded in 3/4 in the Champions League, and five of their last six in Serie A) must be a concern ahead of a match with free-scoring Barcelona.
FC Barcelona is in a state of flux themselves following the sale of Neymar and his replacement, Ousmane Dembele, suffering a long-term injury, but they have still scored two or more goals in all but one of their La Liga outings and both of their home Champions League matches.
But it is away from home where Lionel Messi and co have struggled. They drew with Atletico on their travels in La Liga, and their away day results in the Champions League read a rather uninspiring 1-0 and 0-0 with Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos respectively.
You may recall that the last time these two sides met on Italian soil it ended 3-0 to Juventus in the Champions League back in April of this year, but we believe this is a different Juve side to the one that flourished that day.
As such, we’re happy to have a small wager on the draw at 3.44 in a game that could go either way.
Juventus and Barcelona will both be looking to assert their dominance on Group D of the Champions League with victory here, so who will go on to take the spoils?