Match preview: Barcelona vs Juventus – Team News, Predicted Lineup, UCL – Round 6

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Match Preview - Barcelona vs Juventus

Match Preview: Barcelona vs Juventus

Teams: FC Barcelona, Juventus

Tournament: UCL, Round 6

Venue: Camp Nou

Time and Date: 21:00 Hrs, Tuesday, CET

Referee: Tobias Stieler (German)

FC Barcelona will look to put their suffocating defeat at the weekend against Càdiz behind to triumph the Champions League Group stage with a win against Juventus on Tuesday at Camp Nou.

Ronald Koeman is expected to make changes again to his side but could do with a performance as they suffered on the weekend in the Estadio Ramon de Carranza, struggling to break down the well-organised defence of Cadiz.

The Barcelona side has been plagued with injuries to crucial players in the past weeks and Ousmane Dembélé adds to the list, he suffered an injury on the weekend in the second half against Cadiz and looks set to miss 2 to 3 weeks of action.

Ronald Koeman - Prematch conference

Andrea Pirlo is a man who looks worried by the position of Juventus in the Italian league, where they have struggled to be on top of the table – where they are most of the season, but now find themselves on the 4th position with a gap of 6 points between them and AC Milan. Pirlo is yet to lose a match in the Italian league and has maintained the good defensive performance throughout.

Ronald Koeman does not have to worry about Barcelona’s form in the Champions League as they are the only team in the league to have a 100% record in the 5 matches of the group stage but has some tough decisions to make in the line-up ahead of Tuesday’s clash.

After a long time, we will witness a clash of two of footballs great players against each other as Ronaldo missed the previous fixture in Turin after testing positive for the coronavirus.

TEAM NEWS – Barcelona

Barcelona team training

Neto looks set to return as Ter Stegen is having a bad run of form for the first time since he has signed from M’gladbach. Koeman will go for a safer choice this time and will play Neto in goal.

Ronald Araujo has fully recovered from his hamstring injury and looks set to make a comeback alongside Lenglet who will look to recover from a let-off at the weekend against Cadiz and has a point to prove. Junior Firpo should start along with Sergino Dest on his opposite side while Alba is the one player who looks agitated by his lack of rest.

Pedri will make a return to the team after his half rest on the weekend alongside Pjanic who will face his former teammates for the second time.

American winger Conrad de la Fuente could get his chance as the team is missing the width provided by Dembele and Fati. Trincao will also return to the team after his second-half display at the weekend and will look to score his first goal for Barcelona. Leo Messi will face his strongest opponent Cristiano Ronaldo and will look to silence his critics one more time.

Head to Head: Barcelona vs Juventus

Total Encounters: 12

Barcelona Wins: 5

Juventus Wins: 3

Drawn: 4

Both the teams have met on 12 different occasions with Barcelona coming out on top 5 times and Juventus securing 3 victories, while the other 4 have been drawn. There has been 25 goals scored between both the sides in the last 12 encounters with Barcelona scoring 15 of them.

Expected line-up

Barcelona: Neto; Araujo, Dest, Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri, Messi, Griezmann, Trincao

Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Kulusevski, Rabiot, Bentancur, Chiesa; Morata, Ronaldo

Match prediction –

Barcelona 1-1 Juventus

Both sides are already through to the next round but both managers are expected to select a strong line-up as both of them have a point to prove. The match will most likely end in a draw with both teams sharing the points

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