Barcelona will be out to seal top spot in Group G when they welcome Italian giants Juventus to Camp Nou in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Barcelona are in pole position in this group after winning all five of their group games so far with comfortable home wins over Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kiev either side of an impressive 2-0 shutdown of Juventus in Turin. They then followed those up with 4-0 and 3-0 away at Dynamo and Ferencvaros respectively.
This Champions League form is in sharp contrast with their La Liga form. They lost 2-1 to Cadiz at the weekend, which marked their worst start to a La Liga campaign since the 1987/88 season.
Ronald Koeman is in an unenviable position at Barca right now with this poor start and the ever-increasing likelihood of Messi exiting the club next summer on a free transfer.
Juventus, like Barca, has already qualified to the next round but they do have an outside shot of toppling Barca from the top spot. It’s a tall order nevertheless as they would need to win by a 3 goal margin or more having already lost to them 2-0 in Turin in the reverse game. That was their only loss of the campaign thus far having won their other four matches against Dynamo and Ferencvaros who have offered nothing other than practice sessions for these two giants.
The Bianconeri, dominant over the years in Italian football, have found the going rough this season, picking up just 20 points from their opening 10 matches to find themselves third in the table behind both of their traditional rivals from Milan.
The Old Lady have often made clear their intent to get back to the pinnacle of European football after enduring prolonged drought. Their last triumph was back in 1996. They’ve made five other finals after that but have incredibly lost them all.
Despite the fact that both teams have already qualified for the next round, we expect both managers to put our strong lineups for this final group game. Cristiano Ronaldo who missed the first leg due to quarantine restrictions is expected to feature in this one. That extra addition alone is enough to give the game a different complexion from the first one. Juve have nothing to lose really and they will go on the attack. We are therefore likely to have an open-ended game and with the quality of attacking players on either side, we feel there is great value in picking both teams to score @ 1.55 with Interwetten as our first betting tip for the game.
Juve are undefeated on their travels in all competitions this season. In that first leg, although Barca won it 2-0, Morata had the ball in the back of the net thrice, and all were ruled out for offside. Given Barca’s defensive woes this season and the fact Juve are almost at full strength now, we fancy the Old lady’s chances of giving Blaugrana their pound of flesh. We are backing them to win or draw the game @ 1.70 with Interwetten bookie review for our final call here.
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