Juventus are set to welcome Barcelona at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday in the pick of Matchday 2 of the group stage of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League fixtures.
Juventus haven’t quite lit up the Serie A under new coach Andrea Pirlo. They have however had a solid start going unbeaten in their opening five games of the season, albeit winning just two of the games and drawing thrice, with the latest draw coming at the weekend at home against Hellas Verona. Their struggles upfront can mostly be attributed to the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo who is still recovering after contracting the virus.
They kicked off their Champions League campaign on a high though, winning 2-0 away at Dynamo Kiev, with their summer signing, former Real and Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata scoring both goals.
The Old Lady will be banking on their recent terrific home record in the Champions League where they have won the last four straight matches.
Despite starting the season brightly with back-to-back wins following a calamitous summer, on and off the pitch, Barcelona have come unstuck, winning just one of their last 4 matches – the 5-1 home win over minnows Ferencvaros in the Champions League opener. They have now lost back-to-back La Liga games, with the latest being the embarrassing 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid on Saturday in this season’s first instalment of the El Classico.
Despite the loss, Ronald Koeman was pleased with the performances upcoming stars Ansu Fati and Sergiño Dest. He will, however, need the other senior players, particularly Messi to put a much better shift if he is to get anything out of this match.
A win here will certainly put their season back on track. Another loss will turn the spotlight and pressure firmly on Koeman.
Even though, both of these teams are struggling to adjust to their respective new coaches to start the season, Juventus are in a much better place having gone undefeated in their 5 games. Barcelona, despite a solid start, have started showing their cracks and have looked a pale shadow of themselves, losing their last two league games. Juventus have a good record playing at home. Despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, they still have quality players like Morata and Dybala who can cause a Barcelona defense ravaged with injuries, a few problems. We fancy them to win or draw the game @ 1.57 with Betway as our first betting tip for the game.
With both sides looking at this match as a possible reset game for their seasons, it may turn out to be a fiercely contested game, with neither side willing to give an inch to the other. Games of this nature tend to be overly physical and as a result, it would be prudent to explore the cards market. The last 4 straight Champions League encounters between them has resulted in 4 or more bookings. Betway betting app have priced Over 3.5 bookings @ 1.40 with and we feel there is some value in backing it for our final tip for this clash.
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