class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The hosts boast an imperious record in their own stadium in European competition and we think they offer good value against the side from La Liga
Barcelona travel to the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening to face Juventus in what is arguably the biggest game of matchday two of this season’s Champions League.
Ronaldo Koeman’s side come into the game following defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico, compounding a miserable domestic start which sees them sitting in 12th place in La Liga.
Andrea Pirlo’s men have also been underwhelming domestically, and nine points from a possible 15 means they are currently fifth in Serie A.
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Both sides were victorious on matchday one, with Juve overcoming Dynamo Kiev 2-0 and Barcelona beating Ferencvaros 5-1 at the Camp Nou.
The Catalans do not travel well in Europe’s premier club competition, winning just five of their last 14 away games, but bet365 offer them as 6/4 (2.50) favourites.
Surprisingly, Juve are available at 7/4 (2.75) despite having lost just twice at home in the group stages in 20 years. The draw can be backed at 12/5 (3.40).
Juventus vs Barcelona Team News
Juventus are waiting to see whether Cristiano Ronaldo can be involved after testing positive for coronavirus, whilst Alex Sandro, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthjis De Ligt are all doubtful.
Barcelona are with Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Philippe Coutinho through injury, while Gerard Pique is suspended.
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Neither side has begun their respective domestic campaigns as they would have liked and both will be looking at this game as a way to kick-start their season in style.
The presence of Ronaldo would surely be a massive boost for Pirlo’s side but even without the Portuguese forward, Juve will feel they have enough attacking threat to trouble a Barcelona defence devoid of its most experienced member in Pique.
Given Juve’s host of in-form forwards in Alvaro Morata, Dejan Kulusevski, and Paulo Dybala, combined with their superb home record and Barcelona’s poor form on the road in the competition, backing a home win appeals.
As well, not only are the visitors missing their leader at the back, they are without their first choice goalkeeper and their most important defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets is suffering a dramatic dip in form.
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Juventus vs Barcelona Tips and Predictions
Juventus are available at a healthy 103/100 (2.03) at +0.0 on the Asian handicap, which sees the initial stake returned if the game ends as a draw and will pay out in full if Juve win.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.