Juventus v Barcelona : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: October 27, 2020, 7:50 pm (1 month ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola

Date :Wednesday 28th, October  2020
Time: 9:00pm
Stadium Allianz Stadium
Referee Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Goal Scorer:

Team News

All eyes will be on Ronaldo and whether he can return a negative coronavirus test, which would clear him to play against Barcelona and Messi for the first time since leaving Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in his last 20 appearances versus Barcelona in all competitions, not to mention being the all-time leading goalscorer in the Champions League, ahead of perennial rival Messi.

Juventus have plenty of other injury concerns elsewhere, though, with Giorgio Chiellini limping off on matchday one to join Matthijs de Ligt on the sidelines.

Both players are expected to miss this match too, while Alex Sandro's continued absence further limits their defensive options.

Paulo Dybala was handed a rare start at the weekend and will hope to keep hold of his place in the team regardless of whether Ronaldo is ready to return.
Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Demiral, Bonucci, Danilo; Chiesa, Bentancur, Rabiot, Cuadrado; Ramsey; Dybala, Morata
Juventus Champions League form: W
Juventus form (all competitions): WDWDWD

Barcelona, meanwhile, will be without the suspended Gerard Pique after he was sent off in the 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros on matchday one.

Samuel Umtiti is also still short of match fitness, meaning that Ronald Araujo is likely to partner Clement Lenglet at the heart of the defence.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen's continued absence further weakens Barcelona's rearguard, with Neto expected to get the gloves again, while at the other end Philippe Coutinho is also out with a hamstring problem.

The in-form Ansu Fati will start again alongside Messi, who is the only player to have scored more goals than Ronaldo in the Champions League group stages.

There will be familiar faces on both sides too, with Miralem Pjanic and Arthur having swapped between these two clubs during the summer and Neto having also played for Juve in the past.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Neto; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong; Dembele, Messi, Fati; Griezmann
Barcelona Champions League form: W
Barcelona form (all competitions): WWDLWL

Head To Head
This will be the 14th competitive meeting between these two sides, 11 of which have come in UEFA competition, with Barcelona just about edging the head-to-head record.

Juventus have failed to even score in the last three meetings, but they are unbeaten in their six previous home games against Barca - their joint-best undefeated total against a side in European competition.

The two sides were most recently paired together in the 2017-18 group stages, when Barcelona won 3-0 at Camp Nou and drew 0-0 in Turin.

Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Barcelona

Posted: (1 month ago) on 27-10-2020 07:50 PM | Hero