Barcelona and Juventus will oppose each other in the final fixture of UEFA Champions League Group G this Wednesday, and though both team have been qualified for the next round, it is probably going to be a tough fight for both sides.
Barcelona has been through such a strange season when they showed different faces in UEFA Champions League compared to La Liga. The Catalan giant recently suffered from a bad result against Cadiz last weekend, but in UEFA Champions League, they are still the leader of Group G. Barcelona has won 5 games in a row including the victory against Juventus to claim the first place in Group G. Meanwhile, Juventus also struggled in Serie A when they currently is ranking in third place and behind AC Milan in the championship fight. Despite that, Juventus are a giant in UEFA Champions League, and so far, Barcelona was the only team in Group G that can defeat Old Lady. Barcelona and Juventus will once again compete this Wednesday, and the prize for a victory is the first place of Group G which can help both team avoid facing strong threat in the next stage of the tournament.
Coming to this clash, Barcelona will not have the service of Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, and Sergi Roberto because of injury. Juventus also struggled with the same problem when they won’t have Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral because of injury. Old Lady’s striker, Alvaro Morata, will also be absent because of yellow cards regulations (he received more than 3 yellow cards in UEFA Champions League eventually).
Despite the missing of some important players, Barcelona and Juventus still have plenty of good players that can offer a wonderful night of soccer. Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo, Miralem Pjanic, Kulusevski, Paulo Dybala, … all of these stars can please spectators world wide with their miraculous feet.
In the previous showcase, Messi was the brightest star and this time, the Argentine striker can once again be a nightmare for Old Lady.
However, Juventus this time said welcome back to a key player, Cristiano Ronaldo. During the last 15 years, Messi and Ronaldo has been a bitter sweet rivalry of soccer world, and it is going to be such a night between two stars when they again compete each other in a match. No matter it is Messi that score a goal or Ronaldo. Whoever scores a goal in a display like this deserves all the praise.
Barcelona and Juventus will also introduce several prospects to their play field in this match. It is going to be a good chance for Barcelona Ronald Araujo, Sergiño Dest, Pedri, and Carles Aleñá show their class since the club struggled with injury problem and lose so many key players. Juventus Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa will also have their own chance to show Andrea Pirlo that he is right to put his faith on their feet.
Two sides have met a total of 12 matches, and Barca have won 5 times when Juventus only got 3 victories. Barcelona definitely has the advantage. They can keep their first ranking position even if El Blaugrana suffered in Italy against Juventus. The condition is that Barcelona does not let the opponent to create a margin of two goals. It is a hooking game of UEFA Champions League this week, and both team are desire to get a good result for themselves, especially Juventus.
They need the first ranking position so that they can avoid facing big challenges right in the round last-16. Hopefully Old Lady can accomplish the task.
Below is the prediction result and the prediction squad.
Barcelona 1-1 Juventus.
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