Match Time：9/13/2017 02:45 Wednesday (GMT+8)
There is no doubt that this is the most expected game in the first round of Champions League.Both clubs are very powerful and it should be an exciting clash.Barcelona comes after 2 wins in their domestic league and the team is playing very well so far.Juventus eliminated Barcelona in the previous edition of the tournament.They also started Serie A with 2 wins, where the team managed to score 7 goals.It should be really tough game.
Barcelona: Getting better (Recent Form: WWWLLW)
Barcelona had a poor start to this season as they suffered from two defeats to Real Madrid in Spanish Super Cup. But then, the Catalan outfit started playing better and won the next games. Before the international break they beat Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves (both 2:0). These were average performances from ‘Blaugrana’, but on last Saturday they played well and comfortably outplayed Espanyol (5:0) in a derby match. Dembele made his debut and he provided an assist to Luis Suarez in the fifth goal. Barcelona take on Juventus on Tuesday at Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. Sergi Roberto has recovered so only Arda Turan and Rafinha remain sidelined with injuries.
Probabe line-ups: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Deulofeu, Luis Suarez
Juventus: Three league wins (Recent Form: WWWLLD)
Juventus started this season in the same way as Barcelona, with a Super Cup defeat (to Lazio). Then, they bounced back and won the 3 league matches to date. Now it’s time for away encounter in UCL. “It's a game of great prestige. It will be a tough contest, where we want to send a strong signal of intent to show everyone that this year too we want to progress to the competition's latter stages,” said Andrea Barzagli. Lichtsteiner and Pjaca are not in squad, whereas Chiellini and Mandzukic are doubts.
Probable line-ups: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Sturaro, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
All in all, it looks like hosts are favourites of this clash. Barcelona seem to be getting back on right track and the situation with the squad is good. Juventus have some doubtful players and in my opinion Barcelona should be able to win this match.
Nowgoal Pick: Barcelona -0.50 @1.72
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