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When the groups were drawn, it was never really in doubt which two sides would be qualifying from this group.
Juventus could finish the group with five wins from six and still end up second owing to Barcelona’s lightening European form, as nothing less than a two-goal victory at the Camp Nou will do for the Old Lady if they want to qualify top.
We were robbed of the return of Messi vs. Ronaldo in the reverse fixture, though both should feature in this clash as they battle for top spot, and the visitors might have an inkling they can get what they want from this game against an inconsistent Barca side.
Indeed, although they remain the only team in the Champions League with a 100% record so far, they sit just three points above the relegation zone in La Liga and haven’t managed back-to-back league wins since their first two games of the season.
They looked to be coming back into a bit of form with three consecutive wins to nil across all competitions, though a 2-1 defeat in Cadiz has put them back to square one.
However, there’s little to suggest their domestic form has carried over to their European ties and history would also suggest Juve are up against it.
The hosts have not lost in the group stages of this competition since tasing defeat against Man City in the 2016/17 campaign, a run which includes 19 wins from 25 matches.
Agreed, big clashes like this aren’t too frequent in the group stages and the vast majority of those matches have come against sides much weaker than Juventus, although they did face the Italians in the 2017/18 group stage, winning 3-0 in this exact fixture, while their home record is something to marvel at as they’re now unbeaten in 38 Champions League matches at the Camp Nou.
While Barca are falling short in La Liga, Juventus aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders in Serie A either. They currently sit fourth behind the two Milan clubs and Napoli, albeit unbeaten, and are just W3-D4 on the road this season with the three victories coming against Dynamo Kiev, Spezia and Ferencvaros, none of whom hold a candle to the Catalans so there’s little to suggest they can come away with three points.
Ronaldo To Score Anytime
The one this the Turin club have at their disposal is Cristiano Ronaldo, who seems to have a monumental impact on the club’s fortunes as they’ve gone W7-D2 from matches in which he’s featured this year as he’s contributed 10 goals from just nine games so far.
While the Portuguese hasn’t managed to score against Barcelona in the Campions League from five games, all five of those meetings came before the 2011/12 season and he has a fantastic record at the Camp Nou, scoring 12 in 12 there since then.
Draw And Both Teams To Score
Juve have drawn their last two away matches and have picked up four stalemates in total on the road this year, while two of their last three victories have relied on 90th minute winners from Alvaro Morata and Leonardo Bonucci.
Barca have a strong W5-D1-L1 home record this year, though they’ve only faced two sides that could realistically be considering in Juventus’ bracket as they drew to Sevilla and lost to rivals Real Madrid, so the draw and both teams to score looks to hold great value.