Juventus vs Barcelona Soccer Predictions and betting : The world football is set on fire with some fiery battles in the first week of the UEFA Champions League. Almost all top team have got off to a winning start except the likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid who struggled to pose a tough challenge to their respective opponents.
The 2nd week of the Champions league is filled with some interesting battles but the biggest game that everyone was anticipating is between Juventus and Barcelona with still doubts on Ronaldo’s return to the game. Both the teams are eyeing on that top spot in the table and a win here will help them for the greater cause. The match between the two giants will take place on 28th October 2020.
Juventus vs Barcelona Soccer Predictions and betting Summary
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Juventus vs Barcelona Soccer Predictions and betting : Recent form
Barcelona had a lot of work to do after a horrendous run in 2019. They were nowhere near their best with a 2nd place finish in La Liga and a horrible defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the champions league.
It was important for the team to regroup with a couple of players leaving the club at the start. In the last 8 games of this season, they have managed to win 6 games along with a loss and a draw. They started their UEFA campaign on a high with a comfortable win Ferencvaros with the players playing as a single unit.
Juventus had a good outing in Italy with a Serie A championship and runners up title in other major trophies of Italy. But their European campaign was cut short after a shocking defeat to Lyon. Even though they have been the best Italian side, they have failed to carry that success into Champions League.
In the recent past, they have played 6 games in which they have won on 4 occasions and lost twice scoring 16 goals during the period. They got off to a winning start in UEFA with a 2-0 victory against Dynamo Kyiv that has given them confidence for the games to come.
Juventus vs Barcelona Soccer Predictions and betting : Head-to-head
Last 5 matches: Barcelona – 2, Juventus – 1, Draw – 2.
Recent Meeting: Barcelona held Juventus to a goal-less draw in an UEFA Champions league fixture.
Juventus vs Barcelona Soccer Predictions and betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The Barcelona will go in with a 4-2-3-1 combination with Lionel Messi as their prime striker with a secured defense line in place. The Juventus might fall back to their 4-4-2 formation that has got them so much success over the years.
The game against Ferencvaros showed how solid the Barcelona attack is with an all-time great like Lionel Messi leading from the front. Messi will carry the attack like he has done on numerous occasions in the past. The Argentine has 11 goals in the last 15 games along with 88.3% pass rate and 4.4 shots on target per game.
Antoine Griezmann will have to assume more responsibility for this season who has 9 goals and an assist in 15 games. He also gives 1.6 shots on target and 0.9 key passes per game along with a passing accuracy of 83.9%.
The 17-year old Ansu Fati has impressed everyone with 3 goals in 3 games and looks like a future prospect for the team.
Phillippe Coutinho is yet another quality attacking player who scored an important last game and has 87.1% pass accuracy along with 1.8 shots on target per game.
The attack of the Juventus was in a spot of bother with Ronaldo affected by COVID, but he has been tested negative recently which means that he will most probably play against Barcelona. One of the world’s best striker has 6 goals and an assist in 7 games with a pass accuracy of 87.7% and can single handedly win games for the side.
Alvaro Morata who has just come is a great addition in terms of player’s skill in aerial duels and finishing. He has scored 4 goals and currently has 2.3 shots on target and a key pass in three games for Juventus.
He will have to be supported by wingers Portanova and Kulusevski who will have to play bigger roles with their prime striker not in contention. Manolo Portonova currently has 1 goal with 86.7% pass accuracy along with 4 shots on target in the only game he has played.
Looking at the defense, Barcelona looks formidable with the likes of Pique, Alba, Roberto and Lenglet in the eleven but have often been complacent when played against a top opponent.
Gerrard Pique will have to tackle better but he manages to have 92.3% pass accuracy so far along with 2.2 interceptions and 3.2 clears per game so far.
Jordi Alba is exceptional in aerial duels, ball interception and counter attacks extremely well. He has a pass success of 85.5%, 0.7 shots per match and 1.3 clears per match. Sergi Roberto should play a crucial role in guarding the backlines. He enjoys 88.9% success and is exceptional in the air with 1 aerial won per game.
The defense of Juventus looked improved with a clean sheet against Dynamo Kyiv. Bonucci is the leader of the defense who is on to his business of regular tackles and counter attacks. He is a quality defender having 91% pass completion, 1.4 aerials, 3.4 clears and 1.1 tackles every game.
Giorgio Chiellini is someone who thrives under pressure for the team. The veteran player still has 90.4% pass success and is exceptional in the air. He clears very quickly with an average of 3 per game along with intercepting the attack at the rate of 1.4 per game.
Danilo has also done a wonderful job for the team with regards to aerial duels as well as providing crosses but he sometimes loses the intensity. He has 88.9% pass success along with 0.8 dribble, 2.5 clears and 0.5 block in each match.
Juventus vs Barcelona prediction and betting analysis:
The epic clash between Juventus and Barcelona will be played on 28th October in the Juventus stadium at 10 pm local time. This is the match that every football fan was looking forward with the Messi-Ronaldo face-off renewing yet again in the champions league. Even though most platforms have put Juventus ahead of Barcelona, even they know that it won’t be easy to take down a top team like Barcelona.
Sofascore are expecting a win for the home team with the Barcelona not so far behind in the battle. FCTables are expecting a tight fight with both the teams giving everything for that 3 points. They have placed Juventus just ahead with 37% chance whereas Barcelona are at 35% chance in this epic battle.
BettingExpert are also favoring Juventus in this battle with better odds but FiveThirtyEight are one of those few platforms to put Barcelona ahead by a considerable margin against their Italian counterparts.