Barcelona vs Juventus | Barcelona can affirm top spot in Group D of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League in the event that they maintain a strategic distance from crush at Juventus on Wednesday.
A win for Juve would place them into the last 16, yet a misfortune could abandon them in threat of passing up a major opportunity for capability to the knockout rounds if Sporting CP beat Olympiakos in the gathering’s other conflict.
Whenever Barca and Juventus met at the Camp Nou in September, the Spanish outfit ran out 3-0 victors, an outcome the Italians will be anxious to keep away from again on Wednesday. Barcelona vs Juventus
Read on for a full review of the conflict, alongside group news, planning points of interest and survey data.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 22
Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT, 2:45 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport ESPN (UK), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)
Live Stream: BT Sport website, Fox Sports Go
Centre-back Gerard Pique will be available again for Barcelona having missed the 0-0 draw with Olympiakos last time out in the Champions League due to suspension.
The Catalan giants have conceded just one goal so far in the competition this season, and the return of the Spain international will help Barca in their attempts to keep another clean sheet.
Juve have plenty of firepower to test Barca, though, and Gonzalo Higuain is in particularly fine form having netted six times in his last five appearances.Barcelona vs Juventus
Paulo Dybala also ended his three-game drought by scoring in Juve’s 3-2 Serie A loss to Sampdoria on Sunday, but he is yet to score in 353 minutes of Champions League action this term.
The defeat to Samp was hardly ideal preparation for Juve, and they will be desperate to bounce back against Barca.
In such a scenario, Juve would still have the advantage as they edge the Portuguese outfit on head-to-head results—the first tie-breaker criteria should they end up level on points.
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But it would be a nervy situation for the Turin club to head into the last round of fixtures unsure whether they will be in the knockout rounds.
They have more than enough quality to cause Barcelona some serious problems, as they proved last term with a 3-0 aggregate defeat of the Blaugrana in the quarter-finals.
However, an impressive defensive performance will be needed to keep out Lionel Messi, Suarez et al, and Higuain and Dybala will have to be clinical when presented with chances at the other end of the field.