19:45 GMT 22 November 2017
In arguably the biggest clash of match week five of this season’s UEFA Champions League, two of Europe’s biggest clubs go head-to-head as we start to find out which sides will be progressing to the knockout stage of the competition. In Group D, it’s the two leading sides, Barcelona and Juventus, who meet at the Juventus Stadium. The hosts are second in the group with three points separating them from their upcoming opponents and group leaders, Barca who can secure qualification with a win.
All six of the previous meetings between these two sides have come in the Champions League and it is Barcelona who have the slight edge with two wins to Juve’s one. The biggest of those wins came in the 2014/15 final as the Catalan giants won 3-1 in Berlin while the other came in the reverse fixture of this group stage. Juventus’ only win came in last season’s competition as they knocked out Barca thanks to a 3-0 win in the first leg. Between them, the sides have kept three clean sheets in the last three match-ups.
A win for Juventus would see them go level on points at the top of the group with Barcelona and a win by three goals or more would put them top. They have no injury worries going into the match and have a great chance to beat Messi and co. Latest matches: Juventus Turin
Latest matches: Juventus Turin
Three points for Ernesto Valverde’s side would see them secure the top position in Group D but with several injuries, it won’t be easy against a strong Juventus side. Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Andre Gomes, Sergi Roberto and Javier Mascherano will all miss out while Arda Turan is expected to feature in the matchday squad.
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|18.11.2017||LaLi||CD Leganes||FC Barcelona||0:3||W|
|04.11.2017||LaLi||FC Barcelona||Sevilla FC||2:1||W|
|31.10.2017||UEFA||Olympiacos FC||FC Barcelona||0:0||D|
|28.10.2017||LaLi||Athletic Bilbao||FC Barcelona||0:2||W|
|24.10.2017||Copa||Real Murcia CF||FC Barcelona||0:3||W|
Both teams are unbeatable on their day but this one could come down to whichever side wants it more. With no injuries and home advantage, Juventus are slight favourites but it is impossible to write Barcelona off with Messi and Suarez in their squad. A draw is probably the most realistic outcome as it is far too hard to call but it is Juventus who need the win most while a point for Barca will be seen as a success.
22 November 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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