Juventus v Barcelona Predictions & Betting Odds – 22nd November 2017

Juventus to hold out against Barca

/
Barcelona

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 22nd November 7.45pm

A big high profile match and if this game ends up in a draw it would sort of suit both of them. A draw wins the group of Barcelona while a point sees Juventus go and lock in second place in the group. So the draw will likely have some appeal in the match outright. Earlier in the group campaign, Juventus were destroyed by Barcelona at the Nou Camp and will at least be looking for a bit of revenge.

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Tips

This game in Turin now is going to be the highlight of the Wednesday night fixtures for match day five. All that the Italians have to do is avoid defeat in the game to book a place in the round of sixteen. If it ends up as a draw then it will mean that both of these go through to the next round. If Juventus though want to try and push on and actually top the group then they need to roll out a victory in this one. Juventus rolled out a stunning 3-0 home win over the Catalans in the quarter finals last season but suffered a big 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp back on match day one of this season’s campaign. Since losing to Barcelona on match day one, Juve have recovered to a W2 D1 L1 record. At home, they have taken a 2-0 win over Olympiakos and a 2-1 victory over Sporting. There really should be goals in this fixture and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 9/10.

Juventus vs Barcelona 2017 Infographic

Their 3-0 win over Barcelona in Turin in the first leg of the quarter finals was a crucial result that allowed them to play out a 0-0 draw back at the Nou Camp. Can they rally themselves to produce another to home performance of that magnitude against the Spaniard?. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced Juventus victory is 1-0 option at a price of 17/2. The 1-1 draw is the shortest priced option at 11/2. The Bianconeri have a massive streak of unbeaten home form in Europe going as they are now undefeated in 25 games (W16 D9), so that’s impressive and they have a great home record against Spanish opposition as well. Juve are W15 D8 L2 at home against La Liga opposition and are unbeaten in their last eight at home against Spanish visitors. They have lost just one of their last 24 games in Turin against Spanish opponents (W15 D8). So that’s all fantastic reading for them. Their main options in the anytime goalscorer market are Gonzalo Higuain at 5/4 and Paulo Dyeable at 11/8. Juve slipped to a defeat against Sampdoria in Serie A on the week, their first loss in seven in all competitions.

Just a draw then suits Barcelona as that is good enough to win them the group. Barcelona are W3 D1 so far in their campaign, surprisingly being held to a 0-0 draw at Olympiakos on match day four in Piraeus. That was like a victory for the Greeks. Barcelona are in control of the group, but they don’t have great form out in Italy. Their away record against Italian clubs is W6 D9 L6 but they are actually without a win in any of their last five visits there with a D3 L2 record. Away from home in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage, they took a 1-0 win at Sporting before that 0-0 draw at Olympiakos so the goals haven’t flowed for them particularly. Still, both teams to score at bet365 is a price of 7/10 because of the scoring power that is on show in this one and Juve need to attack to try and top the group. Barca are unbeaten in 17 matches in all competitions, winning 15, and have kept 12 clean sheets during that run.

Barcelona to win to nil at bet365 is a price of 10/3. Looking at Barcelona’s away from in Europe, it isn’t particularly strong, with only five wins in their last thirteen road games in the UEFA Champions League and they have lost three of their last six on the road, including a 4-0 loss at PSG last season and their 3-0 defeat at Juventus. So they haven’t been in great shape away from the Nou Camp. The last time that the Blaugrana failed to get beyond the round of sixteen in the UEFA Champions League was way back in 2006/07. Lionel Messi has been having a prolific season in front of goal and he is a price of 4/5 in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market with Luis Suarez at 7/5. Messi has 19 goals in 23 outings for club and country this term and he only needs three more to make it to 100 UEFA Champions League goals. He is 11/4 favourite in the first goalscorer market.

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 7/5, Draw 7/4, Draw 5/2

Juventus v Barcelona Predictions

A draw is all that both sides need and a draw is worth backing on the night evidence of the first meeting Barcelona are the better of the two sides but Juventus are a tough nut at home in Turin and can pick up a point.