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PRE MATCH: BARCELONA VS JUVENTUS.

Barcelona wil be looking will be looking to secure first position in Group G when they welcome Italian champions Juventus to Camp Nou in theChampions League on Tuesday night.


Both sides have already booked their spot in the last-16 stage of the competition, while Barca have a three-point cushion over second-placed Juve, meaning that the Old Lady have serious work to do if they are to snatch first position from Ronald Koeman's side on the final matchday.

The Catalan giants are very much in charge of first position in the section and will only give up top spot to Juve if they lose by three goals or more, or by any two-goal margin other than 2-0.


Koeman's side recorded home wins over Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kiev either side of an impressive 2-0 victory away to Juve, before making it four from four with a 4-0 success against Dynamo on November 24.


Barca were again impressive away to Ferencvaros last week, recording a 3-0 victory to continue their 100% record in this season's competition, and it will be fascinating to see how far the La Liga giants can progress as last term's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich must still be in the back of their minds.

Barca have actually not lost in the group stages of the Champions League since the 2016-17 season, winning 19 of their 25 matches following the defeat to Manchester City. The Catalan side are unbeaten in their last 38 home matches in the European competition, meanwhile, and will certainly be looking to record a morale-boosting victory over the Italian champions on Tuesday night.


Juve, as mentioned, are also already through to the next round, having picked up 12 points from their five group matches courtesy of four wins and one defeat.


The Old Lady will have to come up with a special result to secure first position, but they did beat Dynamo 3-0 at home last week and are certainly capable of running up a big score against their inconsistent hosts.

Juve have reached the last-16 stage of the European Cup in 18 of their previous 21 Champions League group-stage campaigns, but they have only lifted the trophy on two occasions - in 1985 and 1996 - and have incredibly lost seven of their nine European Cup finals, including each of the last five.


The Bianconeri have been so incredibly dominant in Italian football - winning each of the last nine Serie A titles - but it would be fair to say that the Champions League is now the priority for the club.


Andrea Pirlo's side have been far from their best in Serie A this season.hough, picking up just 20 points from their 10 matches to sit third in the table behind AC Milan and Inter Milan.