One of the most talked about fixtures in the Champions League Group stage matches, will take place in Turin on Wednesday evening as Barcelona takes on Juventus, which will be a repeat of the 2015 final.
The perennial Serie A champions, who are gunning for a 10th straight title domestically, currently only sit fifth after five games of the campaign, having dropped points in three of those already.
The Bianconeri were not entirely convincing on matchday one either, although Alvaro Morata's second-half brace got their Group G campaign off to a winning start away to Dynamo Kiev.
Of course, the absence of coronavirus-infected Ronaldo has not helped their cause and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will undergo a test 24 hours before kickoff to determine his availability for this match. Juve will justifiably expect to seal their place in the knockout rounds once again, but it is their double-header against Barca which is likely to determine first and second spot, and subsequently an easier route through the knockout rounds.
Barca have never won away from home against Juventus, although their overall record against Italian teams is far more impressive - no defeats in their last six and just two defeats from their last 18. The Spanish giants have a formidable record in the group stages too, going undefeated in their last three campaigns and losing only one of their last 17 such matches on the road. Considering their form heading into this one, hopes will not be too high of that changing here, although this is a contest between two European giants who are used to winning a lot more frequently than they have managed so far this term.
Head to Head Record: Juventus vs Barcelona
This will be the 14th competitive meeting between these two sides, 11 of which have come in UEFA competition, with Barcelona just about edging the head-to-head record. Juventus have failed to even score in the last three meetings, but they are unbeaten in their six previous home games against Barca - their joint-best undefeated total against a side in European competition. The two sides were most recently paired together in the 2017-18 group stages, when Barcelona won 3-0 at Camp Nou and drew 0-0 in Turin.
Although Barcelona has the same team from their Champions League team from 2015 as winners, this is a team which is in disarray amid locker room accusations and strife. Juventus has been struggling to find there way as they get use to Pirlo’s different lineups but are in a much better shape then Barcelona. Look for the Old Lady to get back to winning ways again.
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona
By: Yusuf Nakhooda