Unfortunately, we won’t see Cristiano Ronaldo in this event, but be sure that Juventus has enough power to stand up to Barcelona even without the Portuguese.
Juventus vs. Barcelona Preview
The fans across the globe were eager to see Ronaldo and Messi once again, which is why Wednesday’s game attracts so much attention. Also, it is of the utmost importance for both clubs, due to their pale form presented in the recent few weeks. Juve had two draws in a row in the domestic championship, and Barca two defeats, one against Real this Saturday.
Juventus vs. Barcelona Odds
When, Where, and How to Watch Juventus vs. Barcelona
- When: Wednesday, October 28, 4 pm ET
- Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
- How to Watch: CBS
Juventus Needs to Bounce Back
The Old lady had two 1-1 draws in Serie A recently. The first was on the road against Crotone, and now at home against Verona. We need to say, that both sides are, at best, average teams compared to the rest of Serie A.
Due to these two slips, and another draw against Roma earlier this season, Juve is only fifth in the standings, already showing multiple weaknesses. Many think that Andrea Pirlo doesn’t have the capacity to lead a crew filled with numerous superstars, among them Ronaldo, who isn’t keen on accepting authorities.
The latest four matches Juventus played ended with 2 or 3 goals, and seven in the last ten overall had the same outcome. By the way, Juve didn’t lose for 8 straight.
Koeman’s Rough Start
It seems that the Dutch legend didn’t start as planned at Camp Nou. This defeat against Real Madrid severely damaged fans’ affection towards their former captain, and we could even hear some voices of displeasure coming from various sides.
Loss in El Clasico was the third match over the past four in which Barca didn’t win, with the only success coming against Ferencvaros in the UEFA Champions League, 5-1. Blaugrana played a draw at home vs. Sevilla, 1-1, then lost against Getafe on the road, 1-0, before a 1-3 disaster against Zidane’s boys.
This isn’t Barcelona that we expected from Koeman. It does show some glimpses of Dutch’s vision, with fast flank players who are direct when it comes to attacking the goal, but the defense and the midfield are way below needed standards of play.
Head to Head Matches
There have been 13 matches so far between these two sides, with the current record slightly leaning to Juve’s side. The Old Lady has five wins, while Barca posted four, with the same number of games ending with a draw. By the way, the goal-difference is 15-14 in Barcelona’s favor.
In 2015 they played the finals, and Barca defeated Juve 3-1.
This is a very hard match for prediction. Both Juve and Barcelona will be very conservative and defensive-minded due to recent failures. They can’t allow another disappointing result, and that is why we don’t believe in a high efficiency here. Two or three goals for the entire 90 minutes should be the best possible pick for Wednesday’s spectacle.