Juventus vs. Barcelona: Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg – Match Preview

In a repeat of the 2015 Champions League final, Juventus meet Barcelona in the competition, this time at the Quarter-Final stage.

Juventus once again have a comfortable advantage at the top of Serie A, following a comfortable home success over Chievo Verona on Saturday.

In the previous round, Juventus were too strong for FC Porto, cruising through 3-0 on aggregate.

Barcelona produced the most remarkable of comebacks, eliminating Paris Saint Germain, despite losing the first leg in France 4-0!

On the weekend their La Liga title hopes took a serious dent after they were beaten 2-0 away at Malaga, with Neymar dismissed for Luis Enrique’s side.

Enhanced match odds

Juventus 8/1 or Barcelona 8/1 with 888 Sport*

Barcelona to beat Juventus: 14/1 with Paddy Power*

Barcelona to beat Juventus: 36/1 with Betfair*

Champions League form: Juventus W4 D1 L0; Barcelona W3 D0 L2
Champions League top scorers
Juventus – Gonzalo Higuain 3 goals
Barcelona – Lionel Messi 11 goals

Team news
Dani Alves is set to start from right-back against his former employers, with Stephan Lichtsteiner missing out.

Marko Pjaca is the only injury absentee, with Claudio Marchisio set to miss out for tactical reasons.

Sergio Busquets will miss the first leg through an accumulative ban, meaning Andre Gomes will come into the side.

Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic missed the league defeat to Malaga and both will return here.

Expected starting XI’s
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Iniesta, Gomes; Messi, Suarez, Neymar


Result: Draw (9/4 with 888 Sport)

Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with William Hill)

Anytime Goalscorer: Gonzalo Higuain (17/11 with 888 Sport)

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