After a stunning comeback against PSG, Barcelona face Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The first leg of the tie will be played in Italy, so Barcelona will have the advantage of playing the second leg in front of their fans.
Juventus Vs Barcelona Prediction
Barcelona is expected to lineup in their 3-4-3 formation, about which we have discussed in a previous article. Juventus will lineup in their typical 4-2-3-1 formation with Higuain playing as the lone striker.
Juventus Vs Barcelona Prediction- Starting Lineups
Juventus Starting Lineup
Buffon, Alves, Barzagli, Chiellini, Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Dybala, Sturaro, Higuain
Barcelona Starting Lineup
Ter Stegen, S. Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Mascherano, Iniesta, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Juventus Vs Barcelona Result Prediction
Barcelona were miserable against Malaga when they blew another chance to put pressure on Real Madrid after the Madrid Derby ended 1-1. This might be the season when finally Juventus will transfer their domestic dominance to Europe.
Juventus 2-1 Barcelona
This Juventus looks like the best club equipped to break the Real-Bayern-Barcelona’s hold over the Champions League. Many critics of the European competition point out that these three clubs have formed a super-league among themselves and making the competition boring. Atletico have come close to breaking it, but they failed at the last moment thanks to two Sergio Ramos headers.
Barcelona’s 3-4-3 remains vulnerable as we saw against Malaga. An important miss for them would be the out of form Sergio Busquets who is suspended for this game. Busquets who has been a vital part of the starting lineup since 2011 has probably suffered his first major dip in form. Barcelona need the central midfield to be at their best, Iniesta is finally looking his age, Rakitic has struggled this season and none of the youngsters have clicked for Barcelona this season. They have to put up a strong showing in the first leg as Juventus are a really strong and determined team who can finish off the tie in minutes.