Juventus v Barcelona

Wednesday April 12, 4:45am AEST


Juventus

Juventus put the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Napoli behind them with a comfortable 2-0 win at home over Chievo on Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice for the second game running having previously gone five league games without a goal, while Paulo Dybala continued to shine in behind him.

Perhaps more of a boost to the Bianconeri was the fact they were able to rest Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Barca old boy Dani Alves in defence ahead of this crunch Champions League clash at the Juventus Stadium.

Juve have a formidable record in Turin, having won an incredible 32 league games in a row at home and look heavy favourites to lift a sixth Serie A title in succession.


Barcelona

How different Barcelona’s season would have looked were it not for that magical night at Camp Nou last month.

The Catalans lost 2-0 to lowly Malaga on Saturday night, dealing a blow to their pursuit of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after Zinedine Zidane’s men dropped points earlier in the day against Atletico.

Barca looked ragged in defence at La Rosaleda and Luis Enrique will be desperately hoping Gerard Pique, who missed out through suspension alongside Ivan Rakitic, can come back in and sure things up.

Andres Iniesta was also dropped to the bench for the visit to Spain’s south coast and – having started both games against PSG in the last round – we can expect him to have an important role to play on Tuesday, big game player that he is.


Barcelona

How different Barcelona’s season would have looked were it not for that magical night at Camp Nou last month.

The Catalans lost 2-0 to lowly Malaga on Saturday night, dealing a blow to their pursuit of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after Zinedine Zidane’s men dropped points earlier in the day against Atletico.

Barca looked ragged in defence at La Rosaleda and Luis Enrique will be desperately hoping Gerard Pique, who missed out through suspension alongside Ivan Rakitic, can come back in and sure things up.

Andres Iniesta was also dropped to the bench for the visit to Spain’s south coast and – having started both games against PSG in the last round – we can expect him to have an important role to play on Tuesday, big game player that he is.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals

While the first legs of knockout football have a reputation as low scoring affairs, the Champions League has bucked that trend so far this season.

Six out of eight first leg results in the last round went over 2.5 goals and there will be an embarrassment of attacking riches on display on Tuesday.

Malaga were the first team that has managed to produce a clean sheet against Barcelona since their humbling in Paris. If Juve can’t make it two in a row then overs looks a decent shout at 2.08.


Betting Strategy

BACK – Juventus to win at 2.70


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