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Juventus vs Barcelona. Match Preview

Juventus vs Barcelona

Champions league is back with some amazing matches on our spotlight. Quarterfinals will head on with two great games. In one of them, Juventus host Barcelona. The repetition of UCL final 2015, one may say, but this is a new match and a new history. Let’s figure out the pre-match arrangement and the way that both teams reach this match.

Both teams are fighting for the title in their local leagues and now they will have their ways crossed in Europe. Juventus beat Chievo in their most recent Serie A match. Allegri’s men are 6 points ahead of their nearest rival in Italy, which almost surely guarantees a title for them. Juventus are not of such teams that will allow this advantage slip away. Barcelona, on their side, lost to Malaga in an away game despite having a huge opportunity to level with Real Madrid.

Juventus vs Barcelona

Road to Quarters

Juventus

The Old lady occupied the first place in Group H leaving Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb behind. It’s worth mentioning, that Allegri’s men didn’t lose a single game during those 6 matches. Successfully reaching the Round of 16, Juventus received Porto as their first opponent in playoffs. The Italian giants didn’t leave any opportunity to The Dragons and defeated them in both matches, without conceding any goal.

  • Juventus won 6 matches out of 8, while two more matches ended with a draw.
  • Juventus scored 14 goals (1.75 goals per game). 8 of those goals were scored with a right foot, 5 goals were scored with a left foot and only one goal was a result of a header.
  • Juventus made 118 shots in all matches, and only 38 of those shots were on target.
  • Juventus have 89% passing accuracy. 4682 of 5222 passes were successful.

Barcelona

The Catalan side finished on top of Group C, as they won 5 of 6 matches and lost only once. They were in one group with Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic. Barcelona were one of the most prolific teams in the group stage, having scored 20 goals. Only Borussia Dortmund have more goals, 21. In the Round of 16, Barcelona faced PSG which will be remembered as one of the best ties in football history overall. You will hardly forget the fantastic matches in both legs. Paris-Saint Germain earned a superb victory with 4 goals to 0, but Lionel Messi and Co. proved their qualities and made the impossible. They outscored the French side 6-1 and reached the Quarters.

  • Barcelona won 6 matches out of 8, but contrary to Juventus, they lost on two occasions.
  • Barcelona scored 26 goals (3.25 goals per game), which is the best result in UCL this season. 12 goals were scored by the left foot, 11 goals – by the right foot, 2 goals – with a header.
  • Barcelona made 92 shots overall and 47 of them reached the target.
  • Barcelona have 89% passing accuracy, the same as Juventus. 4915 of 5491 passes reached the destination.

Team News

Juventus

Juventus

Marco Pjaca is the only player who will not be available for Max Allegri. All others are fit and ready to face Barcelona. Allegri made some changes to his usual starting eleven at the weekend and is now expected to recall upon the services of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Mario Mandžukić and Miralem Pjanic when they host Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Daniel Alves will be facing his former club Barcelona for the first time after leaving the club and joining Juventus last summer.

Juan Cuadrado, on his side, will have to be careful not to receive a yellow card as he is a booking away from getting a ban and missing next match.

Barcelona

Barcelona

Sergio Busquets will have to sit out the upcoming match as he reached the yellow cards’ limit in the return leg match against PSG. Neymar, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique are also on verge of missing the return leg match vs Juventus, providing that they get a booking on Tuesday.

Pique and Rakitic missed the last weekend’s clash against Malaga due to suspensions and will have fresh legs to face Juventus.

It’s yet to be decided who will replace Busquets in the centre of the park, as Luis Enrique will have to solve a difficult puzzle to find an ideal replacement for him.

Possible lineups

Juventus

Juve squad

Barcelona

Barca

Head-to-Head stats and recent matches

Juventus lost only 1 match in their 6 recent encounters and that only match which was in Copa Italia against Napoli didn’t cost anything to them as they qualified for the final.

Juventus’s last 6 matches

 Juventus 2:1 A. Milan W
Juventus 1:0 F. Porto W
Sampdoria 0:1 Juventus W
Napoli 1:1 (Serie A) Juventus D
Napoli 3:2 (Copa) Juventus L
Juventus 2:0 Chievo W

Barcelona lost two matches in their last 6 appearances and on both occasions they were beaten by teams from the bottom part of La Liga table.

Barcelona’s last 6 matches

Barcelona 6:1 P. S. Germain W
D. L. Coruna 2:1 Barcelona L
Barcelona 4:2 Valencia W
Granada 1:4 Barcelona W
Barcelona 3:0 Sevilla W
Malaga 2:0 Barcelona L

Juventus vs Barcelona: Previous meetings

Juventus Barcelona

These two teams faced each other 10 times previously, while none of them has an advantage in terms of victories. Both teams won 4 matches and two more matches ended with a draw. Their most recent meeting was in UEFA Champions league final 2015, where Barcelona outperformed the Italian side 3-1.

UEFA Champions League 2014/15, Final
  06.06.2015 Juventus 1:3 (0:1) Barcelona
UEFA Champions League 2002/03, Quarterfinal
  22.04.2003 Barcelona 1:2 aet (1:1, 1:1) Juventus
UEFA Champions League 2002/03, Quarterfinal
  09.04.2003 Juventus 1:1 (1:0) Barcelona
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1990/91, Semifinal
  24.04.1991 Juventus 1:0 (0:0) Barcelona
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1990/91, Semifinal
  10.04.1991 Barcelona 3:1 (0:1) Juventus
UEFA European Champions’ Cup 1985/86, Quarterfinal
  19.03.1986 Juventus 1:1 (1:1) Barcelona
UEFA European Champions’ Cup 1985/86, Quarterfinal
  05.03.1986 Barcelona 1:0 (0:0) Juventus
InterCities Fair Cup 1970/71, 1/16 finals
  04.11.1970 Juventus 2:1 (2:0) Barcelona
InterCities Fair Cup 1970/71, 1/16 finals
  20.10.1970 Barcelona 1:2 (0:0) Juventus
Latin Cup 1952, Semifinal
  26.06.1952 Barcelona 4:2 Juventus

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