Barcelona and Juventus are slowly getting used to facing each other in the UEFA Champions League, with the Catalans recording a 3-1 win in the 2014/2015 final, before the Bianconeri secured a 3-0 aggregate triumph in last year’s quarter-finals.
This is the first time they will be squaring off in the group stage, but that is unlikely to make Tuesday’s encounter any less interesting.
Rafinha Alcantara and Paco Alcacer are unavailable for selection, whereas Ernesto Valverde decided to leave out Arda Turan, Lucas Digne, Aleix Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen.
After a promising debut in the 5-0 hammering of Espanyol, summer recruit Ousmane Dembele is tipped to start alongside Leo Messi and Luis Suarez up front.
Barcelona probable starting line-up (4-3-3): ter Stegen – Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta – Messi, Suarez, Dembele.
Max Allegri left Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic out of the squad after the duo failed to recover from their respective injuries, whereas Claudio Marchisio, Marko Pjaca and Sami Khedira remain in the infirmary.
Juan Cuadrado is banned, Benedikt Howedes is still not ready to feature, but Alex Sandro returns after recovering from a bout of flu.
Juventus probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Buffon – Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro – Pjanic, Matuidi – Douglas Costa, Dybala, Sturaro – Higuain.
Interesting Betting Markets
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On top of that, the UK firm quotes competitive odds on a plethora of markets, and they have made Barcelona 13/20 favourites to win at Camp Nou, while draw pays 16/5 and Juventus are priced at 9/2.
With both sides boasting impressive attacking potential, over 2.5 goals bet should be considered at 7/10, whereas both teams to score pays 3/4.
Having bagged 5 goals in 3 league fixtures, Leo Messi is 8/13 to score anytime and 12/5 to score the first goal. His international teammate Gonzalo Higuain can be backed at 7/4 to get on the scoresheet.
Last but not least, Barca to win and both teams to score pays 11/5, whereas Juventus are 9/1 to win without conceding after keeping a clean sheet in last two meetings with the Catalans.
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