Champions League rivals Barcelona and Juventus meet on Matchday 6 with qualification assured for both outfits. Despite their domestic troubles, the Blaugrana have fared well in Europe and have taken maximum points. Elsewhere, Andrea Pirlo will be delighted to have Cristiano Ronaldo back after the Portuguese superstar missed the showdown with Lionel Messi in Turin.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 8 December, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Juventus: BT Sport ESPN
Last time: Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi netted in the reverse fixture.
Barcelona v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Unlikely hero Martin Braithwaite has given Ronald Koeman something to think about after his recent scoring exploits. The Esbjerg native has four from his last three appearances and is the only orthodox centre-forward in the ranks.
Antoine Griezmann, Dembele and Philippe Coutinho have all benefited from having a proper focal point in the side and the Dane fully merits his recent inclusion. Premier League teams Leeds United and West Ham are admirers of the big forward and both are expected to be knocked back if they make enquiries in the winter market.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Coutinho to score first||15/8||Offer|
|Barcelona to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||3/1||Offer|
The 29-year-old is 11/2 to break the deadlock, while Messi can be found at 10/3. Barring a sudden change of heart, the Argentine will leave Camp Nou at the end of the current campaign but will still be eager to claim silverware for the hosts.
Fellow forward Griezmann is 13/5 to register anytime and has looked a lot happier in recent weeks. The World Cup winner was on the scoresheet against Dynamo Kiev, Osasuna and Ferencvaros in November and Koeman deserves credit for sticking by his player. Barca are 11/10 to claim the spoils and a draw is 5/2.
Opponents Juventus are likely to go with the same eleven that toppled Dynamo Kyiv. Ronaldo was will be desperate to get the better of his old foe and is 7/2 to open proceedings. Partner Alvaro Morata has been a revelation since rejoining the Bianconeri and is 4/1 in the same market.
The Spaniard has contributed nine strikes and four assists in 12 games and has reserved his best form for the Serie A champions. Paulo Dybala will once again have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench and is 28/5 to notch last. The travelling party are 11/5 to emerge triumphant and could yet take top spot in the group.
One to watch for Barcelona: Miralem Pjanic has started every European tie since moving from the Bianconeri in the summer. The Bosnian playmaker is 9/2 to bag the final effort.
One to watch for Juventus: Matthijs de Ligt is a major threat at set-pieces and will look to exploit a Blaugrana-less Pique who would usually organise his team-mates. The ex-Ajax skipper is 14/1 to score anytime.
Long shot: Pirlo’s managerial career is in its infancy but the young tactician is very clear in his ideas. Ronaldo and Morata should have too much for Clement Lenglet and youth graduate Oscar Mingueza and a 3-0 victory in favour of the away dressing room is 45/1.