Barcelona vs Juventus by MarcLonsain
Barcelona will try to do the impossible tonight (again). They are facing Juventus at home in a match where they have to score at least 4 goals. The match ahead of this one was against Real Sociedad (7) in La Liga and it was a difficult one. They won 3-2 in a game where they almost played in their strongest formation. Only Iniësta did not start this game and Neymar was ruled out for this one, so it wasn't an easy game. Barcelona will go through with a result such as 4-0, 5-1, 6-1 or 6-2, so to go through a lot of goals are necessary. Barcelona will be playing at home tonight where they are almost unbeatable. Barcelona did not lose one match in the last 15 matches at home and all these matches but one went over 2.5 goals. Even in 13 of these matches Barcelona managed to score at least 3 goals themselves which brings them an average of 3.9 goals per match at home. I know La Liga is different from Champions League but it does show how easy Barcelona can score goals at home when they have to. Barcelona did the same thing the previous round, they managed to fix a 4-0 loss away with an incredible 6-1 at home against PSG which is not a bad team at all.
Possible line-up Barcelona:
Ter Steegen; Mathieu, Piqué, Umtiti; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniësta, Roberto; Neymar, Suarez, Messi
Juventus played against Pescara last week and had an easy one. They won 0-2 away and had the possibility to rest players like Chiellini, Sandro and Alves. Everyone besides Pjaca is fit for the game against Barcelona. The task for Juventus is quite easy. Don't conceed to many goals and if you make one goal the game should be decided (that's what PSG tought as wel haha..). They played a fenomenal game against Barcelona in the first leg which brought them this great position. But they now as well how magical Barcelona can be at home. Juventus won't be seeking the attack a lot tonight because they are aware of the attacking qualities of Barcelona. Barcelona will be the team with possesion and pressure tonight as they are the team that has to make the goals. Juve will most likely defend and try to make a quick goal on the counter. I do think that Barcelona can score a lot of goals tonight and that they will win this one for sure, but I think that Juventus will manage to make one as well or at least go through.
Possible line-up Juventus:
Buffon; Sandro, Chiellini, Bonucci, Alves; Khedira, Pjanic, Mandzukic, Dybala, Cuadrado; Hiquain
To cover up a big win for Barcelona without Juve to score I will go for Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals.
Good luck tonight!
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