Juventus vs Barcelona: Probable Lineups, Prediction, Tactics and Key Stats

Juventus vs Barcelona: Probable Lineups, Prediction, Tactics and Key Stats

Valverde refused to be drawn on comparisons between Italy and Spain, with Juventus having lost two Champions League finals to Spanish clubs and Italy falling to Spain as they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Juventus are more in need of a win, in terms of the Group D standings.

Alba has been part of a Barcelona squad that has started the season magnificently under new manager Ernesto Valverde. Gonzalo Higuain has scored six goals in the last five matches in all competitions, a deadly finisher who could take advantage of Barca's tendency to allow their opponents chances to score.

Barcelona will be assured of qualification with a point but would no doubt seek a more emphatic passage into the knockout stages.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team "does not have big problems" despite the Sampdoria defeat.

After six successive Scudettos, Juventus' grip on winning Serie A looks to be at an end. Juventus on the other hand, haven't been their usual dominant self and are now placed third in the Serie A, 4 points being League leaders Napoli.

Speaking in an interview with Tuttosport, Alba believes you can not play for Barcelona and only expect to draw a game, whilst he dreams of scoring past veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon when the sides meet in their Champions League group game on Wednesday.

With numerous English sides - who look strong - looking likely to finish first in their groups, second place this season could throw up some tough draws. "It's a real shame that he and Italy won't participate in the World Cup".

Gianluigi Buffon is expected to return to the starting XI ahead of Wojciech Szczesny, while defenders Daniele Rugani and Kwadwo Asamoah are expected to make way for Alex Sandro and Andrea Barzagli to come into left back and centre-back respectively. Andres Iniesta and Nelson Semedo were rested in the final stages of a 3-0 win versus Leganes in order to be at full capacity for Wednesday's Champions League clash.



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