The UEFA Champions League group stage continues with Matchday 2, so we have prepared all need-to-know betting tips and trends for the marquee matchup between Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, October 28, along with our best betting pick.
These two heavyweights will meet at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, but there won’t be the audience on the stands, so Juventus will certainly miss huge support from its fans. Anyway, excitement on the field is guaranteed, bringing a lot of interesting markets to the bettors.
Juventus vs. Barcelona
Three-way: 1: Juventus +175; X: +250 Draw; 2: Barcelona +150
Spread 0: Juventus +100; Barcelona -115
Total 2.5 Goals: Over -123; Under +105
Both Teams to Score: Yes -164; No +120
The Zebras beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 on the road in their opening game of the 2020-21 Champions League Group G. Striker Alvaro Morata hit the brace and help his team to overcome Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.
Ronaldo is sidelined due to the coronavirus and is still doubtful to play Wednesday against Lionel Messi and Barcelona. Juventus will miss defenders Giorgio Chiellini (muscle) and Alex Sandro (hamstring), while another defenseman Matthijs de Ligt (shoulder) is questionable to play.
The Zebras are coming off a disappointing 1-1 home draw against Verona in the Italian Serie A. They were massive -300 favorites to beat the Mastiffs, but the Zebras blew a ton of scoring opportunities and had to settle down with just one point.
- Juventus is undefeated in seven straight games, recording four wins in the process
- Juventus won five of its last seven home games along with a loss and a draw
- Eight of Juventus’ last 10 home games produced more than a couple of goals in total
Barca had an easy job in the opening round of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League. They dismantled Ferencvarosi 5-1 at home, but it was expected, considering the strength of the Hungarian champions. Lionel Messi scored once and added one assist, as well as wingers Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati.
However, Barcelona suffered a painful home loss this past weekend. The Spanish vice-champs were beaten by Real Madrid 3-1, so their fans must be furious.
The head coach Ronald Koeman cannot count on playmaker Philippe Coutinho (hamstring), while goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen is questionable due to a knee injury. Ansu Fati will lead the way for Barcelona after scoring five goals in six appearances in all competitions this season.
- Barcelona won four of its last five road games along with a loss
- Only two of Barca’s last nine road games saw both teams scoring
- Four of Barca’s last six games produced three or more goals in total
Juventus struggled on both sides of the ball over the last two weeks. Despite a 2-0 victory in Kyiv, the Zebras failed to win their previous two Serie A contests while conceding on both occasions against some much weaker teams than Barcelona.
Both Juve and Barca will be fired up to make amends after their disappointing displays this past weekend. Therefore, I expect to see a free-flow contest with at least a goal on both sides.
Juventus misses some very important defenders, so Barcelona should have enough firepower to find the net. On the other side, Cristiano Ronaldo’s eventual absence would be a big blow for Juve’s attack, but the Zebras have a lot of quality players who can step up in an important clash like this one.
Still, if you like to follow betting trends, you should know that none of the last four encounters between Juventus and Barcelona saw both teams scoring.