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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Brilliant Barca can take minor revenge on Juve

Lionel Messi of Barcelona takes on Seville
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Group D
BT Sport Extra, 7.45pm Tuesday

Barcelona were comprehensively beaten by Juventus in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals but they can take some minor revenge at Camp Nou.

Last term’s tie was decided in Turin – Juve ran out 3-0 winners – and Barca were never likely to overturn the deficit given the way the Old Lady are usually so tight defensively.

However, Barca start off a level playing field tonight and should continue their outstanding home run in the Champions League.


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That 0-0 draw with Juve ended a 15-match winning sequence and despite the sale of Neymar, Barca have started this La Liga term in fine shape.

Ernesto Valverde’s men have collected nine points from three matches, scoring nine goals and conceding none with Lionel Messi notching five times in his last two outings.

Juve are handicapped by key injuries too.

Recommendation
Barcelona
2pts 8-11 general


Team news
Barcelona
Rafinha is sidelined.

Juventus
Juan Cuadrado is banned, while Giorgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Mario Mandzukic and Benedikt Howedes are ruled out.

Key stat
Barcelona have topped their Champions League group for the last ten years.


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That 0-0 draw with Juve ended a 15-match winning sequence and despite the sale of Neymar, Barca have started this La Liga term in fine shape
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