Juventus and Barcelona have both struggled for form so far this season ahead of their meeting at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday (Match Result – Juventus 19/10, Draw 5/2, Barcelona 29/20).
Both sides did win their opening contests in Group G, but they will head into this match following disappointing results domestically, with Juve being held to a 1-1 home draw by Verona in Serie A, while Barca lost the opening Clasico of the season 3-1 to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.
There are also fitness concerns for both sides, as Juve are facing something of a defensive crisis, with Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt definitely ruled out, while Leonardo Bonucci is a major doubt.
The Old Lady will also be without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still testing positive for coronavirus, which means we will not see the Portuguese star face off against rival Lionel Messi for the first time in over two years.
For their part, Barca will be without the suspended Gerard Pique, while goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen remains sidelined, which means Neto is likely to continue between the sticks.
The night’s other match in Group G will see Ferencvaros host their first Champions League group stage game in nearly 25 years when they play host to Dynamo Kyiv.
Wednesday’s Champions League action will kick-off with a big match in Group H, as Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Manchester United on matchday one with a victory in Turkey against Istabul Basaksehir (Match Result – Basaksehir 12/1, Draw 6/1, PSG 2/9).
Borussia Dortmund will also be seeking their first points in this season’s competition when they welcome Zenit St Petersburg to Signal Iduna Park in Group F, while Lazio, who beat BVB last week, will visit table toppers Club Brugge.
In Group E, Europa League winners Sevilla, who drew 0-0 at Chelsea on matchday one, will play host to competition new boys Rennes, who also began their campaign with a draw against Krasnodar in France last week.