Champions League Group Stage: Barcelona vs Juventus

Published September 12, 2017 by Sol FH

Champions League Group Stage: Barcelona vs Juventus

Le Blaugrana is out for revenge against Juventus tonight at Camp Nou, beginning at 19:45 GMT.

Barcelona is highly-regarded by many as the best club in the world. They have definitely had their problems over the summer, but finally, after their return from the international break, they hammered their rivals Espanyol 5-0. Tonight, they host the team that took them out of the European Cup last year and are seeking revenge against Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League Group Stage. 

Juventus made a mockery of Barca last time they met, beating them 3-0 on aggregate score in the quarter finals in 2016. That defeat is still very much relevant, as it showed the severe holes in the Barcelona defense, something that new coach Ernesto Valverde vowed to improve since taking the spot from Luis Enrique. The Catalans looked like amateurs on defense as Juventus controlled most of the matches, but during the second leg, Barca was faring better. The Juventus defense is the best in the world and it was the reason for Barca's defeat.  

Make no mistake, this match is the most important match being played in the Champions League tonight and it will definitely make an impact on the rounds to come. Never before have two teams of this caliber met right off the bat. Juventus is continually an excellent team and Massimiliano Allegri has a dream to take his team to the Champions League Finals. If he is able to direct them to the level of play that they had in the quarter finals of the European Cup, and the top of the Serie A last year, he might not be so far away from winning it all.

Champions League Betting

The Champions League is live at bet365 Sports tonight as the UK sportsbook has posted dozens of odds and betting markets ahead of this match. Barcelona is the favorite, but one has to think if the odds for Juventus at 5.50 are too good to be true?  Barcelona is at 1.65 to win, but it should be noted that a draw at 4.20 could be the best bet.

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