Juventus vs Barcelona 23/11/2017
The requirements are straightforward in this 2015 Champions League final rematch. Barcelona will qualify as group winners with a draw, while Juventus will head to the Round of 16 only with a win.
A loss though could leave the Italian champions in danger of missing out should Sporting Lisbon beat Olympiakos in the group’s other clash.
The Spanish outfit easily ran out 3-0 winners at the Camp Nou in September, which a dispirited Gianluigi Buffon & Co. will be eager to avoid again on Wednesday.
Centre-back Gerard Pique will be available again for the Catalan giants, having missed the goalless draw with Olympiakos last time out due to suspension. Barcelona have a watertight defence in this competition this term with just one goal conceded.
Paulo Dybala ended his three-game drought by scoring in Juventus’ 3-2 loss to Sampdoria over the weekend, but the apparent heir to Lionel Messi is yet to score in 353 minutes of UCL action.
Also ending a personal goal drought is Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, whose brace in a 3-0 win at Leganes halted a five-match scoring funk.