Archive for November 22nd, 2017

Juventus vs Barcelona: Match Preview & Prediction

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Team News

 Juventus

  • Paulo Dybala, Gianluigi Buffon, Blaise Matuidi, Mattia De Sciglio and Alex Sandro were all rested at the weekend and will come back into the starting XI on Wednesday.
  • Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic are in competition to start on the left flank against Barcelona.

 

 Barcelona

  • Gerard Pique is available again after serving a one-match ban last time out in the competition.
  • Nelson Semedo and Andrés Iniesta were brought off just before the hour mark at the weekend to ensure they are fresh for Wednesday.
  • Semedo will incur a one-match ban with his next booking.
  • Paulinho will be pushing for a start and could replace Ivan Rakitic in central midfield in Turin.

 

Match Facts

Juventus are undefeated in 17 of their last 19 matches (UEFA Champions League).

Juventus have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Barcelona in all competitions.

Barcelona are undefeated in their last 5 matches (UEFA Champions League).

 

Prediction

  • Juventus have to beat Barcelona to have any chance of catching the Spanish giants at the top of Group D but have not prepared in the ideal fashion after losing 3-2 to Sampdoria at the weekend.
  • Barcelona are unbeaten in all competitions this season and have only failed to win on two occasions. Luis Suarez also ended his poor spell in front of goal with a brace at the weekend, which makes things more challenging for Juventus.
  • Juventus have only won two of their last five in the Champions League and face the prospect of losing at home in the competition for the first time since April 2013.
Prediction:

Juventus logo Juventus

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2

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Qarabag FK vs Chelsea: Match Preview & Prediction

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Team News

 Qarabag FK

  • Dino Ndlovu is back from suspension and may go straight back into the starting XI.
  • Mahir Madatov will hope to return from injury at home to Chelsea on Wednesday.
  • Ibrahim Sehic was sent off at the weekend but is free to feature here if picked.

 

 Chelsea

  • Chelsea are expected to miss Victor Moses and Michy Batshuayi for Wednesday’s match away to Qarabag.
  • David Luiz has not featured in Chelsea’s last two games but could return here if Antonio Conte looks to shuffle his pack.

Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea‘s last 6games (UEFA Champions League).

Qarabag FK have failed to win their last 5 matches (UEFA Champions League).

Prediction

  • Qarabag have had a player sent off in four of their last six matches and will need to keep a lid on things here to have any chance of success. They had no chance of progress in Group C after being drawn with Chelsea, Roma and Atletico Madrid, but did hold Atletico to two draws.
  • However, Chelsea thrashed Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge back in September and it would be a huge shock if Antonio Conte’s side didn’t win comfortably. They are currently one point behind Group C leaders Roma with two games remaining and will secure a spot in the next round with a win here.
Prediction:

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Chelsea Chelsea logo