Barcelona vs Juventus 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions

Bartomeu told Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo last week there was an agreement in principle for the 33-year-old to renew, only for the mild-mannered Iniesta to flatly refute that claim less than 24 hours later.

Get in touch with your thoughts! Last season, Juventus eliminated Barcelona from the quarter final keeping a clean sheet over two matches in the process. With two of the fabled three centre-backs missing for the repeat, Messi should find it a whole lot easier to worm his way to goal.

However, striker Paco Alcacer missed Monday's session with a stomach bug according to local media reports and is doubtful.

Considering those added elements, whatever happened last season is not really relevant and Juve have a major challenge to subdue Messi, who is in red-hot form after his weekend hat-trick against Espanyol.

Last season, their display against Juventus in Turin was abject.

Paulo Dybala will be the key for Juventus as he will play a vital role in breaking down the Barcelona defense. I know because they tell us so, and there's a particular relevance to all this not simply because Barcelona now sit joint top of La Liga.

With the score neatly poised at 1-0, Dybala had his side's best chance but moments after he blazed over, unmarked from the edge of the box, and his compatriot Messi (who had just hit the post himself) set up Barca's second goal up at the other end, you got the feeling this one was over.

Both teams are in formidable form, as they've both won their opening three league games.

And Dybala's brilliant start to the season, which has seen him score five times in three Serie A games, is only increasing the frequency of such comparisons. He will often be cutting in towards French central defender Samuel Umtiti.

"I repeat, along with Real Madrid they are favourites to win the Champions League".

'It's always been my dream to play in the Champions League and win it'.

Juventus eliminated Barcelona from last year's quarterfinals en route to losing the final to defending champion Real Madrid. In this match, it is predicted that Juventus will win against Barcelona.

Tottenham and Celtic are both being projected as teams that will not qualify for the Champions League knockout round.

Thomas Partey could be Gabi's like for like replacement.

I'd be tempted to lay Over 2.5 Goals at [1.74], but I'm happy to support Juve, and one of their two brilliant Argentine centre-forwards, to have success here once again. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.

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