Juventus vs Barcelona: Preview and Predictions

Juventus vs Barcelona International Champions Cup 2017

Juventus vs Barcelona
International Champions Cup
Date: Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Kick-off at 23:00 UK
Venue: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford).

It is an another football festival in the United States when Juventus Turin take on FC Barcelona at the MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.

Both teams are in action for the first time in this summer.

After being crowned as the Italian champions for the 33rd time last season, Juve will be looking for further glory this term. They did exceptionally well in all competitions they have entered and ended the season by adding the Coppa Italia to their trophy cabinet. They biggest disappointment came in the Champions League final, where they were mercilessly played off the park by Real Madrid.

On the other hand, Barcelona are looking to put a disappointing season behind them. They finished runners-up in the league to arch rivals Real Madrid and were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by a humiliating defeat to Juventus. It will be a new start to FC Barcelona under a new head-coach in Ernesto Valverde.

Juventus vs Barcelona: Head-to-head

The most recent meeting between the two came at the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League. Juve thrashed Barca 3-0 at Turin, before parking the bus to see off the tie with a goal-less draw at the Camp Nou.

The previous meeting was in the 2014/15 Champions League finals, where Barca run rout with a 3-1 win.

Juventus vs Barcelona: Prediction

Surely, there will be plenty of rustiness to shake off with no match practice behind the back for both sides. But, both teams have a history of starting their pre-season with a bang, there for we can expect 3 or 4 goals in the match. Last season alone, the three Barcelona matches at this competition saw 14 goals in total. So, it will be good to bank on goal markets.

Juventus vs Barcelona: Bet Tips

Over 2.5 goals at 1.73 odds is a banker.

Adventurous punters can bank on Over 1.5 first half goals for 2.55 odds.

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