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How should Barcelona line up against Juventus?

The Blaugrana face a tough test in Turin

Leganes v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona are in Turin on Wednesday night and need just a point to seal top spot in Group A.

Ernesto Valverde’s side won the return fixture 3-0 at Camp Nou and face a Juve side who lost 3-2 to Sampdoria at the weekend.

Here’s how they might line-up..


Marc-Andre ter Stegen shipped three the last time he was in Turin but may take some beating on Wednesday as he goes into the game in superb form.

Ahead of him Nelson Semedo should start, although he did look a little shaky against Leganes and Ernesto Valverde could rotate, with Aleix Vidal named in the squad.

In the centre Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti should feature and Barca will be praying the Frenchman does not pick up an injury with Valencia up next on Sunday (and Pique suspended). Jordi Alba should complete the defence at left-back.

FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images


Away from home and only needing a draw, you get the feeling Valverde may well go with 4-4-2 for this one. Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta all looks odds-on to start while Paulinho could well get a recall to the starting line-up after coming on and scoring against Leganes.

Gerard Deulofeu may be hoping to see some action, particularly having shone in Serie A at times last season, while Denis Suarez was a substitute against Leganes, although I’m not sure how much we can read into that.

Leganes v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images


Paco Alcacer played well again at the weekend but I think we can expect a conservative approach in Turin and he may well be benched with a view to starting against Valencia.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should feature, with both men having points to prove. Messi has not scored away from home in the Champions League for a year, while Suarez has not scored in the competition since March.

Athletic Club v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez.

Who do you think should start against Juventus? Let us know your thoughts, line-ups and predictions for the game in the comments below!

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