Betting: Back Juventus to top Group D ahead of Barcelona

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Although the Catalan side remain favourites to win their Champions League group, their poor summer means the Italians should not be overlooked

The majority of Champions League groups should be fairly easy to predict, as is the case almost every year.

Real Madrid will probably top Group H at odds of 2/5 (1.40) on dabblebet, Manchester United are likely to come out of Group A without breaking a sweat and are also 2/5 (1.40) to do so, whilst the blue half of Manchester are 8/15 (1.53) to win Group F.

Although Group B does contain Bayern Munich and high-flying PSG in one of the more interesting parts of the draw, with the German champions 4/5 (1.80) to win it and the French outfit slightly adrift at 19/20 (1.95), it is Group D that contains the headline matches.

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On matchday one, Juventus head to Barcelona in a clash that was a Champions League final just two years ago, with the Catalonians emerging 3-1 victors in Berlin.

Barca are understandably favourites to qualify for the Round of 16 atop the group, and are currently 4/6 (1.67) to do so, whilst the Old Lady are out at 6/5 (2.20) – and are the best value for money.

Just last season, Juventus stunned Barca 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final clash before going back to Nou Camp and drawing 0-0 on the way to the final, which is a result they will be looking to replicate this week.

In fact, the last six meetings between the two sides has produced three Juve wins and two draws, with Barca’s only triumph coming in that 2015 final; before that you have to go back 1991 to find a victory for Ernesto Valverde's side.


Although they lost the likes of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan and Dani Alves to PSG, the Italians crucially kept hold of Paulo Dybala and brought in Benedikt Howedes and Blaise Matuidi as more than ample replacements, who represent a successful transfer window for Juve.

Barca, meanwhile, seem to be on a bit of downturn despite their 100% start to the domestic season. Reported contract disputes with Lionel Messi is not how the club wanted their September to go, considering the fracas surrounding Neymar’s transfer to PSG, the bizarre signing of former Spurs flop Paulinho, the €105 million paid for Ousmane Dembele, as well as the failure to sign both Dybala from Juve and Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

The other two teams in the group is remain largely a mystery to both of the more fancied sides, as the Serie A giants have only played Olympiakos twice since 2003, winning one and losing one to the perennially tough Greek outfit who have never played Barcelona, and they are 80/1 (81.0) to pull off the shock to end all shocks and win the group.

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Sporting Lisbon, who are 28/1 (29.0) to upset the form books by winning the group, have never played Juventus and have not faced the Spanish side since 2008.

There is very little to choose between the two leading sides, especially with Juve's superior recent head-to-head record and odds of 6/5 (2.20) really should not be missed as Max Allegri's men look to go one better than last season.

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