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Juventus vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

4:32 PM WAT 22/11/2017
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The pressure is beginning to mount on the Bianconeri, who have stuttered their way through the first half of the season

Juventus will hope to put their disappointing Serie A defeat to Sampdoria behind them when they welcome Barcelona to Turin on Wednesday.

Massimiliano Allegri's side were well beaten 3-2 at the weekend and they will have to improve considerably if they are to stand a chance against Barca.

Ernesto Valverde's Blaugrana swept to a 3-0 victory when the sides faced off at the Camp Nou in September and they can ensure they finish top of Group B by avoiding defeat.  

Game Juventus vs Barcelona
Date Wednesday, November 22
Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport ESPN and by live stream using the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport ESPN BT Sport app

In the United States (US), the game will be available to watch live on ESPN Deportes as well as FS1. Alternatively, it can be watched by live stream using the Fox Soccer Match Pass, Fox Sports GO and WatchESPN.

US TV channel Online stream
FS1 / ESPN Deportes Fox Soccer Match Pass, Fox Sports GO / WatchESPN

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Juventus players
Goalkeepers Buffon, Szczesny, Pinsoglio
Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro, Barzagli, Howedes, Rugani
Midfielders Pjanic, Khedira, Marchisio, Matuidi, Asamoah, Sturaro, Bentancur
Forwards Cuadrado, Higuain, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic

Allegri has named a 22-man squad for the match against Barcelona and the major issue for him to contend with is the forced absence of Giorgio Chiellini.

Stephan Lichtsteiner is not part of the Champions League squad, while Federico Bernardeschi was not named in the group.

Potential Juventus starting XI: Buffon; De Sciglio, Howede, Barzagli, Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Dybala, Cuadrado, Mandzukic; Higuain.

Position Barcelona players
Goalkeepers Ter Stegan, Cillessen, Ortola
Defenders Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Digne, A. Vidal, Alba
Midfielders Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, D. Suarez, Paulinho
Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alcacer

Ernesto Valverde has taken 19 players to Italy for the match against Juventus and a number of key players are missing.

Javier Mascherano, Sergi Roberto, Andre Silva, Arda Turan, Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele all miss out due to their respective injuries.

Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic; L. Suarez, Messi, Alcacer.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Barcelona are slight favourites to win at 6/4 according to dabblebet, with Juventus rated at 2/1. A draw between the sides in Turin is available at 23/10.

Interestingly, there are odds of 22/1 for Barca to repeat their 3-0 scoreline from the previous meeting between the teams.

Click here to see all of dabblbet's markets for the game, including goalscorer odds and correct score predictions.


GAME PREVIEW


Following Juventus' surprise capitulation against Sampdoria at the weekend, Allegri stressed the need for his team to improve and suggested that the reason for their patchy form of late was because they lacked balance.

Indeed, the Italian champions currently look to be a far cry from the side that reached the Champions League final last season; four points adrift of Napoli in the league, their loss at the weekend saw them drop into third place and failure to win on Wednesday could leave them in a tricky position heading into the final group game in December.

"We have lost two matches in Serie A so I can say that we need to improve our attitude and mentality, especially in the defence," Allegri told reporters ahead of the game against Barca. "And we need to find the right balance in order to bring the results home."

It will not be an easy task and simply striking the appropriate balance may not be enough against a Barcelona team that have not lost since their Super Copa defeat to Real Madrid in August.

The Liga leaders come into the game on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Leganes at the weekend, with Luis Suarez bagging a confidence-boosting double, and they will be keen to wrap up their place in the last 16 with a game to spare.