Barcelona vs Juventus Prediction, 12/8/2020 Champions League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Barcelona vs Juventus
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
TV: CBS All Access
Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona (+107) Juventus (+195)
Miralem Pjanic and Barcelona (5-0-0 in Champions League) host Juventus (4-0-1 in Champions League) at Camp Nou on Tuesday. The goalies expected to start will be Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona and Wojciech Szczesny for Juventus. Barcelona are at +107 while The Zebras are at +195. The total opens at 2.75.
Barcelona faced Cádiz in their last matchup and took a loss by a score of 2-1. In regard to passing, they finished with a 89.0% passes received rate by connecting on 801 of the 900 pass attempts last contest. Barcelona attempted 24 dribbles in this outing and completed 17 of the dribbles for a rate of 70.8%. Concerning shot accuracy, Barcelona finished at a 38.1% rate by putting 8 shots on target of 21 total shots. Barcelona averages 1.70 g/90 (17 goals in total) and have earned 10 assists in all games for the season.
Miralem Pjanic is a guy who should impact this matchup for Barcelona. Pjanic has been a starter in 324 games in his pro soccer career and scores 0.18 G/90. The midfielder hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina has recorded 56 goals in 28,505 minutes played. He has 81 assists while earning 83 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Someone else who should impact this game is Lionel Messi, the forward representing Argentina. He has assisted on a goal 184 times so far in his career while scoring 448 total goals. Messi has totaled 39,919 mins in 440 career starts and has earned himself 49 yellow card warnings. He averages 1.01 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Barcelona will be Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Stegen (159-57-46 mark during his soccer career) has tallied 101 clean sheets, which has earned him a 38.5% clean sheet percentage. The keeper taking the field for Barcelona has had 1,056 shots sent his way in 262 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 0.99 (258 goals conceded) and his save percentage is .764. Stegen has played for a total of 23,569 minutes and has accumulated 806 saves thus far in his career.
In their last outing, Juventus earned three points by winning 2-1 against Torino. Juventus had a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 10 out of the 15 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by completing 551 of the 646 passing attempts earning a rate of 85.3%. Juventus landed 4 shots on goal out of their 17 shots attempted giving them a 23.5% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having tallied 17 goals and 13 assists in all their contests, Juventus sports an average of 1.89 goals and 1.44 assists per 90 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo should provide solid play for Juventus. The forward hailing from Portugal has 46,778 professional minutes while scoring 458 goals. He has 72 yellow cards thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 145 times. He sports an average of 0.88 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 520 outings so far in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Paulo Dybala, the forward playing for Juventus. Dybala has been given a total of 19 yellow card cautions in 17,724 minutes played (205 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.45. He has scored 89 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 44 times.
Wojciech Szczesny will reside in front of the goal for Juventus. Szczesny has recorded 114 clean sheets while defending 1,209 shots against him in 28,004 minutes throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of .742 and his shutout rate is currently at 36.5%. He has allowed 1.04 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 186-73-52. So far in his career, Szczesny has allowed 324 goals while earning 894 stops in 312 starts.
Who will win tonight's Champions League game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Barcelona (+107)
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