Juventus v Barcelona: Old Lady can seize the initiative

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Kick Off: 1945, 11/04/2017

Stadium: Juventus Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Juventus will take on Barcelona in a repeat of the 2015 Champions League final and the Italian giants will be determined to claim a first-leg lead in this quarter-final tie.

Barca may have won that Berlin decider 3-1 a couple of seasons ago, but their record in Turin is far from impressive, with two losses and a couple of draws from four past visits.

With the Catalan outfit also looking vulnerable on the road this term, the pick of our Juventus v Barcelona betting tips is 31/20 for a home win in the opening game.

A Look At Juventus’ Betting Odds

Losing Paul Pogba doesn’t seem to have affected Juventus too much and the Italian giants have eased through to a third quarter-final appearance in seven years with great efficiency, emerging unbeaten from their group and then brushing aside Porto 3-0 on aggregate.

Powering clear at the top of the table once again in Serie A should give the Old Lady the chance to focus all of their attention on this tie and they will never be easy to break down at Juventus Stadium.

Whether there is enough spark and creative flair in this team going forward is open to question, but former Real Madrid and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has the experience to trouble any defence if given the right kind of service.

Juventus to win at home and both teams to score is 4/1 and they are 9/1 to prevail 2-1.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barcelona fans have pretty much had it made for over a decade now, but the incredible 6-1 defeat of PSG that saw them overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the previous round had even the most expectant supporters drooling in their seats, with grown men crying all around Camp Nou.

Picking up this trophy in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015 has given the Catalan giants a sense that they can overcome any obstacles, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar able to rip apart defences at will.

That defeat in Paris and a 3-1 loss to Manchester City during the group stage highlighted that they are not so hot when put under pressure at the back, though, and we feel they may have to come from behind again here.

Juventus are 7/5 to go through and Barcelona 1/2.

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Last-16 results:

Porto 0-2 Juventus (Pjaca, Dani Alves) and Juventus 1-0 Porto (Dybala)

PSG 4-0 Barcelona and Barcelona 6-1 PSG (Suarez, Kurzawa og, Messi, Neymar (2), Roberto)

Head-to-head: Juventus 1-3 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-2 Juventus, Juventus 1-1 Barcelona, Juventus 1-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-1 Juventus

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Andrew works at the Press Association where he oversees all the company’s sport betting editorial, having previously worked on the Teletext Sport desk and been editor of the England cricket team’s website. A lifelong Huddersfield Town fan, his preferred way to unwind is to head for the hills on his bike.

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