Juventus will host Barcelona on Wednesday in a key fixture in UEFA Champions League Group G, although there will be no head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Fans will be robbed of the dream matchup after Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus again on Tuesday evening, per Goal’s Romeo Agresti, giving the visitors a vital edge ahead of kick-off.
This will be the eighth time these teams have met since the turn of the century, and it’s Barcelona who boast the slightly superior record from those previous encounters. Juventus have failed to score in their last three competitive clashes against the Catalans, and Messi added his name to the scoreboard twice when Barca toppled their Turin counterparts 3-0 in September 2017:
The Bianconeri also managed a 3-0 result over Barca that year en route to the 2016-17 Champions League final, where they suffered a 4-1 demolition against a Ronaldo-led Real Madrid. Still, the all-time record between these teams remains finely balanced, with Barcelona leading the aggregate scoreline 8-7.
What TV Channel is Juventus-Barcelona on?
Tune into Barcelona’s clash at Juventus via TUDN at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
The opportunity to steal an advantage at the top of Group G is a welcome distraction for two clubs failing to match expectations closer to home. Barcelona have taken seven points from a possible 15 and are wallowing at 12th in La Liga, while two wins from their first five league outings has Juve sat fifth in Serie A.
Italy’s kingpins face early adversity in their bid to win a 10th straight Scudetto, and a 1-1 draw at home to Hellas Verona on Sunday—even with certain stars rested—was far from ideal preparation.
Barcelona’s preparation has been even worse following back-to-back league losses, most recently falling 3-1 at home to El Clasico rivals Real Madrid:
The Catalans are in the midst of a crisis as they seek improvements upon a trophy-less 2019-20 campaign, confirmed after their board of directors resigned on the eve of Wednesday's match.
A cloud of negativity hangs over Koeman’s squad as he looks to gain traction in the job. Now ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu did little to lift the mood after addressing Lionel Messi’s desire to leave over the summer, via Goal:
How to Watch Juventus vs. Barcelona
When: Wednesday, October 28
Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Wednesday’s matchup will reunite midfielders Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo with their former employers after the pair swapped jerseys over the summer (but don’t call it a swap). Only one looks likely to start the match, however, as Pjanic is still gaining match fitness at the Camp Nou. Arthur has been more heavily involved in the early stages this term.
Pjanic, 30, was up for the challenge of facing his former club when asked about the matchup in Juve’s pre-match press conference. The Bosnian though sounded almost forlorn he would not get to work with former teammate Pirlo:
United States teammates Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie could also come into contact if the latter is brought back into the Juventus fold following his brush with coronavirus, via ESPN.