Barcelona vs. Juventus predicted lineups

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Barcelona play Juventus at the Berlin Stadium in Germany on Saturday in the much anticipated 2015 UEFA Champions League final. For viewers in the United States, the game is being shown live on FOX. Kickoff time is 2:45pm ET.

Both sides are gunning for a clean sweep of trophies in 2014-15 having already secured their respective domestic league and cup titles.

Barcelona head into this match as favorites largely due to the strength of their forward trio consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar who boast a goal return of 120 between them which is more than the 118 goals Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuain scored for Real Madrid three seasons ago.

In their first final since 2011, the Blaugrana will be hoping to clinch their fifth Champions League crown overall and level with Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Messi could also go above Ronaldo on the all-time highest goal scorers chart (both players are currently tied on 77 goals) if he manages to find the net as well as become the first ever player to score in three different finals.

Juventus, on the other hand, are making their first appearance in European football’s greatest event for the first time since 2003 with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon the sole survivor from that side.

The Old Lady will be looking to cause an upset in Berlin in the manner which they did against Real Madrid in the last round.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side will be relying on their strong defensive setup in stopping the ruthless trio of the opposition and that could end up being the deciding factor in this match.

Team News

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has a fully fit squad to select from with Andres Iniesta the only doubt, but the midfielder is expected to recover in time and make the starting XI.

Expect an unchanged lineup from the one that beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final last week with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen starting ahead of Claudio Bravo while Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique continue at center back.

For Juventus, Martin Caceres (ankle) and Giorgio Chiellini (calf) are ruled out of this match due to injury while Andrea Barzagli only returned to training on Thursday and may not be 100% fit.

Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata are expected to lead the attack while Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo will comprise Juventus’ midfield four.

 

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Predicted Lineups

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  1. Raymond June 6, 2015

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