Barcelona hopes to clinch Champions League Group G on Wednesday when the membership heads to Hungary to tackle Ferencvaros on Matchday 5. Coming off an effective efficiency towards Osasuna over the weekend, Barca wants to string collective victories and in addition preserve their good document in UCL. The membership has a three-point lead over second-place Juventus, and Barca will clinch the group with a win mixed with Juve dropping factors towards Ferencvaros.
This is how one can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Puskas Area — Budapest, Hungary
- TV and Stay stream: CBS All Entry
- Odds: Ferencvaros +650; Draw +380; Barca -245 (by way of William Hill Sportsbook)
Ferencvaros: If Barca relaxation a few of their star gamers, they have a shot of taking a degree right here. What Ferencvaros lack in expertise and high quality, they make up for it with ambition and starvation. The hard-working protection is bodily, and although it’s liable to errors, they are going to be prepared for the problem. Some extent right here would really feel like a win and could possibly be all of the distinction in protecting their European hopes alive.
Barcelona: Will Ronaldo Koeman relax some key gamers? It appears doubtless after he did so on Matchday 4, although dropping factors may get Juve again intothe dialog as group winner. Even with primarily backups, one would assume Barca have sufficient to take all three factors right here. However do not low cost that Ferencvaros are nonetheless taking part in for one thing, hoping to complete third and go to Europa League, and remember that they almost received a degree towards Juventus final trip.
An undermanned Barca nonetheless doesn’t have any hassle and transfer to inside inches of clinching the group. Decide: Barca 3, Ferencvaros 0
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The Hungarian facet managed to carry Dynamo Kiev to a pulsating four-goal draw final month, however, Ferencvaros have been put to the sword by Juventus twice and had been thrashed on Barcelona’s turf 5-1 by the Catalan giants again in October.
Solely Purple Bull Salzburg (14) have shipped extra objectives within the group stage of Europe’s elite competitors this season than Ferencvaros (13) up to now, however, their continental marketing campaign is probably not completed and dusted simply but as Rebrov’s males can nonetheless make the Europa League.
Regardless of their troubles in Europe, Ferencvaros marched to their third league win in a row on the weekend as they overcame MTK Budapest with ease by two objectives to nil, with Rebrov’s males nonetheless unbeaten as they high the rankings in Hungary’s high division.
A day of spectacular objectives at Camp Nou noticed Barcelona’s ease to a convincing 4-0 victory over Osasuna on a very emotional event for Lionel Messi.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner rifled in his facet’s fourth within the second half earlier than revealing a Newell’s Outdated Boys jersey boasting the well-known “10” – a tribute to the late Diego Maradona and a membership that has seen the 2 of the best gamers to ever kick soccer go via their doorways.
Antoine Griezmann rivaled Messi for the aim of the day as his unstoppable volley left Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera rooted to the spot, whereas Martin Braithwaite and Philippe Coutinho additionally discovered the again of the web in a much-needed win for Ronald Koeman.
La Blaugrana has not given the perfect account of themselves in La Liga, however, Koeman’s facet is 4 for 4 within the 2020-21 Champions League and their place within the final 16 is already assured, however, Juventus may nonetheless pip Barca to high spot because the Italian giants sit three factors adrift of the Group H leaders.
Koeman may choose to call some big-rest gamers for the long journey to the Puskas Area, and after witnessing a youthful facet thrash Kyiv 4-0 final week, the Dutchman will definitely not hesitate to shuffle the pack after his damage disaster worsened on the weekend.
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Endre Botka was a fear on the opposite facet of protection having been compelled to self-isolate earlier this month, however, the 26-year-old is able to begin in what guarantees to be a frightening night time for the Ferencvaros rearguard.
Somalia and David Siger ought to come again into the hosts’ midfield, whereas Roko Baturina staked his declare for a beginning position on the weekend – doubling his facet’s lead simply seconds after coming off the bench towards MTK.
Barcelona is already without three central defenders in Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique, and Ronald Araujo, and Koeman needed to witness the somber sight of Clement Lenglet hobbling off with an ankle drawback, which is prone to rule him out of this encounter regardless of his inclusion within the matchday squad.
Oscar Mingueza is definite to start out as soon as extra given Koeman’s defensive dilemma, and within the absence of his different 4 center-backs, Koeman may deploy Sergio Busquets – who has solely simply returned to motion himself – alongside Mingueza.
Messi was rested for final week’s encounter with Kyiv and that’s the case once more right here, with Junior Firpo, Miralem Pjanic, Trincao, and Ousmane Dembele all hoping to be given a chance to impress.
Ferencvaros attainable beginning lineup:
Dibusz; Botka, Frimpong, Blazic, Kovacevic, Heister; Zubkov, Somalia, Siger, Nguen; Baturina
Barcelona attainable beginning lineup:
Neto; Dest, Busquets, Mingueza, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Griezmann, Dembele; Braithwaite