UCL Match Preview: Ferencvaros vs Barcelona Predictions

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona predictions

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s game in the UEFA Champions League. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Ronald Koeman’s side travel to Hungary.

  • DATE: Wednesday 2nd December 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • VENUE: Puskas Arena
  • COMPETITION: UEFA Champions League (Group Stage)

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona Preview

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona match preview
Puskas Arena via OD Pictures, CC BY-SA 4.0

Barcelona are in Hungary on Wednesday night for a UEFA Champions League clash that doesn’t have an awful amount riding on it. The Catalans have already secured qualification from Group G and will win the group if they can better Juventus’ result on Wednesday. The hosts meanwhile are hoping to boost their hopes of finishing 3rd and securing a place in the Europa League having already been knocked out of this competition.

Even before qualification had been secured, Ronald Koeman opted to rest a host of players last week in Kiev and his decision more than paid off as the Catalans ran out 4-0 winners in Europe before repeating that scoreline against Osasuna in LaLiga with a refreshed Leo Messi amongst the scorers.

The Argentine is among those likely to be rested again here as Koeman shuffles his pack. The Dutchman will be encouraged by how fringe players such as Martin Braithwaite have performed in recent weeks. The Danish international and the previously out of form Antoine Griezmann account for 5 of Barca’s last 8 goals and that’s a good sign moving forward in a season when everyone is going to need to contribute.

Ferencvaros were hammered 5-1 at Camp Nou earlier in the group and in truth they are just enjoying the adventure on their return to Europe’s top table. Since losing that matchday 1 clash, they’ve held Dynamo Kiev to a 2-2 draw in Budapest before losing both games against Juventus, although they were only narrowly defeated 2-1 in Turin with Alvaro Morata’s 92nd minute goal sparing the Italian team’s blushes.

Head to Head

  • Barcelona won 5-1 when the sides met earlier in the group stage.
  • That was the first ever competitive meeting.

Team News

Ferencvaros should be at or close to full strength with no major changes expected from the team that pushed Juve close in Turin last week.

Ronald Koeman is expected to rest some key players again. He is already without Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti due to injuries.

Predicted Ferencvaros Starting Lineup:

Dibusz – Heister, Dvali, Frimpong, Blazic, Lovrencsics – Uzuni, Somalia, Siger, Zubkov – Nguen (5-4-1)

Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:

Ter Stegen – Firpo, Lenglet, Mingueza, Dest – Pjanic, Busquets – Coutinho, Pedri, Trincao – Braithwaite (4-2-3-1)

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona Predictions

Score Prediction: Ferencvaros 1-3 Barcelona

Barcelona’s fringe players put in a good performance in Kiev last week and we ought to see them win this relatively comfortably too. Ferencvaros may only have one point, but they have scored in all of their games in this group and clearly have something about them going forward which suggests they may get on the scoresheet again.

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