A thunderous Juan Cuadrado strike was the difference-maker when these two sides met two weeks ago as 10-man Juve snuck past Lyon as Gianluigi Buffon saved an Alexandre Lacazette penalty. Including that match, Lyon have lost five of their last seven as Lacazette has returned from injury. Luckily, he's scored all of Lyon's three goals in their past two matches and should give Juve plenty to think about in Turin. A win for Lyon would have them right back in the hunt to get out of the group and only one point behind Juve, while a win for the Italian side and Sevilla, would guarantee they won't go any further.
Over the summer, Italian champions Juve robbed their biggest Serie A rivals of their best talent - taking the league’s top goalscorer, Gonzalo Higuain, away from second-place finishers Napoli and the most productive midfielder, Miralem Pjanic, from Roma, who finished third. With their domestic season looking comfortable, you’d expect Juventus to put their focus on winning the Champions League for the first time since 1996, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte starting in midfield. While they’ll certainly miss the loss of Paul Pogba, they’ve reinforced enough over the summer that they are considered among the favorites to reach the final.
Lyon will be expected to improve on their dismal display in the Champions League last year, when they finished in dead last in the group in a disastrous start to the season. With star striker Alexandre Lacazette not moving over the summer and the return of young attacking midfielder Nabil Fakir from injury, they have the firepower to do so. Elsewhere the squad remains relatively intact, apart from defender Samuel Umtiti’s move to Barcelona after starting for France at the Euros. They’re the clear favorite to upset PSG’s league dominance and early domestic momentum could translate into a smooth run in the group stage.
Scored a Serie A-record 36 league goals for Napoli last season.
The heart and soul of Juve for over 15 years and 460+ appearances, even as they were relegated to Serie B following the Calciopoli betting scandal.