Juve are guaranteed to go through and Zagreb are guaranteed to go home. Dinamo have yet to pick up a point, or score a goal, in the Champions League and will face a Juve team that still need to pick up points to guarantee they win the group. While a draw would be enough, they beat Zagreb 4-0 in Croatia and a similar result on Wednesday would not be surprising. Juve have not lost in 19 home matches in European cup competition and with motivation to get points to win the group, that streak should continue.
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.
Dinamo are back in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13 after winning their play-off against Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. They’re the only Croatian side to ever win a European trophy (the 1967 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), but have never made it out of the Champions League group stage. With Juve, Sevilla, and Lyon awaiting, it would be an early surprise if they were to manage that feat this year. They’ll look to Bosnia and Herzegovina youngster Armin Hodžić and Chilean forward Junior Fernandes to pull off an upset.
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.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored 18 goals at just 21 years old last season.
Averages a goal every other game for Zagreb and is Algeria’s sixth highest goalscorer in history