Juve have begun to open up a comfortable lead in Serie A, with Paulo Dybala's brace enough for a 2-1 win over Udinese to put them five points clear. They'll take on Lyon likely without the steady presence of Giorgio Chiellini at the back who is dealing with a thigh injury. That provides an interesting opening for Lyon and striker Alexandre Lacazette, who returned from a month-long injury as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Ligue 1 leaders Nice. Lyon stuttered during his absence and will need him firing on all cylinders to keep pace with Juve. The Argentine duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala have nine Serie A goals combined and are likely too much for a Lyon side still finding its footing this season.
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.
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.
Has scored at least 22 goals in each of his last three seasons at Lyon.
Named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2015.
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.