Amidst the talk of Pep's City, Bayern's continued dominance and strong starts from Real Madrid and Barca, Juve have gotten lost in the noise. The Turin-based club sit atop Serie A with new signings Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Dani Alves all looking comfortable in black and white stripes. The biggest mark against them is a underwhelming 0-0 draw against Sevilla in their first group match, making this an important fixture for them to grab three points from. Croatian winger Marko Pjaca will be making an early return to Dinamo after joining Juve over the summer and has vowed not to celebrate if he scores (which is a silly trend, but that's for another time). His former club ended a 103 match unbeaten run at home and adding a result against Juventus would be an impressive start to a new streak. Dinamo won 1-0 over the weekend, putting them in third in the Croatian first division and will be led by El Arbi Soudani, who has five league goals already. While Juve are clear favorites in this match, it's worth tuning in just to catch this crew in action.
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.
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.
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
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.