Our prediction for this Champions League match:
There will be fireworks when Juventus and Chelsea go head to head at Allianz Stadium in the Champions League Group H derby. Juve recorded a routine 3-0 win over Malmo in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s showdown. The Bianconeri have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Spezia and Sampdoria in the previous two league fixtures, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the CL clash. Paulo Dybala has joined Arthur, Nicoulussi Caviglia, Kaio Jorge, and Rabiot in the recovery room.
The Blues, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zenit thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s goal in their opener. Chelsea aim to get their job done in Group H as soon as possible, but, taking everything into account, they would be happy with the share of spoils as well. Kai Havertz is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Man City, while Mason Mount faces races against clock to be fit for the Allianz Stadium game.
Highlighted Player (Leonardo Bonucci):
Over the years Leonardo Bonucci has established himself as one of Juve’s key defenders. The 190-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a right back as well, was born in Viterbo on 1 May, 1987 and he started his senior career at Inter. However, he made no more than one league appearance for the Nerrazzurri between 2005 and 2009.
After ending his loan spells with the likes of Treviso and Pisa, he joined Bari in 2009 and he scored one goal in 38 league games for the club. Juventus signed him in July, 2010 for a fee of €15.5 million. Leonardo Bonucci won his fifth Scudetto with Juve in the 2015/2016 season and he played in the 2014/2015 Champions League final against Barcelona. However, the Bianconeri were beaten by Barca in the title game.
Bonucci made his Italy debut on 3 March, 2010 and two years later he participated in the Euro 2012 final against Spain. The Azzurri were hammered by Vicente del Bosque’s troops 4-0 in the Olympic Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.