Champions League Preview: Juventus (H)


Juventus make their second trip to Signal Iduna Park this season as Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League brings the Italian league leaders back to town, ten weeks after losing 3-1 here in a pre-season friendly. Juventus lost their opening match 2-1 in London to Arsenal, but got their first points on the board with a 4-0 defeat of Olympiakos three weeks ago.

Dortmund will be looking to maintain their 100% record at home under the management of Gray Surman, and three points tomorrow night will go a long way to ensuring safe passage through to the knockout stages.

BVB will be without Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze until the new year at least, and Andreas Beck is still unavailable for another fortnight. It’s widely expected that Surman will bring back Neven Subotic to partner captain Mats Hummels in the back four, but are likely to be unchanged otherwise.

70-juventusJuventus sit top of Serie A, with 17 points from their 8 matches, suffering only one defeat so far – an opening day 2-0 loss at home to Lazio. They’ve won their last five in all competitions: league wins over Pescara, Bologna, Cagliari and Reggina sandwiching their 4-0 win over Olympiakos.

Gianluigi Buffon (ribs) and Andrea Pirlo (wrist) both face late fitness tests having both taken knocks at the weekend, while Simone Pepe will definitely miss the same as he serves his one match ban for being sent off in the Olympiakos match three weeks ago. Pepe was also sent off in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Reggina, his third dismissal in just four appearances this season.

BVB and Juventus famously met in the 1997 Champions League Final, that BVB won 3-1 in Munich to lift the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in the club’s history to date. Competitively, the clubs have met six other times, with Juventus winning four times to Dortmund’s one, and one draw. In August, Dortmund won a friendly 3-1 with two goals from Marco Reus proving the difference.


skybet95Dortmund: 13-8
Juventus: 6-4F
Draw: 2-1
Ref: Jerome Laperriere (SWI)
Weather: Drizzle, 8°C