The match is over.
Peter Bosz’s Leverkusen side travel to Italy to take on Juventus, looking to pick up their first points of the season after they lost to Locomotive Moscow on the opening night.
Juventus blew a two-goal lead against Atletico Madrid, who fought back to draw 2-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano in game day one of Group D and will be eager to pick up the three points here against Leverkusen. The Old Lady have been conceding more regularly this season than in previous campaigns, but should still have enough firepower up front to take care of the Bundesliga side.
The Bianconeri have fallen behind against both Verona and Brescia in Serie A and are feeling the absence of veteran centre-back Giorgio Chiellini. However, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Aaron Ramsey, and Miralem Pjanic on the pitch the Old Lady have enough attacking capability to turn games around.
Leverkusen have some decent attacking options themselves in the shape of Jamaican winger Leon Bailey and striker Kevin Volland and will be desperate to get something out of this game to bring back to Germany.
Juventus will be expected to win this game after wasting their chance to pick up the three points in Spain against Atletico in game day one. Leverkusen could cause them problems and will want to do better after losing 2-1 to Locomotive Moscow on the opening day themselves.
Head to Head
These sides last met in the Champions League in the 2001-2002 season, Juventus won their home game in the second group stage 4-0 while Leverkusen won theirs 3-1. The German side would go on to lose the final to Real Madrid that year after they defeated both Liverpool and Manchester United in the knockout rounds.
The match to end in Juventus win.
Juventus haven’t been setting the world alight in Serie A yet this season and will need a good win in Europe to kick start their campaign. However, the injuries are beginning to stack up with Giorgio Chiellini now joined on the treatment table by Mattia Di Sciglio, Danilo, Douglas Costa, Mattia Perin, and Marko Pjaca.
For Leverkusen this is a must win game if they are to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout rounds, their form in the Bundesliga has been alright, winning three of their opening five games, however they did lose 4-0 away to Borussia Dortmund.
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