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Juve, Sevilla both have reason to believe

Juventus and Sevilla FC are both looking to build on winning starts in UEFA Champions League Group D when they meet for the first time in Turin on matchday two.

Juve scorers Mario Mandžukić and Álvaro Morata celebrate in Manchester
Juve scorers Mario Mandžukić and Álvaro Morata celebrate in Manchester ©AFP/Getty Images

Juventus and Sevilla FC are both looking to build on winning starts in UEFA Champions League Group D when they meet for the first time in Turin on matchday two.

Match background

Juventus
• Massimiliano Allegri's men began their campaign with an impressive 2-1 comeback win at Manchester City FC.

• Juventus are on a 13-match unbeaten home run in UEFA competition, dating back to a 2-0 loss to FC Bayern München in April 2013. Their record in Turin in last term's UEFA Champions League was W5 D1 L0.

• Juve faced three Spanish sides in last season's competition. The Bianconeri slumped 1-0 at Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday two, then were held 0-0 by Atleti four games later. They fared better against Real Madrid CF, winning 2-1 at home in the 2014/15 semi-finals en route to a 3-2 aggregate triumph. The Turin club then lost the final 3-1 to FC Barcelona.

• Their overall home record against Liga opposition is W13 D7 L2.

Sevilla
• The Andalusian club earned their first UEFA Champions League home victory since 2009 when they overcame VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 on matchday one.

• It is a little over four months since Sevilla won in Italy for the first time when defeating ACF Fiorentina 2-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final to secure a 5-0 aggregate success. Neto, now at Juventus, was the Viola goalkeeper.

• Sevilla lost just one of seven away games in their triumphant 2014/15 UEFA Europa League run (W3 D3 L1).

• In winning their fourth UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup in May, Sevilla surpassed Juventus's three titles and became the club with most triumphs in the competition outright.

• The third of those four successes came at the Juventus Stadium in 2013/14, as Sevilla dispatched SL Benfica 4-2 on penalties after a goalless final. 

Coach and player links
• As AC Milan coach, Allegri suffered UEFA Champions League elimination against Barcelona twice in successive seasons – in the 2011/12 quarter-finals and the 2012/13 round of 16. His overall record against Liga clubs with the Rossoneri was W1 D4 L5.

• With Valencia CF, Sevilla boss Unai Emery oversaw home (3-2) and away (2-1) wins over Genoa CFC in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Fernando Llorente scored 23 Serie A goals in two campaigns with Juventus (2013/15), landing back-to-back league titles before joining Sevilla.

• Ciro Immobile began his career in Juve's youth ranks and after his senior debut in March 2009 he appeared five times in total for the Bianconeri. He returned to Turin with Borussia Dortmund for a 2-1 reverse in last term's UEFA Champions League round of 16.

• Martín Cáceres played for Sevilla between 2010 and 2012. He also had spells in Spain with RC Recreativo de Huelva and Barcelona.

• Sami Khedira won seven out of eight matches against Sevilla with Real Madrid.

• Neither Álvaro Morata nor Mario Mandžukić scored against Sevilla in Spanish football (two appearances each with Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid respectively).

• As an AC Chievo Verona player, Marco Andreolli faced Juventus three times, drawing twice in Turin and losing once at home.

• As a Milan player (2014–15), Adil Rami lost all three games played against Juventus.

• Rami was in the France side beaten 3-0 by Hernanes's Brazil in a June 2013 friendly, with Hernanes scoring the second goal.

• Benoît Trémoulinas made his France debut in a 2-1 away win against Italy in November 2012. Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio played for Italy.

• Players who have played together:
Lichtsteiner & Rami (LOSC Lille 2006–08)
Hernanes & Andreolli (FC Internazionale Milano 2014–15)
Marchisio & Andreolli (Italy Under-21)
Patrice Evra & Rami (France)
Morata & Llorente, Vitolo (Spain)
Immobile & Buffon, Chiellini, Marchisio, Barzagli, Bonucci, Simone Zaza (Italy)

Match facts

Juventus
• By winning one and drawing two of their first six games, Juventus have made their worst start to a Serie A campaign since 1969/70. They made a worse start in 1955/56 (four draws, two defeats) and had not lost three of their first six league games since 1987/88.

• Juventus have not won in three home matches this term, for the loss of seven points – they dropped only six points in Turin in the previous two seasons combined.

• Paul Pogba scored his first penalty in Serie A as the Old Lady triumphed 2-0 at Genoa CFC on 20 September.

• Mario Lemina, a summer arrival from Olympique de Marseille, made his Bianconeri debut in Genoa and kept his place for the 1-1 home draw with league newcomers Frosinone Calcio three days later. He scored his first goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to SSC Napoli.

• Mandžukić suffered a thigh injury against Genoa that is expected to sideline him for three weeks.

• Khedira sustained a right thigh injury in a friendly against Marseille on 1 August and is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, although he returned to full training at the weekend.

• Zaza deputised for Mandžukić versus Frosinone and marked his first start for the club by opening the scoring. Neto made his Juventus debut in the same game, taking the place of the rested Buffon, but was denied a clean sheet by Leonardo Blanchard's 92nd-minute goal. Bonucci was captain for the first time.

• Paulo Dybala has been called up by Argentina for the first time for the Albiceleste's upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay.

Sevilla
• Sevilla picked up only two points from their first five Liga games, scoring two goals in the process, but beat Rayo Vallecano de Madrid 3-2 on Saturday.

• Sebastián Cristóforo made his first competitive appearance since 3 December 2014 in the 2-0 defeat by UD Las Palmas on 23 September.

• Gaël Kakuta and Sergio Escudero (muscle injuries) are doubtful for the trip to Turin; Éver Banega (knee), Daniel Carriço (hamstring) and Rami (adductor) are out.